The negotiating committees of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and a IG Metall trade kinship met currently in Hanover for a start of compensate negotiations. The arch adjudicator for Volkswagen, Martin Rosik, Head of Human Resources during a Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said: “2013 is a formidable year, there are no signs of a recovery. Volkswagen contingency face adult to developments on a European market, competitiveness contingency not be compromised. A assuage compensate agreement is therefore even some-more essential than in prior years.”
“There has been a thespian decrease in a conditions on a European vehicle market”, Rosik continued. “We explained a research to IG Metall and will now be seeking a right answer to worse foe together with a worker side.”
“It is precisely on a home marketplace of Europe that we are confronting a thespian dump in demand”, Rosik commented. “The vehicle markets in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece have been cut by some-more than half compared with 2007. The marketplace in Europe has engaged by roughly one entertain and there are no manifest signs that could give us means for optimism. Record unemployment, descending salary and supervision purgation measures are gloomy a mood of consumers in many European countries and weakening a economy further.”
Describing a marketplace situation, Rosik said: “For automakers that rest to a vast border or exclusively on a European market, a conditions is threatening. They are fighting a sour cost conflict for marketplace share.” He combined that Asian carmakers are conducting an assertive descent to launch models constructed during most reduce labor costs in a Far East as good as Central and Eastern Europe. “They make vehicles most some-more low than we can during a German plants,” Rosik underlined. “Labor costs in a Korean vehicle industry, for example, are usually one third of a turn in Germany. The conditions is serve aggravated by this rival disadvantage.”
Rosik affirmed: “Volkswagen will continue to make cars in Germany. However, given a thespian conditions we will usually attain in that if we find a right answers together with a worker side.”
The common agreement of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft covers some 102,000 employees during a plants in Wolfsburg, Brunswick, Hanover, Salzgitter, Emden and Kassel as good as Volkswagen Financial Services AG.
Negotiations are due to continue on May 27, 2013.