The truck and bus manufacturer MAN, which belongs to Volkswagen, is tightening its austerity course and plans to cut up to 9,500 jobs in the next few years.

Jobs are to be eliminated in all areas, and the managers want to relocate production and development to other locations.

The production site in Steyr, Austria, and the plants in Plauen (Saxony) and Wittlich (Rhineland-Palatinate) could be closed completely.

The MAN board of directors had decided to fundamentally realign the company, which was in serious loss, said the VW commercial vehicle subsidiary Traton.

"The current deliberations include cutting up to 9,500 jobs in Germany and Austria as well as across all corporate divisions worldwide." 

Major job cuts have been up for discussion at MAN for a long time because the group's costs were too high even before the Corona crisis.

Recently, up to 6,000 jobs were mentioned in media reports.

There had been a dispute between the former VW commercial vehicle board member and Traton boss Andreas Renschler and the employee side about the procedure.

Renschler had to vacate his posts at VW at the beginning of July, Traton and MAN got new bosses.

For the conversion, MAN estimates costs in the mid to upper three-digit million range.

The next step is to start negotiations with the employee representatives as soon as possible.