Both VW and its workers at Forest near Brussels agree the plant has a future, and that a two-week strike should end soon. VW now says the double, or 3000 workers could be retained for a 2009 rollout of the new Audi A1.
The details of the rescue plan emerged after talks between management and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt:
“What’s the most important for us, both local and federal authorities, is the rational approach being taken. What’s important is the production, investment, jobs, and of course innovation and research in a very important sector for our country”, he said.
Verhofstadt’s keen to avoid more job losses in a sector hard hit in the last decade by layoffs and closures at Ford and Renault.
It is hoped over 100 000 A1’s a year could be turned out in the former Belgian centre of Golf production, now being phased out
The plan still means 2200 workers will lose their jobs, and it is unclear what happens between now and 2009.