Discussions About Securing the Location Heidenheim Are Constructive.
Negotiation Group Agrees on a Key Issues Paper.
Employer, Works Council and the trades union IG Metall have now agreed on a joint key issues paper with solution proposals. Among other points, the paper covers the elimination of approximately 430 jobs at the location. Both parties have agreed to plan the job cuts without redundancies due to operational reasons wherever possible. Should this not be feasible for all of the approximately 430 jobs affected, it is also envisaged to offer a possibility of negotiating possible redundancies from autumn 2014. The job reduction program is to be completed by March 31, 2015. Apart from job cuts it has also been proposed to introduce short-term measures such as a reduction of the working hours of all employees at Heidenheim by up to ten percent in order to eliminate the capacity problems. For this purpose, it is intended to sign a supplementary labor and wage agreement with the trades union IG Metall. A relevant declaration of intent has been drafted on Wednesday this week.
On the basis of this joint key issues paper it is now planned to negotiate all further specific contents and their implementation and to present it to the respective executive committees for approval. It is anticipated that a conclusive result of all negotiations will be reached by the end of September.
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