The Corona-crisis: BMW follow, the works Council wants to reduce office footprint considerably

BMW employees should in future receive considerably more free space in the working hours. The calls for the "mirror" to the works Council, head of the Munich-

The Corona-crisis: BMW follow, the works Council wants to reduce office footprint considerably

BMW employees should in future receive considerably more free space in the working hours. The calls for the "mirror" to the works Council, head of the Munich-based car manufacturer, Manfred Schoch. On at least two days in the week, the workers should not have to appear in the office,but work from home or another location of your choice. "That would be a Wake-up call for the entire German economy," said Schoch. "Companies need to realize that they should bind their employees to a fixed location."

A higher degree of flexibility would benefit not only the employees and their families, but also the environment. All employers would drive the required attendance on three days per week, would be reduced traffic by 40 percent, said Schoch. "With this simple measure, CO2 emissions and congestion would be reduced and the quality of life in the cities would greatly increase."The companies could save money because they need less office space.

apprentices can breathe a sigh of relief

Schoch doubt, however, that the change in the whole of Germany to implement: "to sit In the boardrooms of too many Control freaks that have their employees prefer to be directly in front of the own door."Also, the BMW Management suspension of a culture of Presence, criticized the works Council. "We should use the crisis to make this new Form of mobile working for social Standard."

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Regardless of the future functioning of the works Council and the group agreed on Friday to 6000 jobs will be cut. This is done through staff turnover and voluntary agreements, informed the company, based in Munich, Germany, on Friday. Redundancies are excluded accordingly. "We have agreed on a future-oriented package of measures that will help us in the short term, to improve the company results, but in the long term, the innovation force," said the new HR Manager Ilka Horst Meier.

The a result of the Corona pandemic, which has forced numerous companies from the automotive and supplier industry, to further reduce costs is the removal. Alone at BMW, more than 30,000 Employees in Germany were in short-time work, and they return only slowly to their jobs.

To the with the works Council agreed upon measures pension close to the age dropouts" with severance payments, which are now brought forward". 40-hours contracts should be reduced to 38 hours, and a part of the staff can dispense with a collective additional money in return for up to eight additional vacation days. A part of the staff reduction will be through natural fluctuation. Usually about 5000 employees leave every year the group, half of which goes to pension. A Succession of Points to be examined in each individual case. Unchanged BMW wants to invest in the training and in this and in the coming year, once again, 1200 trainees in Germany alone set. The Acquisition for the apprentices in the factories and the Headquarters after completion of the training apply to continue, it said.

Updated Date: 19 June 2020, 07:19

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