Osterloh is supposed to testify as a witness in the VW infidelity trial

Released on 20.09. 2021

  • Former Works Council Chairman Bernd Osterloh during a press conference at the headquarters of Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg. Photo: Ronny Hartmann

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A criminal case in Braunschweig is investigating the question of whether Volkswagen has been paying high-ranking works council members for years of excessive remuneration and bonuses. Now there is a prominent witness.

Braunschweig (dpa) – Another court hearing with a prominent VW face in the Braunschweig town hall: Ex-works council boss Bernd Osterloh is expected as a witness in the infidelity trial against VW managers.

The Regional Court of Braunschweig is dealing there with allegedly excessive salaries and bonus payments to senior works councils at Volkswagen. for Osterloh and other influential works council members at the largest European car manufacturer between 2011 and 2016 having released inappropriately lavish remuneration. This would have reduced parts of the profit and tax payments – the charge is embezzlement.

A separate state aid procedure is underway against Osterloh himself, and the allegations in the case of the four executives from management are directed not against him. The outcome of the process in the Braunschweig town hall will likely determine whether the judges will also take a closer look at the role of the powerful employee representative. In May, Osterloh moved to Munich as Head of Human Resources at VW-Nutzfahrzeug-Holding Traton Salaries have been approved by the management staff. In years of high profits and bonuses, Osterloh received total remuneration of up to 750. 000 Euro.

Among the defendants are the two ex-corporate personnel managers Horst Neumann and Karlheinz Blessing. When the trial started a good two weeks ago, her defense lawyers had rejected the allegations.

The infidelity process is currently the third VW-related case for which the Braunschweig Regional Court has moved to the town hall . At the end of last week, the eagerly awaited fraud process regarding the diesel affair began there, albeit without ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn. Negotiated diesel affair. In the process under the Capital Investor Model Procedure Act (KapMuG), the focus is on the question of whether VW informed the markets in good time about the scandal involving millions of manipulated diesel engines. There is no end in sight.

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