Co-determination is the democratic participation and co-decision procedure for employees in an enterprise. Cooperation between the management and Works Council is pivotally important for Audi as a fair social partner. Constructive teamwork between employees and corporate management is a cornerstone for the economic success of Audi – and therefore, for job security as well.
In the interest of the employees, the employees’ elected representatives monitor compliance with applicable laws and guidelines as well as wage agreements and company agreements. The German Works Constitution Act gives the Works Council the right to co-determination and participation in social, HR and economic affairs. In addition to job security, the Works Council at Audi seeks to maintain the Company’s profitability and ensure its readiness for the future. The flexible production system enables Audi to respond to difficult economic conditions, for example, 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.
Elected employee representatives at the German sites of the Volkswagen Group are organized in the Group Works Council (KBR). Employees elect representatives at the Audi sites and subsidiaries worldwide. All European site representatives of the Volkswagen Group are organized within the European Group Works Council (EKBR) as well as together with all other international site Works Council members within the Global Group Works Council of Volkswagen (WKBR). The Audi Committee was founded as a networking body within the Group Works Council structure in order to promote better cooperation among all international sites and subsidiaries.
All sites have both representatives for the disabled as well as for young people and trainees. The General Works Council of AUDI AG has 17 committees and commissions which address topics such as demographics, competence development and occupational safety/health protection.
#ZukunftZusammenGestalten: In addition to face-to-face talks and the routine works meetings, since 2007 the Audi Works Council has increasingly adopted direct communication formats with the series of lectures “Works Council in Dialogue”. To build on this, for a number of years elected employee representatives have organized World Cafés, and discuss topics such as “esteem within the company” away from the usual working atmosphere. The elected emplyee representatives are then able to take both the results of these discussions and the findings from the face-to-face conversations into negotiations with the management, so that the wishes of their colleagues can flow directly into the company agreements. The Works Council also publishes an interactive newsletter entitled “WC_reports” and encourages debate about future modes of working on the Audi intranet in its “Digital Diary”.