- HR Board Member appeals: continue to act in a disciplined way over Easter
- Brandstätter and Osterloh: health protection is the absolute priority for the resumption of production
- Company management and General Works Council set binding standards
- Objectives: protection, safety, information, transparency, clear orientation
Clear rules to protect employees
For the resumption of production at Volkswagen, health takes priority over speed. For this reason, company management and the General Works Council have laid down clear rules and measures for the protection of employees in a works agreement. Volkswagen HR Board Member Gunnar Kilian says: “We are taking comprehensive precautions so that our employees can work safely. We also appeal to each and every employee: continue to act in a disciplined way over Easter, keep your distance, stay at home and help to limit the spread of coronavirus. For Volkswagen, one thing is clear: the federal and state governments have our full support in their fight against coronavirus.” As regards the resumption of production, it has only been decided that a few units of Components, which have continued operation to some extent, will extend their operations to safeguard the supply of components to plants in China from the Tuesday after Easter. This will concern a total of 1,700 employees at the Brunswick, Kassel, Salzgitter, Chemnitz and Hanover Components plants. They will be informed by their line managers. Apart from these operations, production at the Components and vehicle plants continues to be suspended. Further details of the mode of operation are expected after Easter. The objective of the new works agreement is to take precautions against coronavirus at an early stage in order to prevent infections. Production processes are being optimized and consistent minimum distances and strict hygiene standards will apply in all areas. Where minimum distances of 1.5 meters are not possible, all employees will receive appropriate protective equipment.