Crisis in the auto industry: Conti-Workers hope for help from Berlin

developers do not apply just when the according to most workers, on a couple of sun yellow Fedora hats in front of the Vitesco plant in Schwalbach, near Frankfu

Crisis in the auto industry: Conti-Workers hope for help from Berlin

developers do not apply just when the according to most workers, on a couple of sun yellow Fedora hats in front of the Vitesco plant in Schwalbach, near Frankfurt, to read. On the hats the some 40 people have glued in front of the factory gate small slips of paper "For one another – but not in Vitesco" you can only read close up with three question marks. For one another, in English bond, the group is overwritten by the mission statement of the Continental. You can hold them together, is in it, and each other's role. "But we have our doubts that these values be lived," explains Carola Rühl, the Chairman of the works Council.

Falk Heunemann

business editor of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

F. A. Z.

Since this Monday, the works Council and the Management of the auto supplier have to negotiate whether to actually 178 in Schwalbach disappear am Taunus, this is more than a third of the workforce. Originally the talks were planned already in the spring, but the Corona pandemic has been delayed, and virtual negotiations on Skype workers did not want to get involved. Because of the job cuts was planned long before the Corona, the crisis in the automotive industry stricter.

Continental save on all Ends

The supplier group from Hanover, made in 2019 for the first time since the Lehman crisis, loss wants to make himself independent of gas engines, more on electric mobility, focusing and significantly more profitable. The Continental lace has imposed on all of the areas of savings programs. In addition, a daughter named Vitesco was from the drive division Powertrain, without the group name, the Continental, and with its own Logo in Sunny yellow. The IPO of Vitesco – 42,000 employees, 50 locations worldwide and 7.8 billion euros in sales – was already scheduled, but is postponed for the time being.

Large development departments for motor controls or fuel lines, the group holds in the new time apparently unnecessary, in Schwalbach, the developer should, therefore, in these two areas until 2024. But try to keep highly qualified employees, according to the company. Therefore, it will make the Affected internal displacement offers and electrification training offer. In Schwalbach, the area of electrification, will be expanded and there will be additional Posts in the Central administration.

"Stupid", it's called removal of the Frankfurt IG-Metall CEO Michael Erhardt nevertheless, the make. The company at the risk of losing the experience and Knowledge of software developers. Because these take up a job offer in the Vitesco Headquarters in 350 kilometers away in Regensburg, doubted it. "All of the find quickly a Job in the Rhine-Main Region." His goal was, to avoid operational redundancies in Schwalbach.

in Order to achieve the hopes of the unionists of help from Berlin, and the in two ways. For one, says Erhardt, was overloaded, the Vitesco location in the capital with development work and I swapped out therefore. These jobs could you get back to your company and to Schwalbach to forgive.

Updated Date: 03 August 2020, 16:19

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