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Women driving a car factory

by / Comments Off on Women driving a car factory / 165 View / November 22, 2014

Victoria Blázquez is one of the 1,600 women who work on the Martorell production plant assembly lines, accounting for 22% of the total workforce, a much higher percentage than the 11% for the remainder of the car industry. She began working in SEAT as an operative and after years of hard work and dedication, she is currently a line supervisor at the assembly shop, one of the positions of responsibility that exists in this area, and traditionally dominated by men.

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For Victoria (or Vicky, as she is known to everyone in the plant) “there is no distinction whatsoever between men and women” on the assembly line. “I feel like just another member of the team and perfectly integrated with the rest of my colleagues. When I began as an operative, I thought I was going to continue in that job for a long time, but later on my goal was to become a supervisor”, recalls Victoria, at a time when there were only two women held similar posts.

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Victoria believes that the automotive sector does not necessarily need to be associated with men, and that women will gradually and normally make headway in the industry. In fact, Martorell is the Spanish production plant with the highest proportion of women. “As you can see, there are many women here”, she says, pointing out some of the lines where there are women operatives. She also thinks that women make an important contribution, such as “order and love of detail” something she uses in her day-to-day activity. “My function as a supervisor is to promote quality, to ensure that each part is assembled flawlessly”, she says.

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Currently she is training to occupy a post as an ESS (End-Stage Supervisor), the most senior position on the assembly line. “I like being close to the car, I would never have imagined that I could train to get this post. They have put their trust in me and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got”, she says enthusiastically.