Porsche’s works council want the disputed ‘VW law’ to be applied in full to the sports car maker, the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper reported on Wednesday.

“The VW law should be applied to all sites of the company, consequently – to those of Porsche AG, in future, too”, it cited a workers’ representatives resolution as saying.

This would mean that decisions such as choosing a location for a new plant or closing an existing one could not be made against employees’ will, as at Volkswagen.

Porsche’s supervisory board was considering the request at its meeting today, the paper added.

The works council want the VW law included in the agreement merging the two companies, Financial Times Deutschland said.

The federal state of Lower Saxony holds just over 20% of Volkswagen and can use it as a blocking stake under the special VW law.

The European Commission last April said it had not ruled out stepping up legal action against Germany over the law that had shielded Volkswagen from takeover.

Internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy launched legal action against Germany last June for failing to amend properly the law which the European Court of Justice said broke EU rules on the free movement of capital.