Germany - Massive job cuts at Volkswagen - November 30, 2016

An agreement at Volkswagen plans layoff in the range of some 30,000 in total, 23,000 of which in Germany. Months of discussions between trade union IG Metall, the VW Works Council and company management on VW’s future, new technology and an efficient production system, have resulted in what the parties call a ‘pact for the future’. The emissions scandal got the company into a serious crisis in the context of which the pressure was high to lay off. While the company also plans to create some 9000 new jobs in the electric vehicle division, the goal is to avoid layoffs and instead phase out the outdated jobs with natural fluctuation, partial retirement and early retirement schemes.

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