Volkswagen Group plans short-time working for about 80,000 employees in Germany after the coronavirus pandemic forced the automaker to idle its European factory network.
Under German short-time working rules the state pays part of the reduced salaries for workers.
A VW spokesman said the reduced hours would be introduced at factories in Lower Saxony, Hessen and Saxony until April 3.
VW Group’s Audi und Porsche brands, and its trucks division MAN, have also applied to introduce short-time working to save costs.
Businesses large and small face a disruption that “goes far beyond” the level of the financial crisis of 2008-2009, VW supervisory board member Bernd Althusmann said in a speech on Tuesday in Hanover, Germany.
Althusmann is the economy minister in Lower Saxony, where VW has its global headquarters.
VW also will support its German dealership network with additional liquidity. The automaker said it had also offered to push out repayment dates, extend credit allowances and…