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Factsheet for case PL-2020-12/1776 – measures in Poland

Volkswagen Poznań: Sanitary and organisational adaptations in the automotive production

Adaptacje w Volkswagen Poznań

Country Poland , applies locally

    • – PL418 Poznański
Time period Open ended, started on 16 March 2020
Type Company practices
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound
Case created 12 February 2021 (updated 19 February 2021)

Background information

German car manufacturer Volkswagen has been operating in Poznań, Poland, since 1993. The company has production facilities in Poznań, Swarzędz and Września, employing about 11,000 staff. Currently, the company allocates resources to increase the level of automation. For 5 spring weeks, VW suspended the production at its factories. The suspension of production and its resumption, as well as remote working, were severely challenging for the company; Volkswagen had to develop completely new solutions for the automotive production in a very short time.

Content of measure

To keep the process of automatic transformation and secure health and safety of 11,000 employees, the company introduced some new measures and solutions at its production and office departments:

  • Office duties were held remotely;
  • The pace of production was slowed down and adapted to the new conditions;
  • Each employee was provided with necessary personal protective equipment;
  • Social distancing both in the production and administrative departments;
  • A new internal team developing digital solutions to facilitate return to work after the lockdown;
  • Employees were provided with mobile equipment, and the company expanded the communication channels, including launching a mobile application for employees’ private smartphones to keep the communication with the crew.

Use of measure

All Volkswagen Poznań departments and employees.


  • Health and safety
  • Telework

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level



Views and reactions


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 18 May 2020: W jaki sposób Volkswagen Poznań dostosował się i zmienia w wyniku epidemi (


Eurofound (2021), Volkswagen Poznań: Sanitary and organisational adaptations in the automotive production, case PL-2020-12/1776 (measures in Poland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.