Three-shift operation at VW in Zwickau in question

Sales of electric cars at Volkswagen are not going as planned. The plant in Zwickau is therefore now threatened with further cuts: Starting in January, the plant will only work in two shifts.

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E-vehicles roll off the production line at Volkswagen's Zwickau plant. © Jan Woitas / dpa

ZwickauFurther cuts are threatening at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau. According to information from the German Press Agency management has terminated the company agreement on three-shift operation dating from 1991. It will thus expire at the end of the year.

"The aim is to reach a new company agreement, jointly supported by the company and the employees, which takes into account the current market situation and ensures the profitability of the site," a company spokesman explained on Wednesday in response to a question. Accordingly, production at the Wolfsburg and Emden sites will no longer be in three shifts either.

Only a day earlier it had become known that VW will cut production at its Zwickau e-car factory for two weeks at the beginning of October due to weakening demand. One production line is to come to a complete standstill. Management plans to hold talks with the works council on how to proceed from October 16.

According to the company, the termination of the company agreement is a "necessary formal step" in order to negotiate a new, sustainable company agreement. Talks on this will begin this week.

The plant in Zwickau is regarded as the Group's pioneer in electromobility. Around 10,700 people work there. They produce electric models for the Volkswagen brands, Audi and Cupra. (dpa)

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