BMW Cuts East German Working Hours to Same as West

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The BMW logo is seen during the 83rd Geneva Motor Show successful  Geneva, Switzerland, connected  March 5, 2013. (Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

The BMW logo is seen during the 83rd Geneva Motor Show successful Geneva, Switzerland, connected March 5, 2013. (Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

BERLIN—BMW volition chopped working hours astatine its eastbound German works from 38 to 35, successful enactment with its westbound German factories, it said connected Friday, successful a determination welcomed by the works assembly arsenic bringing long-awaited equality 30 years aft the autumn of the Berlin Wall.

Salaries and moving hours stay uneven betwixt occidental and eastbound Germany, with authorities information showing eastbound German workers proceed to enactment somewhat longer hours for little wealth than their occidental counterparts.

BMW committed connected Friday to reducing the moving week astatine its works successful Leipzig, portion of erstwhile Communist East Germany, successful 3 stages to 35 hours by 2026, and bringing connected 300 further employees to marque up the shortfall.

“More than 30 years aft the autumn of the wall, our BMW Group workers yet bash not person to enactment 3 much hours than their colleagues successful the west,” works assembly caput Manfred Schoch said.

Rival Volkswagen made a akin determination successful May, implementing a 35-hour moving week astatine its eastbound German plants to lucifer westbound German moving hours.

However, it did not prosecute further workers, alternatively expecting eastbound German plants to boost productivity.

Reuters

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