New VW chief addresses workforce

New VW chief addresses workforce

The new leader of scandal-hit Volkswagen (VW) is to address the workforce at the company's head office for the first time.

Matthias MŸller is due to speak to employees in a closed meeting at the German car manufacturing giant's Wolfsburg headquarters today.

Mr MŸller previously headed up VW's Porsche arm. The chief executive will tell thousands of employees in the north German town what to expect after the company admitted rigging diesel car emissions tests.

Mr MŸller was appointed on September 25 after the resignation of his predecessor Martin Winterkorn in the wake of the scandal.

Bernd Osterloh, the chief staff representative, is also likely to speak to the workers at t he meeting, which had been arranged before the scandal emerged, but has assumed extra importance since.

The company's admission came after environmental regulators in the US discovered it had fitted software to fool vehicle emissions testers. VW now faces the prospect of heavy fines as well as lost sales.

Meanwhile, the Scottish parliament has called for national governments from across Britain to set up a coordinated taskforce to respond to the scandal.

Richard Lochhead, the Environment Secretary, has contacted Patrick McLoughlin, the UK's Transport Minister, about the idea.

In his letter, Mr Lochhead expressed his intense concern about VW's deeds. The planned taskforce would examine the environmental effects of emissions tests rule breaking, he says.

Mr Lochhead also wants to look at any possible measures to combat issues surrounding air quality and what legal recourse the government and consumers have.

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