Infidelity process against VW personnel manager: Pleadings expected

Released on 27.09. 2021

  • The infidelity process against three former and one incumbent Volkswagen personnel manager is entering its final phase. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte

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The judges at the Braunschweig Regional Court want to end the criminal proceedings against four VW HR managers this week, if possible. Much is at stake for the accused.

Braunschweig (dpa / lni) – The infidelity process against three former and one incumbent personnel manager at Volkswagen is entering its final phase in the new week.

Today the pleadings are made expected. The Braunschweig regional court wants to shorten the main hearing, which is initially scheduled to run until the end of October. Now the public prosecutor’s office and defense are supposed to give their final lectures earlier than expected. The chamber around the presiding judge Bohle Behrendt could then announce a judgment on Tuesday morning. KLs 85 / 19). The prosecutors accuse the executives – including the ex-corporate personnel managers Horst Neumann and Karlheinz Blessing – of having high members of the very influential employee representatives at VW between 2011 and 2016 to have released inappropriately lavish remuneration. You see infidelity in this, sometimes even in particularly difficult cases. The largest European car manufacturer is said to have suffered damage of more than 5 million euros due to reduced profits.

Salaries and bonuses

Another topic in the process was the salaries and bonuses of the former VW works council boss, Bernd Osterloh. He appeared as a witness, and a separate aid procedure was separated in his case.

According to the prosecutors, the personnel managers had deliberately chosen criteria for determining the salaries of the senior works councils “in such a way that apparently an increased one Salary was justified, although it was incorrect ». Critics also see attempts by the management over the years to buy the loyalty of the employee bank in difficult decisions about relocating production, for example.

The defense denied this, the salaries were okay. It was clear that Osterloh and other senior works councils – comparable management positions – had acquired a lot of experience and “considerable and strategic qualifications”. In good bonus years, Osterloh earned up to three quarters of a million euros. In May of this year he surprisingly went to the VW commercial vehicle holding company Traton as Chief Human Resources Officer. However, he had already received several offers to move to management positions.

The lawyers stated that the works councils concerned had each had “considerable careers” and were often “on an equal footing” »Negotiated with management. In the event of a conviction, infidelity can mean up to ten years imprisonment in a particularly serious case.

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