A number of companies within the industrial group VDL, which was hit by a computer hack, have asked employees whether they would like to take leave in order to limit the financial damage. According to the FNV trade union, the requests were made to companies such as VDL ETG and Bus & Coach – which together employ about two thousand people.
A large part of the Brabant manufacturing company has been shut down since last week as a result of the computer break-in. The damage runs into the tens of millions; VDL achieved a turnover of 4.7 billion euros last year – that is more than 88 million euros per week.
Now that it is not possible to work, employees are asked to show solidarity, says trade union director Peter Reniers of FNV. “The request to take leave is on a voluntary basis and addressed to the staff from middle management.” According to Reniers, reactions in the workplace are variable. “Some members understand the situation. Others don’t agree; they believe that the risk here is placed too much on the employee. And let’s face it: if it’s 30 degrees outside, such an unplanned day off isn’t so bad – but what are you supposed to do with it right now?”
Trade union director Robert Wonnink of CNV Vakmensen is not enthusiastic about the request to the employees. “There has been a moral appeal to the staff. We are not in favor of that in principle, and we as a collective will never negotiate for that.”
In a response, a spokesperson for VDL Groep says that no request has been made from the group to employees. “We do not manage this centrally. We leave the companies free to make agreements about this themselves.” The company will not disclose the nature of the issues.
After the hack, VDL took all its own systems offline for security reasons. Employees are not allowed to connect to the company networks. All computer systems and email accounts have also been shut down. At some sites, work is now being resumed step by step; for example, VDL NedCar started car production again on Wednesday.
For VDL NedCar, the hack comes on top of previous problems
For NedCar, the hack comes on top of previous concerns. There were already production problems due to a shortage of microchips. The minus hours scheme that was in force before, also continues as a result of the computer hack, explains CNV director Robert Wonnink. “The minus hours scheme means that the hours that the staff cannot work now, must be made up later this year.”
According to Wonnink, this time schedule is largely administrative. “At NedCar it has been agreed that a maximum of 62 minutes can be carried over to next year. On average, employees are already at 140 hours. If everything stays that way, everything above those 62 hours after January 31 will expire. Then it is a pity for the employer.”
VDL companies ask staff to take leave
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