• Jun 13, 2006

Volkswagen is looking to lengthen their employee's work week, without any additional financial compensation, a cost-cutting move to designed to help stabilize the company's bottom line.

But before labor sympathizers get out their sandwich boards and picket signs, it must be noted that the automaker is asking for a return to a 35-hour work week- the current schedule is 28.8 hours over four days, a setup that has been in effect since 1994. The present arrangement actually came about during another bout with belt-tightening, when the measure was passed to keep 30,000 from being pink-slipped.

Predictably, German union IG Metall has rejected the plan, leaving the automaker's plans in limbo.

[Source: ChannelNewsAsia]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      There's a happy medium between being a lazy union worker who loves life and a slave to corporate culture who works 80 hours a week and never gets to see his son take his first steps.

      28.8 hrs in four days is little over 7 hours per day for four days a week. All the while making more money per hour than police and fire men and women.

      Unions are bad, Germany's unions are dragging the entire EU economy down.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "9. In other news, France and Germany suffer from significantly higher unemployment rates than the US. No coincidence at all, nosiree."

      -I'm not saying France and Germany are the countries to beat, but as a United States citizen we can do better, much better. It seems like us United States citizens would much rather fight amongst each other and divide rather than unite to solve our problems as we have done so many times in the past. What are we going to do to ensure better qualities of life and teamwork?

      Sure, you can *compare* us to any country but where is our own set of goals?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was thinking for a second "How DARE they!" - I was thinking they'd be made to work a 6 day workweek without any additional pay. Boy this article gave me a laugh...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good for you Dr. Woo.Amd now the retort.Unionism still holds employers acountable today,as fas as safety,work breaks,education,benefits,and so on.If Mexico,Japan,China,espesially, were on the same labour burden scale as Canada and the US and most of the EU, then we wouldn't be buying their Products.Your only looking at it from the automotive industry.I'm talking across the board.Construction especialy is massive in Canada and the US,minning,shipping,and so on.So like I said before in my comment,without unions in our respective countries, our wage would have to freeze for the next 5 to ten years....Anyone wanna work for Mexican wages???..........Didn't think so....
      • 8 Years Ago
      "1. LOL, 28.8 hour work week. Even 35 hours is a joke. How these countries thinkt that they're achieving economic proogress..."

      LOL- 40-60 hr work weeks, how do these countries think that they're achieving any quality of living.
      • 8 Years Ago
      mike from scarborough, is correct. I don"t know why you guys dont like the idea of negotiating wages with your bosses. Unions are there to help protect workers and in the 1800s the Industrial era in America we had children and rail road workers dying working for their companies adn they dont get compensation for their work.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Obvioulsy some of you can't read.The Union's aim was to keep every worker employed,rather than keeping a 35 Hour work week,they reduced their hours to avoud a massive job cut.We have a better " Standard of living" due to our cheap resources,housing,fuel,food,insurance,rent and so on and so on.My relatives in Europe work less,get paid less,have less.But!!!!!!My Friends,,,have 2 moths of holidays minimum,go out to bars and cafe's every night,have awesome food.They work to live and we live to work.And by the way without Unions, the balance of Employer's would rape us of benefits,pay,safety,work environment,short notice terminations,severance and so on.I'm not pro union or non union, but pro human dignity.So before some of you rejects comment on the perils if Unionism,read up on labour history before WW2 & WW1.Unions brought us Suburbia, Good salaries,the middle class and tonnes of growth.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not necessarily refuting your comment Dr. Woo, but how did that study quantify "quality of life?"

      The Germans and Italians I've talked to while traveling didn't have as much stuff as most of my peers, but they seem to have at least as healthy an outlook on life's priorities, if not more so (although, of course, this is a biased sample, since they spend their spare change on travels and are likely to be a little more progressive than those who spend it on big-screen TVs).
      • 8 Years Ago
      In other news, France and Germany suffer from significantly higher unemployment rates than the US. No coincidence at all, nosiree.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL, 28.8 hour work week. Even 35 hours is a joke. How these countries thinkt that they're achieving economic proogress...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Unions brought us Suburbia, Good salaries,the middle class and tonnes of growth."

      Social Security was a dynamite idea and worked flawlessly I daresay back when it was introduced. As many as 15-16 workers for every retiree. Now it's 2.3:1 and doesn't work so well.

      MADD was started as an effort for individuals to help raise drunk driving awareness and reduce accidents and deaths. Now it's practically a government entity whose very founder says has become far different (and certainly not better) from her original vision.

      Point is...you can't bring up "past accomplishments" as a means to justify or even excuse current activity and behavior.

      And I didn't have to call anyone a "reject."
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The United States ranks lower on quality of life than on income but it is above the eu-15 average. Italy performs well, but Germany and France do not — belying the notion that the big euro-zone nations compensate for their productivity lag with a better quality of life than in America."


      Well, that's because we Italians know how to live.
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