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At first, less work was to be done only during the autumn holidays, but now VW has completely cancelled the three-shift operation.


Volkswagen terminated a 1991 works agreement on three-shift operation at the Zwickau plant at the end of the year. The aim is to reach a new agreement "that takes into account the current market situation and ensures the profitability of the site," said a spokesman. First, the dpa news agency had reported on the termination.

The plant in Zwickau is regarded as the Group's pioneer in electromobility. Around 10,700 people work there. They manufacture electric models of the Volkswagen, Audi and Cupra brands. Only one day earlier, it had become known that VW would reduce production in Zwickau for two weeks at the beginning of October. A production line is to come to a complete standstill. The company cited weakening demand as the reason. The management wants to negotiate the procedure from 16 October with the works council.

Volkswagen had only announced on Tuesday that it would suspend production of the ID.3 and Cupra Born electric cars at the Zwickau and Dresden sites due to weaker demand in the first two weeks of October. While the ID.3 is to be built again at the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden from 16 October, the further driving style in Zwickau is still open. In 2022, the Zwickau plant produced around 218,000 vehicles with a capacity of around 360,000.