The dieselgate emissions scandal which involved Volkswagen’s attempt to cheat the emissions system by employing a defeat device in their cars, has turned out to be a major headache for both the car maker and its employees. The company has incurred losses of close to $10 billion and with the recent initiative of buying back almost 5 lakh cars in the US, the company is struggling to keep this afloat. In the light of the same, Volkswagen India has sent a letter to all its employees urging them to work harder to meet production targets. The contents of the letter also indicate that the manufacturer is considering job cuts if the going gets tough.
The letter signed by Andreas Lauermann, president and managing director, Volkswagen India and Patrick Masson, executive director – HR & administration says, “This is the time for survival of the fittest. If targets aren’t met, the company may have to do away with extra workforce at the Chakan, Pune, plant.” This has turned out to be a cause of worry for many employees of the company, especially those who are part of the workforce that runs the Chakan plant where the Polo and Vento cars are manufactured. In order to cut costs, the company will also be opting for a one-shift operation instead of three. The shifts had been increased to accommodate the production of the new Ameo sedan.