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Co-determination at Audi

Co-determination is the democratic participation and co-decision making of employees in an enterprise. Für Audi als fairen Sozialpartner spielt die Zusammenarbeit von Unternehmensleitung und Betriebsrat eine zentrale Rolle. Constructive teamwork between employees and corporate management is a key foundation stone for the economic success of Audi and, with it, job security. Our workforce is actively involved in the development of our company.

Spheres of action for the Works Council

 

In the interest of the employees, the employees’ elected representatives monitor compliance with valid laws and guidelines as well as collective bargaining agreements and company agreements. The German Works Constitution Act gives the Works Council the right to co-determination or participation in social, HR and economic affairs. Neben der Beschäftigungssicherung hat sich der Betriebsrat bei Audi den Erhalt der Wirtschaftlichkeit und der Zukunftsfähigkeit des Unternehmens zum Ziel gesetzt. Our flexible production system, for example, enables Audi to respond to difficult economic conditions and thereby secure jobs. To this end, the Works Council and company management work together closely each month to coordinate optimum production procedures.

The Works Council furthermore actively supports training and advancement of members of the workforce. In addition to the Committee for Vocational Training and Concept Development, there is an Ideas Commission at the level of the General Works Council which operates in tandem with the Audi Ideas Programme.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Audi Ideas Programme in 2014, the company revealed its impressive track record: In two decades, a total of 838,070 suggestions for improvement were submitted. Dank der 420.585 verwirklichten Vorschläge konnte die AUDI AG seit Bestehen des Programms Kosten in Höhe von rund 780 Millionen Euro einsparen. Ideas that are implemented are rewarded with bonus payments of up to 70,000 euros – depending on the savings potential.

In 2014, the Audi Ideas Programme Award was presented for the second time. Employees were able to submit ideas in three categories: Sustainability and environmental protection, occupational health and safety as well as ideas from apprentices.

Structure of the employees’ elected representatives

 

The Audi sites worldwide and the subsidiaries have representatives elected by the employees. All European site representatives of the Volkswagen Group are organised in the European Group Works Council (EKBR) and together with all other international site Works Council members in the Global Group Works Council of Volkswagen (WKBR). To promote better international cooperation among all European sites and subsidiaries, the Audi Europe Committee was founded as a networking body within the European Group Works Council structure.

56 employees represent the interests of their colleagues at the Ingolstadt site, 41 in Neckarsulm. Of this number, 49 in Ingolstadt and 33 in Neckarsulm are from IG Metall. All sites have both representatives for the disabled as well as for young people and apprentices. The General Works Council of AUDI AG has 17 committees and commissions which address topics such as demographics, competence development and industrial safety/occupational health.

Successes and milestones in 2012

 
  • Expansion of the guarantee of employment initially in effect until 2014 to the end of 2018;
  • Stipulating production capacities at the two German plants;
  • Übernahme von Auszubildenden, Studenten der dualen Hochschulen sowie Teilnehmern des StEP-Programms (Studium und Erfahrung in der Praxis) nach ihrem erfolgreichen Abschluss in ein unbefristetes Arbeitsverhältnis;
  • Payment of an employee profit share as well as the agreed Audi profit share (AEB) for pay-scale employees of AUDI AG, dependent on the operating profit of the Audi Group;
  • Taking on workers on temporary contracts as permanent members of the workforce at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites.

Zudem haben die Arbeitnehmervertreter die Neuregelung der Altersteilzeit mit dem Unternehmen verhandelt und eine Reihe von Initiativen unterstützt, zum Beispiel die Einführung eines Jobtickets für den öffentlichen Personennahverkehr, den ersten Audi Freiwilligentag, eine flexible Kinderbetreuung zur besseren Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Beruf sowie verschiedene Spendenaktionen.