Auto industry: job cuts at VW? This is how it continues

Auto industry: job cuts at VW?  This is how it continues

The falling demand for electric cars also affects the car manufacturer’s employees. The uncertainty is growing.

In view of the low demand for electric cars, Volkswagen is threatened with job cuts at the Zwickau plant. According to dpa information, there is talk of not extending employees’ fixed-term contracts.

Initially, this could affect a few hundred of the approximately 10,700 employees at the Saxon location at the end of October. More than 2,000 people currently work there on fixed-term contracts. Depending on the further market situation, they could now face the end of their jobs at VW for the foreseeable future. A company meeting is planned tomorrow.

Saxony’s economics minister wants to find a solution

“It’s a serious situation,” said Saxony’s Economics Minister Martin Dulig (SPD) when asked by the German Press Agency. He has been in contact with the works council and his Lower Saxony counterpart Olaf Lies (SPD) for several weeks.

“We want to show employees a positive perspective, but we can’t always discuss possible solutions publicly right away.” At the same time, Dulig warned against artificially conjuring up “possible future scenarios”.

Letter to management

Uncertainty has been growing in the electric car factory for weeks due to sluggish demand. Many employees express concern. Representatives from IG Metall have now written a letter to the management.

“Enough is enough! We finally want answers,” the “Freie Presse” quoted from the letter. The alarm bells are obviously ringing in the state government too. “In the next few days, maybe hours, we will hear unfortunate news,” said Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) at a CDU regional conference, according to the “Leipziger Volkszeitung”.

VW has converted its factory in Zwickau into a factory for electric vehicles in recent years at a cost of 1.2 billion euros. This year production was actually supposed to increase. Instead, there could now be a reduction in shifts, because in view of high inflation and declining subsidies, car buyers are now reluctant to buy electric cars.

Source: Stern

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