Volkswagen is considering a reduction in temporary workers as part of efforts to offset the cost of the emissions scandal, the automaker’s works council said.
VW said in a statement that the outlook for its sales and employment levels were unpredictable after the company reported on Friday lower September deliveriesfor its core autos division and the 12-brand group.
It has also said it will be seeking price reductions from suppliers and intends to rationalise its model ranges under the group banner.
Last week, its French offices were visited by Government inspectors looking into the testing procedures and follows similar incidents in other countries.
At the same time, the German giant will continue investing and developing facilities in certain countries to meet long term objectives and it’s restructuring its management line up as investigations continue into the extent of the diesel-deceit system, said to have been developed in more than one system for various engines.
VW has already committed to a global recall of about 11 million models over the next 12 months, some will be fairly easy to correct but others will require more substantial work.
Governments are also likely to insist on approving the remedial work and carrying out retests on selected models.
The issue came late in September and as not so far had much impact on sales but this month could show how the publicity is likely to affect business.
VW has said it wants to be moving forward in 2018 with the issues behind and making significant profits from 2020 with new models on sale.