The German automaker Volkswagen has offered 200 of its Russian employees working in a factory in Nizhny Novgorod to voluntarily terminate their employment contracts and get up to six salaries of compensation in return. According to the Russian outlet Kommersant, the company was the first in Russia to decide to try a voluntary resignation program amid sanctions imposed against the aggressor country for its war in Ukraine.
What is meant here is Volkswagen/Skoda contact assembly workers on the basis of the Russian GAZ group. VW ceased car production in Nizhny Novgorod back in March and believes that production is unlikely to be resumed again given the sanctions imposed on GAZ.
Under the proposed agreement, those workers who voluntarily quit by June 17 will get up to six salaries; those that will delay this until the 29th — only five salaries. Moreover, according to the VW representatives in Russia, in addition to money, they offer their employees health insurance until the end of this year and personal IT equipment in exchange for their voluntary resignation.
Context. After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a lot of foreign automakers left the market of the aggressor country. BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, General Motors, Volkswagen, Volvo, MAN and others announced the suspension of production or the cessation of deliveries.