"Rules for short-time work must be changed now"

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The reluctance of the automotive industry to invest is a burden for the mechanical engineering sector, too. In order to avoid staff cuts, the conditions for extending short-time work must now be set.

On the occasion of the upcoming "Car-Summit" with the federal government, VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann comments:

"The fundamental change in mobility is currently leading to a noticeable reluctance of the automotive industry to invest. Uncertainty about the future of the powertrain reinforces this trend. For this reason, short-time working is increasingly used as an instrument of flexible personnel adjustment in the automotive industry, but also in mechanical engineering. The top priority for companies is to avoid staff cuts.

 

"In order not to lose time unnecessarily, the Federal Government should, as a precautionary measure, create the legal preconditions for extending short-time work to 24 months and for a possible assumption of social security contributions".

In order not to lose time unnecessarily, the Federal Government should, as a precautionary measure, create the legal preconditions for extending short-time working to 24 months and for the possible assumption of social security contributions. These alleviations had already proved their worth during the financial crisis. They give companies and employees more security and allow a better combination of short-time work and training".