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The Volkswagen Group Board of Management, the European Group Works Council and the Global Group Works Council of Volkswagen AG have today signed a “Temporary Work Charter for the Volkswagen Group”.

The charter lays down the principles for the use of temporary work throughout the Volkswagen Group. The points covered include ensuring appropriate employment and remuneration conditions for temporary employees.

The agreement was signed at the meeting of the Global Group Works Council at commercial vehicles brand MAN in Munich by VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, board member of Volkswagen AG responsible for Human Resources Horst Neumann, chairman of the Global Group Works Council Bernd Osterloh, and Berthold Huber, president of the international trade union federation “IndustriAll Global Union” and IG Metall.

VW and employee representatives agreed that a share of five percent temporary employees is a guideline. Also, the principle of equal pay will be implemented in a staged plan, with remuneration of temporary employees to rise in line with that of permanent staff, according to experience and qualifications.

The two sides established that temporary work will be linked to a training offering for temporary employees and also that temporary work will be a third route to membership of the permanent staff of Volkswagen.

Finally, Volkswagen and union representatives agreed that the company uses temporary work to compensate for fluctuations in economic conditions and to master special challenges calling for a temporary increase in personnel.