According to newspaper reports, two new general works councils are expected to be set up in mid-December as the Daimler Group is split up into an automobile and a truck division. Designated chairman of the employee committee for the soon to be independent Daimler Truck AG is the previous Daimler general works council chief Michael Brecht, as reported by the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” (Thursday).
Ergun Lmali, previously head of the works council at Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen, should become head of the general works council for the passenger car and van division. The information was confirmed to the dpa on request from the general works council. As part of the corporate restructuring, the previous Daimler AG is to be renamed Mercedes-Benz Group AG at the beginning of next year.
At the end of last week, the Daimler shareholders gave the go-ahead for the spin-off from Daimler Truck. The truck and bus manufacturer is to be brought to the stock exchange by Christmas. It sees itself as the global market leader for commercial vehicles and employs over 100,000 people.
Chip crisis causes unrest
“The solidarity among the locations will not suffer from the split,” Lmali told the newspapers. There will be a vote among themselves. “We will do everything we can to maintain the common Daimler culture.” The chip crisis is also triggering fears and resentment in the workforce. “The employee representatives have to keep up to date with where we stand, also in order to keep the team calm.” He would like clearer information from management about the circumstances and upcoming steps. The shortage of microchips and other electronic components is disrupting production at many automakers. (dpa / swi)
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