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December 6, 2016

Audi extends job guarantee for 61,000 staff to 2020

Audi is extending its employment guarantee for around 61,000 employees in Germany for a further two years until 2020, with the current deal to be followed by further negotiations with the General Works Council.

Audi is extending its employment guarantee for around 61,000 employees in Germany for a further two years until 2020, with the current deal to be followed by further negotiations with the General Works Council.

The German automaker’s chairman, Rupert Stadler announced the employment guarantee at a company meeting held at the Ingolstadt plant on Monday, as the company wrestles with the emission issue and challenging markets.

“Especially in uncertain times, we want to give our employees a guarantee,” said Stadler. “As the next step, we want to make Audi even more fit for the future.” Discussions with the General Works Council are to start soon.

With the Audi.Future agreement, the manufacturer plans to implement the key points of its 2025 corporate strategy. In the context of the negotiations for example, Audi aims to expand its technological expertise in Germany and to strengthen efficiency of domestic plants.

The question of where to locate the production of additional electric models and ideas for future business sectors are also on the agenda. The pact is also to include a further job guarantee to protect employment for the permanent workforce until far into the coming decade.

“Our goal for the “Audi.Future” agreement is clear,” added Audi labour relations director, Thomas Sigi. “We will qualify our team for the challenges of digitisation while creating a modern working environment at Audi.

“We see the extension of the job guarantee until 2020 as only the start. We will protect jobs at our plants in Germany also over the long term.”

Audi’s board of management and Works Council plan to ink the Audi.Future agreement next year. 

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