Suspension anticipated to be for ten working days
Reasons are the uncertain sales environment, volatile supply chains and to protect employees
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is taking action in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will be suspending vehicle production. This applies from hursday (19 March 2020) for an anticipated ten working days. The production sites affected are those in Hannover (T6.1, Amarok and eCrafter), Poznan in Poland (Caddy and T6.1) and Wrzesnia in Poland (Crafter). The reasons for stopping production are the uncertain sales environment for light commercial vehicles, the suppliers' volatile supply chains and to protect the health of all employees.
Bertina Murkovic, Chairwoman of the VWCV Works Council: «The Works Council is fully behind the management team’s decision to shut down production in Hannover. For all of us on the Works Council the health and the safeguarding of the workers and their families is the absolute priority. All the measures being taken are designed to curb the spread of the virus. In order to achieve this the workforce at Volkswagen is solidly pulling together.» All measures taken to date remain applicable until further notice, always with the aim of preventing personal contact wherever possible and thus containing the spread of the coronavirus. These include:
– More flexible use of remote working
– Particular protection of employees in Covid-19 risk groups
– Meetings being held by Skype or telephone
– Company restaurants and self-service shops being closed as of today and no catering being provided any more
– Employees returning from abroad at any time since 14 March are for the duration of the incubation period of 14 days not being allowed to enter any Volkswagen AG operating sites or other premises
The suspension affects around 24,000 staff in Germany and Poland.