We Will Complete the Transformation Together
Daniela Cavallo, who heads the VW Group’s General and Group Works Council, visited Mladá Boleslav for the first time
t the end of May, the KOVO Trade Union, led by Chairman Jaroslav Povšík, welcomed special visitors to the Mladá Boleslav plant: Daniela Cavallo and other colleagues from the VW Group (see the Group Visit). On this occasion, the new most senior representative of the Group’s unions shared how ŠKODA AUTO perceives its employees and what the carmaker’s dialogue with its social partner entails.
We know that the Czech Republic has been hit really hard by the coronavirus pandemic, so I wish all the employees and their families a speedy recovery from its effects.
In addition to the successful model offensive, Cavallo sees the success of the Czech brand in the employees’ effort as well. “They’re doing a great job. Thanks to them, ŠKODA AUTO is an established company in our industry and rightly enjoys respect and recognition within the VW Group and beyond”, added Cavallo. She also said that it was thanks to this effort that ŠKODA AUTO took over the Group’s responsibility for managing the regions of India, North Africa and Russia, which are very important areas for the VW Group. “This also confirms the trust that the VW Group places in the Czech carmaker and its employees”, said D. Cavallo.
In her discussion with the Czech trade union members, she praised the extraordinary continuity and reliability of the social partner, KOVO Trade Union, led by Jaroslav Povšík, who has been a member of the ŠKODA AUTO’s Supervisory Board for almost 30 years, while also paying attention to transformation processes. She appealed to her Czech colleagues: “Think about the future, embark on new things, use qualifications and lifelong learning, get others involved.” She cited the successful transformation of the plant in Vrchlabí as a good example of a joint and promising solution reached by the employee representatives and the carmaker. On her visit, she also spoke highly of the work of all the ŠKODA AUTO employees. “I would like to thank them for their performance to date and send them greetings from their colleagues in Germany, but also from employees of the Group’s European and Global Works Councils”, she added. She noted that last year, the VW Group had wanted to focus on the 125th anniversary of the carmaker’s foundation and 115 years of car production in Mladá Boleslav. Unfortunately, the celebrations were complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. “You can be sure that for a lot of people in Wolfsburg and throughout the VW Group, this tradition means a lot”, said D. Cavallo, noting that they would be happy to catch up with joint celebrations within the VW Group. ED
You can find the interview with Daniela Cavallo on ŠKODA Space.
Daniela Cavallo is one of the newest members of ŠKODA AUTO’s Supervisory Board and is Chairwoman of the General and Group Works Council of the VW Group. During her visit to Mladá Boleslav, she was accompanied by Dariusz Dabrowski, Secretary General of the Board, Gunnar Kilian, the Volkswagen Group Board Member for Human Resources, and Karsten Brack, Head of the VW Group’s Human Resources. In addition to the KOVO Trade Union representatives who invited them to Mladá Boleslav, they also met CEO Thomas Schäfer, and Maren Gräf, Board Member for Human Resources, in May.