Vw's pact for the future is in the home stretch

Vw's pact for the future is in the home stretch

The future pact for more planning security at VW's German locations is entering the home stretch and, according to the company, should be in place "in the next few weeks". "A lot of things are well pre-structured, now we have to work on the details," VW brand chief Herbert Diess said in a company and works council briefing distributed Wednesday. The letter was available to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Manager Magazin" also reported Wednesday that the pact was close to being finalized.

Diess said in the letter, "We can put together packages that set up each location better and more economically, and at the same time also open up a good perspective for the coming years."VW personnel manager Martin Rosik emphasized that the pact requires a willingness to change among the core workforce. He guaranteed: "No employee has to fear losing his or her job – but possibly they will take on other tasks in the future."

One of the six working groups is therefore also discussing programs to retrain employees for new areas. In production, for example, the focus could be on more high-voltage competence for the battery technology of the young electric vehicles. But programming skills for the increasingly networked cars in a digitalized mobility world would also be a conceivable field.

It is already known that in the future up to 2,500 jobs per year could be eliminated through early retirement and part-time work for older employees. In return, new jobs are to be created in IT, for example. All in all, however, the workforce is expected to shrink, VW works council head Bernd Osterloh said. With the pact for the future, the works council and the company want to agree on reforms in the profit-weak core brand VW Passenger Cars with security for the workforce.

Osterloh now stated in the internal letter: "Together with the Board of Management, we have taken great steps forward in recent weeks, but we have not yet reached our goal."He reiterated the willingness of the workforce to "pull the cart out of the mud together". To achieve this, however, the Board of Management must present convincing guarantees for the future of the core passenger car brand that safeguard jobs and offer reliable development prospects for all locations.

The Works Council stressed that Diess and Osterloh had not yet agreed on specific savings measures. This is not the case. "The talks, which have been constructive so far, are continuing and will be continued tomorrow," said the secretary general of the Group Works Council, Gunnar Kilian, on Wednesday. "The fact is: the pact for the future can still fail. Especially if the company does not make concrete commitments for certain future products – such as an entry into battery production."

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