Internal restructuring
Bratislavsky kraj; Bratislavsky kraj;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

3,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 February 2019
Employment effect (start)
15 March 2019
Foreseen end date
30 June 2019


Volkswagen Slovakia has announced plans to reduce the number of its staff by 3,000 by June 2019. The reason behind the cuts is the insecure future of the plant in Bratislava, which has not been assigned the production of new models after 2022. The company will not extend the contracts of 600 temporary agency workers and 800 employees with fixed-term contracts. About 600 jobs will be lost via natural fluctuation, 400 workers from Audi Hungaria will return to Hungary, 500 workers are expected to be assigned as temporary help in the neighbouring Volkswagen plants and 100 will move to other plants abroad.  Nitra-based Jaguar Land Rover has already shown interest in redundant VW Slovakia workers.  From mid-March, the production of the VW and Audi SUV models will be carried on in three shifts instead of four and there will be no weekend shifts. From mid-June, the small family vehicles VW Up, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii will be manufactured during one shift, instead of the two. The number of redundancies is not yet final, and can change according to the fluctuation, demand of foreign plants belonging to Volkswagen and the social status of individual employees.

Previous restructurings took place in 2018 (500 jobs created) and 2017 (1,000 jobs created).



Eurofound (2019), Volkswagen Slovakia, Internal restructuring in Slovakia, factsheet number 97160, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/97160.