Volkswagen and labor representatives in Germany have reached an agreement to reduce night shifts at its Wolfsburg site as the carmaker tries to determine and fix glitches that have affected Golf production. VW is currently having some problems in realizing expected efficiencies from its new modular architecture.
Sources privy with the carmaker told Reuters that issues at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg site will cause annual production to be "clearly below" the 850,000-car target, but still above 807,000 units built in 2013. Bilanz magazine has reported that the carmaker’s works council had decided to cancel Sunday shifts in the third quarter in 2014.
The Sunday shifts were supposed to help the site make up for production shortages. According to the report, technical glitches have prevent the production line from operating smoothly, prompting works council to decide that there is a little point in having the extra shifts.
VW's works council, however, remarked that German carmaker would still have extra shifts on Saturday and Sunday due to strong demand for the car, although a few night shifts on Sundays had been cancelled.
Volkswagen said only six of the 19 extra shifts planned for the third quarter at Wolfsburg was cancelled, as agreed with labor representatives. VW also said that the site has already nine extra shifts this quarter.
The carmaker has already resumed production at the site following the summer break, which it used to complete 270 construction and maintenance projects at the plant.