EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Region: Zwickau, Kreisfreie Stadt; Chemnitz; Sachsen
Location of affected unit(s): Zwickau


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles
Number Employed: 592586

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 15-12-2015
Planned Job Reductions min: 600
Planned Job Reductions max: 600
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 15-12-2015
Foreseen End Date: 30-06-2016

Additional Information

Volkswagen, Europe's largest producer of cars, announced to dismiss 600 temporary agency workers at their German site in Zwickau by June 2016. The company did not name any reasons, however the works council referred to the new strategy for the Phaeton model and to the emissions scandal as a reason for the job cuts. The bodywork of the model is manufactured in Zwickau and production will probably end in 2016. According to IG Metall, the production at the site will be stopped for four weeks in 2016. Therefore 8,500 employees are forced to take a holiday.

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers which currently employs 592,586 employees worldwide.