Some 500 of the 1,000 assembly line workers at Renault do Brasil sent on compulsory paid vacations for up to four months have been summoned back to work this week.
 
This took place almost two months before the deadline set in a deal with the Curitiba Metal Workers Trade Union.
 
According to the company's human resource director, Carlos Magni, more workers will return in April.
 
Over the past three months the suspended employees have been taking an average of 80 hours of training courses. The suspension of employment contracts is a little known practice in Brazil. It helps cut short-term costs - in the case of Renault 50% of the employees' wages were paid with resources from the Labour Ministry's Workers Support Fund.
 
Workers are being recalled on an upturn to car demand in Brazil following government actions to stimulate the market.