Volkswagen may reduce the number of temporary workers it employs in an attempt to save money and pay for the emissions scandal that has rocked the very top ranks of the company.
A spokesman for the council, a grouping of labor representatives within the company, said it would support efforts to secure temporary jobs, but that the company’s “board” may not have a choice but to release the workers.
Volkswagen said in a statement that the outlook for its sales and employment levels were unpredictable.
“If employment declines temporarily, shortened working hours will be a reasonable option,” Volkswagen said, adding that the executive board was doing everything it could to secure jobs.
Volkswagen has said it will cut investment plans at its biggest division by 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a year.
Estimates of the damages Volkswagen will pay have reached upwards of $40 billion worldwide. The company reportedly sold 11 million vehicles with “cheat devices” installed.
Bild has reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office is looking into whether 6,000 Volkswagen temporary workers could be moved on to the government’s “Kurzarbeit” short-time work program.
Volkswagen is not commenting on its plans for cost reductions at this time.