* Job guarantee applies to German, Austrian ops -source
* Workers to be briefed at Munich staff gathering
* Decision follows restructuring, job cuts at MAN
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MUNICH/BERLIN, Oct 13 Truckmaker MAN will offer
job guarantees to some of its staff until at least 2025, a
person familiar with the matter said, as parent company
Volkswagen pushes ahead with steps to realign its
heavy goods vehicle brands.
Job guarantees will apply to staff at MAN Truck & Bus in
Germany and Austria and automatically extend through 2030 if not
terminated prior to that date, the person told Reuters on
Thursday. MAN has 36,000 workers globally.
Volkswagen (VW) had been seeking to build a global trucks
business by integrating the heavy goods vehicle operations of
Scania and MAN divisions even before the company's
diesel emissions scandal came to light a year ago.
VW last month announced details on how Scania and MAN will
in future share development of engines, transmissions, axles and
emissions-treatment systems to try to align the two
manufacturers more closely to boost profits.
With Thursday's decision, MAN is reassuring workers after
restructuring last year culminated in 1,800 job losses in Europe
designed to revive languishing profitability and tackle high
Workers at MAN Truck & Bus were scheduled to be briefed
about the plans at a staff gathering in Munich later on
Thursday, the source said.
VW and MAN Truck & Bus were not immediately available for
Volkswagen's works council chief said on Wednesday the
company could cut up to 25,000 staff over the next decade as
older workers retire to help the carmaker achieve cost-cuts
needed to revive the VW brand.
(Reporting by Irene Preisinger and Andreas Cremer; Editing by
Sabine Wollrab and Arno Schuetze)