Earlier, Daimler said in a statement that it planned to cut more than 10,000 jobs globally, including 10 percent of its management, by the end of 2022 to cut spending by 1.4 billion euros ($10.85 billion). The reason is a decline in new car sales, and the desire to reduce costs and increase investment in electric vehicles. However, the Daimler Union has come out in protest, publicly claiming that Daimler did not “breath” with the union before announcing the plan.
“The union has not agreed to Daimler’s plan to cut more than 10,000 jobs,” said Michael Brecht, chairman of Daimler’s union. ”
In Michael Brecht’s view, even if investing in electric cars requires a lot of money, it cannot be left to the cost-savings of staffing cuts.
It is worth noting that a previous employee job security agreement between Daimler and the union showed that by 2030, any job cuts by the group would be carried out only by early retirement, shortening jobs, etc., and not forced.
For now, Daimler’s job cuts are likely to stall, and the speed of its electric transformation will be affected.