BMW savings program: Works council sees parallels to economic crisis

BMW savings program: Works council sees parallels to economic crisis

At BMW in Munich, 40-hour contracts are not being extended and temporary workers are being released on the train of the BMW savings program. This is reported by the business and industry newspaper Automobilwoche. “This reminds many of the beginning of the world economic crisis 2008/2009,” writes head of works council Manfred Schoch in a letter to the employees, which is present at “Automobilwoche”.

“Many colleagues feel the company tightening their belts,” the letter says. “It’s not fitting that we’re launching more and more fireworks of new models and technologies on the one hand and reducing the capacity to do so by not extending 40-hour contracts and cutting back on temporary workers.”

Contradictory communications cause confusion in the BMW savings program

In addition, the workforce was unsettled by conflicting communications. On the one hand there are profit warnings, on the other hand record sales. “The works council therefore demands clarity, openness and transparency from the board.” The next company meeting to explain the austerity measures is on 25 July.

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