The auto supplier Continental the end Hanover has announced the end of many jobs. Trade unionists and state politicians like Armin Laschet in particular reacted quite violently. Now it expresses itself Continental-Chef Nikolai Setzer from Hanover personally to the plant closings.
Continental in Hanover: Boss learns from plant closings
The Continental boss Nikolai Setzer had to take a lot of criticism for the job cuts and plant closings. Last year, the group announced that some factories could no longer be fully utilized in the medium term. the tire plant in Aachen should initially be closed by the end of 2021.
For many employees, this announcement came as a surprise and sparked large protests. NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) called Continental’s approach at the beginning of “cold capitalism”. Setzer now wants to draw a lesson from it.
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The management of Continental in particular will be able to deal better with the implementation of these tough steps in the future. Nevertheless, Setzer justifies his decisions. “We were as transparent as it was possible in such a complicated situation,” he told the German press agency. However, the group took the criticism to heart.
Continental in Hanover: Because of harsh criticism – the company controls
For example, the tire plant in Aachen received a grace period for another year. In addition, redundancies for operational reasons should be avoided “wherever possible”. In addition, as many employees as possible should be trained for new jobs.
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According to the Continental boss, the workforce’s trust in the company is still very high. “We have a high level of approval from both managers and employees. Of course there are always points of criticism and aspects that can be improved. And we’re also looking at them clearly, ”emphasizes Setzer.
However, the group goes with the market and is constantly exposed to major changes, especially due to the digitalization change. “That can mean sometimes making painful decisions,” says the Continental boss.
Germany will continue to play an important role as the home base for continental – even after the closure of some plants. (dpa / mkx)