In the emissions scandal, volkswagen is defending itself against accusations that the company’s former boss martin winterkorn is to blame. So far, there is no evidence of complicity on the part of the board of management, argue lawyers for the group in a response to investor lawsuits reported to the german press agency . Supervisory board member wolfgang porsche spoke out in favor of a new culture of discussion in the group’s management bodies and wants to openly address difficult ies at VW after "dieselgate". Bernd osterloh, head of the works council, expressed a similar view. "If, for example, we discover that we have an overstaffing situation in individual areas at volkswagen, we have to be able to think about constructive solutions at an early stage," porsche told the german press agency. "This avoids having to lay people off overnight in the event of a crisis."Porsche spoke out in favor of a new culture of communication, even in the upper echelons: "we need to talk more to each other instead of about each other. And that is something we still need to improve in the group."
As chief controller of porsche SE, the 72-year-old is the most influential member of porsche’s supervisory board. The families hold the majority of volkswagen voting rights via the porsche holding company. Volkswagen itself will try to avoid job cuts in the core workforce after the slump in profits in the wake of the scandal. However, job cuts are still possible. So far, it is mainly the temporary workers who fear for their jobs.
The volkswagen emissions scandal became public in mid-september 2015 following a report by U.S. Environmental authorities. Volkswagen then admitted to having installed software in around eleven million diesel vehicles worldwide that had been used to manipulate emission values. This had plunged the group into a serious crisis. Billions in costs loom – also due to lawsuits. VW made its first mandatory announcement to the stock market, a so-called ad hoc announcement, on 22 december. September 2015. One day later the long-time head of volkswagen martin winterkorn resigned. He accepts responsibility for the irregularities, but is not aware of any wrongdoing, winterkorn said at the time.