Osterloh in the infidelity process: Offers at VW were clear

Released on 20.09. 2021

  • «I just should have said yes»: Bernd Osterloh. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte

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Has Volkswagen made excessive payments and bonuses to works councils for years? A criminal trial should clarify this allegation. Ex-works council boss Osterloh reports that a top manager salary would have been in it for him.

Braunschweig (dpa) – In the infidelity process against VW managers, long-time works council boss Bernd Osterloh reported as a witness about several offers for high-value management positions.

Under other things were about the Group’s HR director with a million-dollar salary, said Osterloh on Monday in the Braunschweiger Stadthalle. The trial by the regional court is about allegedly excessive salaries and bonus payments to senior works councils at Volkswagen. (File number: 16 KLs 85 / 19)

The accused are three former and one still incumbent personnel manager of the VW group, including the two ex-group personnel managers Horst Neumann and Karlheinz Blessing. The public prosecutor’s office accuses them, for Osterloh and other influential works council members at the largest European car manufacturer, between 2011 and 2016 to have released inappropriately lavish remuneration. The accusation is infidelity, sometimes even in a particularly serious case. The group is said to have suffered damage of more than 5 million euros. Separate aid proceedings are in progress against Osterloh himself, and the allegations in the case of the four management executives are not directed against him.

«The offers were clear, I just should have said yes , then that would have been implemented, ”said Osterloh. According to him, he has been offered positions as HR manager several times before taking up the post on the board. The 22 – year-old said: involved.” In the meantime, Osterloh also had twelve supervisory board mandates in the VW world. In May he moved to Munich as Head of Human Resources at VW-Nutzfahrzeug-Holding Traton.

Against the 65 – year-olds are undergoing an additional investigation into possible aid to infidelity; but this is separate from the main strand. It is also not about a possible personal advantage for the long-time head of the employee representative body. “Not everyone knows how an industrial company works,” said Osterloh, also in the direction of the investigators, and reported some tendentious questions in surveys. “I can only say that the offers were serious.”

At the start of the process at the beginning of September, the former VW HR directors Horst Neumann and Karlheinz Blessing defended the salaries and bonuses for senior works councils. The five powerful works councils concerned had each had “considerable careers” and often negotiated “on an equal footing” with the management at VW, according to the defense. . September) to be continued with further witnesses. According to new planning, a judgment could then be made as early as September. The proceedings were originally scheduled to run until the end of October. In the case of a conviction, infidelity can lead to six months to ten years imprisonment in particularly serious cases.

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