His goal should make all kitzingen residents happy – fehrer’s employees especially so. "We don’t want an industrial museum in kitzingen", said bavarian minister of economics martin zeil yesterday at the press conference in the district administration office. What he wants are sustainable jobs at the automotive supplier in kitzingen. But first of all, employers and employees have a duty to do this.
Martin zeil took time yesterday to address kitzingen’s biggest job problem in many years. Half an hour with the management, a little more than half an hour with the works councils, a quarter of an hour for the district administrator and the mayor, and half an hour for the press. The very first thing he did, however, was to talk to johanna weib and daniela nikolic at the fehrer factory gate. The two young women have been organizing demonstrations and other creative projects for weeks to draw attention to the concerns of the employees and their families. "This deserves great respect, praised the minister, who was impressed by the entire effort in the region for the traditional company. "This shows the strong emotional bond with this employer", said zeil. "And that is a high value."
This was not the only reason why the minister was optimistic that fehrer in kitzingen could still make a positive turnaround. "I am confident that something can be achieved in partial steps," he said, he assured. It is in the greatest interest of the state government to support the region with sustainable concepts.
And that’s exactly what the upcoming talks between employers and employees will be about: the development of innovative ideas and projects that can then be supported by the state government. Zeil: "in any case, we are ready to act as soon as such projects are named by the company." zeil assured to remain in close contact with both sides. "I can always be reached by phone."
In his talks yesterday and from the preliminary discussions of his staff, zeil obviously gained a picture of fehrer in kitzingen that is at least cautiously optimistic. "This company has an excellent reputation in the industry", he assured. Both the employer and the employee side have also signaled a high level of willingness to talk. In the discussions with the works council in particular, he felt not only a great passion, but also a high level of competence. "A compatible solution should therefore be possible with goodwill on both sides", he summed up.
For mayor siegfried muller, keeping the fehrer site would be a big step forward for kitzingen. He recalled the good quality that the employees had been delivering for decades. "This great potential must not be allowed to lie fallow", he demanded and emphasized that kitzingen is urgently in need of support from munich. "We are already badly shaken by the conversion process."
District administrator tamara bischof considers it a good sign that attempts are obviously being made at all levels to help the fehrer company. The visit of the large staff from the ministry of economics certainly allows this conclusion to be drawn. Zeil traveled to kitzingen with experts for the automotive sector, technology promotion and site development, among others, in order to get an idea of the company’s situation.
The company now has to do its homework, the minister emphasized, and hinted that today’s difficulties could also have something to do with management mistakes in the past. "Maybe they didn’t always have such a lucky hand in the past."
however, the focus must now be on the future, especially since a loss of the production site would be very painful for the region, as district administrator bischof emphasized. These jobs in particular are difficult to replace. For the minister, she had words of thanks and a few bocksbeutel as a farewell gift. The city will provide bocksbeutel (a bag of bocks). "As soon as they have saved the 400 jobs", said OB muller with a mischievous smile.
However, the press release on the meeting with the minister from fehrer’s house is less encouraging. "Fehrer already has overcapacities in germany", managing director tom graf is quoted. "However, the capacity utilization of our german plants will decline even further because automotive production is increasingly taking place abroad." capacities must therefore be adjusted to demand. Graf: "if we don’t do this, fehrer in germany will die in installments."