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Germany’s Daimler to cut at least 10,000 jobs over 3 years

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AM
In this April 8, 2009 file photo, a cyclist passes a logo of German car company Daimler in Berlin.

German automaker Daimler said on Friday that it plans to cut at least 10,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2022. It plans not to fill some vacant posts and to offer severance packages in Germany to reduce administrative jobs.

The company had said on November 14 that it plans to slash costs by € 1.4 billion ($1.54 billion) by cutting every tenth managerial position and through other measures but didn’t give details.

A statement released on Friday said that Daimler had agreed with its employee council on principles to slim down the company structure, and the two sides would work on implementation details over the coming weeks.

It said in the statement that the company, which employs about 300,000 people, aims to cut “thousands” of jobs worldwide over three years. Personnel chief Wilfried Porth specified that a low five-digit number of posts would go, news agency dpa reported.

“We will make the measures as socially responsible as possible,” Porth said.

Daimler said that in addition to the job-cutting drive, there would be offers to employees to reduce weekly working time while the company will extend only “very restrictively” expiring contracts for temporary administrative workers.

CEO Ola Kallenius told reporters in mid-November that the European Union’s stricter specifications on carbon dioxide emissions and the transition to more electric vehicles are squeezing the Stuttgart-based company’s bottom line.

He said that Daimler was also being hurt in the trade war between China and the United States, with new duties being placed on US-built cars that are exported to China.