Truck builder a lega leg It plans to close its factory in Steyr, Austria, with around 2,300 employees. As the Steyr Business Council announced on Thursday, 64 percent of the workforce had rejected the takeover of the plant by car manager Siegfried Wolf in a vote. “As a result, MAN is now resuming its plans to close the plant in Steyr,” announced the Volkswagen subsidiary in Munich. The next thing to do is negotiate a social plan.
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To date, MAN is building light and medium-weight vehicles in Steyr TruckTruckBut he wants to move production to Krakow, Poland. Wolff, the former chief executive of auto supplier Magna, wanted to take over 1,250 employees of Steyr at much lower wages, revive the Steyr commercial vehicle brand and continue building minivans and midsize trucks at the plant. He also plans to deliver taxis to the Russian group GAZ.
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Andreas Tostman, MAN president, warned the workforce in March that Wolf was the plant’s only future solution. Otherwise, MAN will have to close it at the end of 2023.
“We are really disappointed with the outcome, as we have seen that the alternative to lockdown is a very good path for everyone involved,” said Mann HR Board member Martin Raab on Thursday. More than 90 percent of the employees in Steyr participated in the vote. But apparently, Wolf’s concept of the workforce was not clear enough.
Steyr Business Council Vice Chairman Helmut Emler told the Austrian news agency APA that Wolff’s concept was “decisive, but the cuts would have been very dangerous”. The Business Council now wants to talk to MAN about easing savings plans. It is also open to other investors.
According to the American Psychological Association, Wolf said that he can “only understand the anger of many very well. But even I cannot turn back the clock, only develop a solid and well-thought-out concept of the future.” He “invested a lot of heart and soul in this project” because “with these possibilities of knowledge in producing cars at this location under the Steyr brand it was possible to create something new and wonderful”.
In Germany, MAN has agreed with the Labor Council and IG Metall to eliminate 3,500 jobs by the end of next year. This should be done through partial retirement, termination of fixed-term employment contracts, and job cuts for temporary workers, through voluntary separation payments and changes in the Volkswagen Group.
MAN intends to convert its trucks and buses into electric motors in the next few years and completely reposition themselves for future investments and greater profit again. The company has been weak for years. EU climate requirements for trucks reduce CO2 emissions by at least 30 percent by 2030 from pressure. In addition, there is currently a Corona crisis. (dpa / Rs)
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