Volkswagen – Less for works councils – Economy

Possible salary cuts for works councils at Volkswagen and in other large companies could not only affect top earners, but also many employee representatives in lower income brackets. Voices from the group environment confirmed on Tuesday that more details on the consequences of an appeal decision by the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) can only be said after the grounds for the judgment have been submitted. But it is already foreseeable that in the event of an “extreme scenario” there will be noticeable losses in remuneration – for senior as well as for simple works councils. VW is preparing to fundamentally revise the internal salary system for its 250 or so employee representatives. The core question is whether the “hypothetical” career development of a works council member to more advanced tasks or to a position with higher responsibility should be a benchmark for how much he or she earns.

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