Rosik emphasized: "We want to safeguard the future viability of jobs with Volkswagen in Germany. For this purpose, we will need to rapidly establish competitiveness. We will only be able to invest in the future if we have costs under control." With its "Transform 2025+" strategy, Volkswagen is currently realigning itself for the mobility of the future. A fundamental prerequisite for success is improved competitiveness.
Rosik summed up the situation as follows: "We have made progress with the realignment of the Volkswagen brand and the pact for the future is starting to deliver. However, this must not lead us to forget that we are still at the beginning of a long and arduous road. We are fighting for the future of Volkswagen. More and more financially strong competitors from the software and IT sector are entering the automotive industry, Asian manufacturers are stepping up the pace of competition and regulators are calling for increasingly large investments. Throughout the world, the automobile business faces uncertainty. We need to take all these risks into account."
As regards progress with the first round of negotiations, Rosik said: "We have received the demands of IG Metall, explained our opposition to the trade union representatives and offered to develop a solution together."
The collective agreement of Volkswagen AG applies to about 120,000 employees at the Wolfsburg, Brunswick, Hanover, Salzgitter, Emden and Kassel plants as well as Volkswagen Financial Services AG.
Negotiations are due to continue on Thursday, January 11, 2018.