In a statement made by the BMW Group, it was stated that the weekly working hours at BMW’s factory in Leipzig in East Germany will be reduced to 35 hours in three stages by 2026.
In the statement, it was also stated that 300 additional jobs will be created to compensate for the shortened working hours in the factory, where approximately 5,300 people work.
Manfred Schoch, Chairman of the BMW Group Business Council, commented in the statement: “More than 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, our BMW Group employees will finally not have to work three more hours than their colleagues in the west.” used the phrase.
Approximately 1,100 cars are produced every day at the said factory, primarily BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series and fully electric BMW i3 models.
According to official data, workers in East Germany work longer for lower wages than their western counterparts.
The other German automaker Volkswagen also reduced the weekly working hours at its East German factories to 35 hours in May, as in the West German factories.