A3 cabriolet sought for Ingolstadt

Works council chief wants all new models produced in Germany

Ingolstadt. Peter Mosch, Audi's works council chief, is calling on the company's management to build the new Q5 SUV and A3 entry-premium cabriolet at Audi's Ingolstadt, Germany, plant.

All new Audi models should be produced in Germany, Mosch said.

Recently, Audi announced it was building the A5 coupe in Ingolstadt as well as the new R8 sports car in Neckarsulm, Germany.

That still doesn't satisfy Mosch, who replaced longtime works council chief Xaver Meier earlier this year.

"Audi has achieved so much progress in productivity that more cars have to be built in the German factories to prevent staff reductions over the long term," he said.

Audi has an agreement with its union, called "Audi Future," which protects jobs until 2011.

Mosch is currently implementing a new compensation system with Audi's personnel chief, Werner Widuckel, which is scheduled to go into effect next January.

All jobs, including about 31,000 in Ingolstadt and 14,000 in Neckarsulm, are being re-examined based on various criteria and re-evaluated according to a point system.

In the future, there will be no worker wages or employee salaries, but just one compensation system for everyone.

Through the re-evaluation, some jobs will be reclassified. That means that, as of next year, some employees will earn more than before. But jobs which are reclassified lower, however, will draw their old pay, Mosch said.

You may e-mail Pia Krix at pkrix@craincom.de

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