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Tuesday, 17th July 2018

 
 

Crisis Briefing: Volkswagen Briefing

A round-up of the key press news and comment relating to Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

 

LEGAL

 

Detailed prosecution charges for Volkswagen executives

Detailed criminal charges will soon be sent to the lawyers of Volkswagen Group executives who are under investigation as part of the ongoing "dieselgate" affair. Some 49 individuals are named by the Brunswick State Prosecution Office as suspects in the investigation. Vera Jourova, the European Union commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said that Volkswagen has completed 80% of diesel software updates it promised to implement after the emissions cheating scandal broke, but noted that recall programs across the continent were inconsistent, with only 36% of affected vehicles receiving software updates in Romania.

China.org.cn Business Times

 

Volkswagen asked to explain recall decision

India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) has warned Volkswagen of legal action, asking the firm to explain inconsistencies in recalling polluting vehicles in the country. The organisation’s chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel stated: “The manufacturers are also directed to file latest status report about the proceedings taken against them in other countries and explain reasons for not recalling the entire vehicles and why penal action be not taken. Based on further affidavits, the tribunal may have to determine the nature of directions which may need to be issued”.

The Hindu Autocar India

 

Time running out for Volkswagen diesel car owners to request compensation

Owners of Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars featuring software that causes them to pollute have under two months left in which to request compensation. Company spokesman Mike Tolbert noted: “… we have posted a special notice on the program website alerting remaining eligible consumers to the September 1 deadline for filing a completed claim”.

USA Today

 

Diesel software update free for Volkswagen owners until 2020

EU commissioner for consumer rights Vera Jourova has announced that owners of Volkswagen diesel cars will receive a software update of their vehicles’ engines for free until 2020.

EU Observer

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

Volkswagen management accused of discrimination against Slovakian workers

Employees at a Volkswagen Slovakia plant are filing a legal action against company management, claiming that they are not paid enough in compensation benefits for transport and accommodation. Jolana Julkeová, vice-chair of the Modern Trade Union Volkswagen, remarked: “The entitlement resulting from the collective agreement currently in force applies to all Volkswagen employees equally, regardless of the workplace of the VW employees… This behaviour by the employer not only grossly violates the collective agreement obligations but creates discriminative and unambiguously unacceptable differences between Volkswagen employees.”

The Slovak Spectator


 
 
 
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