Tension brewing within Volkswagen? Labour leader slams CEO’s ‘no empathy’

All shouldn’t be nicely inside Volkswagen, one of many largest carmaker on the planet. Ahead of a vital supervisory board meeting right now, the German auto large’s labour chief has slammed Herbert Diess, Group CEO of Volkswagen, over his lack of empathy in direction of employees’ issues.

What triggered the outburst was Diess’ absence from a meeting with employees on November 4 because of his pre-planned go to to the United States.

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“The reason for the cancellation is telling. Herbert Diess is preferring Wall Street investors over the company’s workforce – this behaviour is unprecedented in the history of our group and once again shows that even in times of crisis the group chief executive has no empathy or sense for the situation of the workforce,” stated Daniela Cavallo, Head of Volkswagen’s works council. “He is simply not taking an interest in the concerns of the workforce,” he added.

The response is reminder to the current controversy over reviews on potential job cuts by the German auto large. During the supervisory board meeting held final month, Herbert Diess reportedly stated that in an effort to velocity up its electrical automobiles recreation to meet up with Tesla, the company could let go 30,000 employees. While the carmaker denied the reviews, it had admitted that the Wolfsburg facility in Germany must scale as much as meet its EV necessities.

The remarks from Cavallo got here after it turned clear that Diess is not going to meet the employees and as an alternative meet with traders and politicians within the United States. However, Diess has invited Volkswagen employees on the Wolfsburg plant tomorrow forward of asserting the third-quarter outcomes. 

The supervisory board meeting to be held right now is prone to take up the matter for dialogue. The carmaker is planning new investments for the subsequent 5 years to push its EV video games increased to compete with Tesla. Volkswagen had earlier stated that Tesla is setting new requirements for productiveness and scale in Grunheide, the place Tesla’s first European Gigafactory is being arrange. When operational, the power is predicted to have peak capability between 5,000 to 10,000 automobiles each week, which itself is greater than twice of what all the EV manufacturing was within the nation final year.

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