Η Volkswagen, μόλις 9 μήνες μετά από τότε που άρχισε να κατασκευαστεί το Αμερικάνικο Passat, ανακοίνωσε ότι κατασκεύασε το 100.000στο αυτοκίνητο στο νέο της εργοστάσιο της πόλης Chattanooga. Το πρώτο Passat βγήκε από το εργοστάσιο στις 18 Απριλίου του 2011, το 10.000στο στις 8 Σεπτεμβρίου του 2011 και το 50.000στο στις 7 Φεβρουαρίου του 2012. Το 100.000στο Passat είναι ένα μπλε 2.0-λιτρο TDI SEL Premium που συνδυάζεται με 6-τάχυτο DSG κιβώτιο και ιδιοκτήτρια του, είναι η Joanne Benante από την Atlanta της Georgia, η οποία παρέλαβε το αυτοκίνητο της από το εργοστάσιο στο Tennessee.
Και ενώ όλα αυτά συμβαίνουν στην Αμερική, στην Γερμανία η Volkswagen ήρθε σε συμφωνία με το IG Metall, την ένωση των εργαζομένων της Γερμανίας, στην οποία σχεδόν όλοι οι εργαζόμενοι στις αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίες της Γερμανίας είναι μέλη.
Η Volkswagen έδωσε αύξηση 4.3% στους βασικούς μισθούς από την 1η Ιουνίου του 2012 ενώ θα δημιουργήσει επιπλέον 175 θέσεις μαθητείας. Παράλληλα συμφωνήθηκε ότι 3.000 έκτακτο προσωπικό θα γίνει μόνιμο μέσα στο 2013 ενώ νέες προσφορές για απασχόληση θα γίνουν μετά από 36 μήνες. Ωστόσο, ανάλογα με τα προσόντα, ο χρόνος αυτός μπορεί να μειωθεί έως και 18 μήνες. Αναλυτικά τα κύρια σημεία της νέας συλλογικής σύμβασης μπορείς να τα βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
Volkswagen and IG Metall successfully conclude pay negotiations
- Base pay to rise by 4.3 percent
- Agreement reached on permanent employment of temporary personnel
- Company to create 175 additional apprenticeships
Wolfsburg / Hanover, 31 May 2012 – Volkswagen and IG Metall brought their negotiations on the company collective agreement to a successful conclusion in Hanover on Thursday night. There is to be a 4.3 percent increase in base pay effective June 1, 2012. In addition to the collective agreement, it was agreed with the Works Council that Volkswagen would increase the number of apprenticeships in Germany by 175. This means that Volkswagen will be training 525 more young people than before in three years’ time. It was also decided to transfer up to 3,000 temporary personnel to permanent employment by mid-2013. Employment offers will be made after 36 months. Depending on qualifications, this period may be reduced to as little as 18 months in the future.
Dr. Horst Neumann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft responsible for Human Resources, said: “Our employees will receive a reasonable pay increase. We have gone to the limits allowed by tougher international competition in the automotive industry. To further improve our competitive position, we continue to invest in training and are creating 175 additional apprenticeships.”
The main points of the collective agreement are as follows:
Pay increase: The base pay of employees covered by the collective agreement is to rise by 4.3 percent. “Volkswagen und IG Metall took into account the fact that competition in the automotive industry worldwide is increasing at a breathtaking pace,” said the chief negotiator for Volkswagen, Martin Rosik, Head of Human Resources of the Volkswagen Passenger Car Brand. As regards base pay, Volkswagen took its orientation from the development of collective agreements in the metal industry. Rosik continued: “For the competitiveness of Volkswagen facilities in Germany, it is crucial for pay increases to be based on the economic performance of the sector.”
Term: The new collective agreement has a term of 13 months (June 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013). Rosik: “This means that we stay very close to the regional collective agreement and underscores the orientation of Volkswagen’s company collective agreement to competition in the sector.”
Annual one-off payment for apprentices: From May 2012, Volkswagen apprentices are to receive an annual one-off payment of 200 euros. Negotiations concerning possible differentiations of the one-off payment on the basis of performance criteria are to take place over the next few months.
From 2012, Volkswagen will be paying students enrolled on dual study programs a one-off learning materials subsidy of 150 euros at the beginning of their course to promote their training.
Temporary personnel: Higher pay scales will also be available to temporary personnel from 2013. In addition, in production with performance-oriented pay, temporary personnel will become entitled to performance-oriented remuneration components after two years of service.
In addition to the collective agreement, the following points were agreed with the Works Council:
Additional apprenticeships: Volkswagen and the Works Council have agreed that Volkswagen will recruit 175 more apprentices for its ten German plants than was previously the case. This will bring the number of apprenticeships filled by Volkswagen in Germany each year to about 1,600.
“Including apprentices in all years of their course, this means that Volkswagen will be providing first-class training for about 5,000 young people in Germany. The 525 new apprenticeships will boost our training capacity, which is already high, by more than ten percent,” Rosik added.
Of the new openings, 125 are to be created at the classical plants in Wolfsburg, Brunswick, Salzgitter, Hanover, Kassel and Emden, while there are to be 50 more apprenticeships per year at the plants in Saxony and Osnabrück.
Transfer of temporary personnel to permanent employment: The company and the Works Council have agreed that Volkswagen will offer permanent contracts to up to 3,000 temporary personnel during the term of the collective agreement. Temporary employees with limited automobile production qualifications are to be offered training during their assignments. Following the successful completion of training, permanent employment will be available after 36 months. The period before an employment offer is made may be reduced to 18 months depending on qualifications.