AGENCIES, Stuttgart: It’s no secret that auto manufacturers are facing problems all over the globe. Situation for some have been going from bad to worst as some have been forced to shutter down their facilities temporarily in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
German sports carmaker Porsche closed its Zuffenhausen and Leipzig production facility in March and will kept them shut till April 14. The profit making cash-rich entity is extending a kind gesture to many of its out-of-work employees.
Porsche has committed to give workers a £8,000 bonus “for the special commitment of the Porsche workforce in the 2019 financial year,” with £614 of it available as a special contribution to individual employee pension plans.
“The success of our company is only possible through the work of our colleagues,” chairman Werner Weresch said. “All of them have worked for Porsche with great commitment in the past year. It is part of our Porsche culture that the workforce is also rewarded for this.”
But with that generous bonus comes an interesting aspect. As Porsche increases its overall donation contribution by £4.4 million to essential services like food banks and medical supply companies during the lockdown period, the company has requested its workers to pitch in some additional good will, too. That voluntary employee bonus comes with “an appeal for donations… to support the ‘Porsche aid’ program.”
“Industry, politics and society: we will overcome the Corona crisis together. Porsche is taking on social responsibility. This is our fundamental philosophy and our understanding of sustainable action.” Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche says.