BERLIN -- Volkswagen Group expects the company's shift to electric cars to cost a five-digit number of jobs in coming years,the automaker's human resources chief, Karlheinz Blessing, told a German business paper.
Blessing said VW will need to cut the number of jobs in production as assembly of electric drivetrains requires fewer workers than making combustion engines, the newspaper said, citing an interview to be published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung's Saturday edition.
VW's works council, currently in talks with VW's brand management over a turnaround plan for the core VW brand, expects up to 25,000 staff to be cut over the next decade as older workers retire.
Blessing reaffirmed there will be no forced dismissals. Management and labor leaders are seeking to reach agreement on cost cuts and strategy in time for a Nov. 18 meeting of the supervisory board to approve future spending plans.
Blessing sits on VW group's nine-member top management board.