Auto supplier Vitesco is threatened with faster deforestation

The management of the Continental subsidiary Vitesco wants to reduce the workforce in Schwalbach much earlier than originally planned. The employees want to prevent redundancies for operational reasons – and protest.

Demonstration: Employees put their chairs in front of the Vitesco gate.

BAt the automotive supplier Vitesco in Schwalbach in the Main-Taunus district, the number of employees is apparently to be reduced significantly faster than previously announced. The management of the Continental subsidiary originally wanted to reduce the workforce at the site by a third by 2024. 178 jobs would be affected. Now some of the jobs will probably be eliminated much earlier, as the works council and the IG Metall union announced. “That takes the time to find alternative employment opportunities for those affected,” said IG Metall representative Martin Weiss. The management wants to give the employees more concrete information on this Tuesday morning. Because of this new situation, negotiations on the upcoming job cuts were postponed by four weeks.

In protest against the downsizing, employees symbolically placed chairs in front of the factory gate on Monday. On it they had written the professions of those affected, such as “function developer” or “test engineer”, as well as the number of their operating years that were ten years or more. The employees want to prevent redundancies for operational reasons.

Mother in the red

As a result of the Corona crisis, but also because of the switch to electric drives, Continental made losses for the first time in ten years. In the second quarter, adjusted sales decreased by 40 percent, the loss amounted to 741 million euros. For this reason, savings programs have been imposed on all areas, including the former drive division Continental Powertrain, which is now called Vitesco Technologies and has 42,000 employees worldwide.

Among other things, engine controls and fuel lines are developed at the Schwalbach site. The employee representatives suggested that parts of the electric motor development should be relocated from Berlin to Schwalbach. However, this has not yet been discussed further.