Hanover / Berlin (dpa) - Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil is irritated by the extent of the plans at the automotive supplier Continental to close additional locations.

With a view to the closure of the Dax Group's tire production in Aachen by the end of 2021, the SPD politician told the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday): “There is no question that the automotive industry has been hit hard by the Corona crisis and additionally is in a process of transformation.

Nevertheless, I have no sympathy for a radical job reduction program in this area. "

This also applies to the Conti site in Aachen, "which was in the black".

Other politicians and trade unionists had already expressed their criticism of the project.

At the headquarters in Hanover-Stöcken, where research is currently mainly carried out, the company now also wants to cut jobs.

According to a company spokesman, there are another 150 jobs here, as the "Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung" reported - the division that produces machines for tire production is said to be affected.

Under the pressure of structural change in the auto industry and the Corona sales crisis, Conti wants to “change” 30,000 jobs worldwide, 13,000 of them in Germany.

In addition to retraining employees, this also includes many cancellations or relocations of jobs.

It was recently announced that the second largest automotive supplier after Bosch wanted to end tire production in Aachen.

Apart from Korbach (Hessen), it is the only remaining large tire factory in Germany, around 1,800 jobs are threatened.

As in the case of Hanover, the group cites excess capacities and a below-average development of the tire markets for years.

Labor Minister Heil emphasized that the state was already assuming a lot of responsibility in the Corona crisis - for example with short-time working benefits and the economic stimulus package.

“This is the hour when the social partnership has to prove itself.

I now expect that at Continental you won't make decisions in the slipstream of the crisis that you may have already considered. "

Rather, the company must find solutions in discussions with the unions in order to keep as many jobs as possible in Germany.

Parts of the Conti workforce have long suspected that the management could use the structural and now also the Corona crisis as a pretext to close unpopular locations and relocate jobs there to cheaper foreign locations.

With its supplier parts, Conti not only depends directly on the production of the car manufacturers, but with its tire business also on the initial equipment of new vehicles.

Before Heil, NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU), his Lower Saxony colleague Stephan Weil (SPD) and the head of the IG BCE union, Michael Vassiliadis, sharply criticized the dismantling plans.

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