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Because of corona: LIQUI MOLY increases extra payment for all employees


Date: 27-Apr-2020

LIQUI MOLY is hiking its help for all employees. Ernst Prost, Managing Director of the German oil and additive specialist, describes this as a “hardship allowance”. Each employee will now receive an extra 500 euro, including temporary workers. Because the daily work is currently taking place under such difficult conditions, “I am all the more pleased to be able to relieve you of at least some financial worries”. A few weeks ago, the company had already paid a corona consolation of 1000 euro to each employee. In addition, Ernst Prost expressed the criticizism that the health system has been ruined in the past through excessive cost-cutting and that this must now be corrected at disproportionately higher costs. 

In his letter, Prost told his employees: "It is no consolation, it is not really a bonus, certainly not extra salary – it is a hardship allowance. Especially for those colleagues who do not have the opportunity to work from home, but must still come to our factory, laboratory and shipping department to work. That is not easy in these times and under these circumstances. And therefore I am all the more pleased to be able to relieve you of at least some financial worries. You’ve earned it! You’re doing a bang-up job right now! Of course, I am also thinking of our sales teams in countries where a curfew or similar restriction has been imposed. A few hundred salespeople who, while still highly disciplined and motivated on the phone at home, do their best and fight for every single customer, but who naturally also suffer a loss of commissions due to decreasing orders and lost business. The concrete plan for this is as follows: After the crisis, catch up on everything in terms of turnover, income and commissions that we are currently unable to achieve.

"It is still my ambition not to have to draw any short-time compensation from the state. After all, it’s nothing but taxpayers’ money that is being used here. We prefer to leave this sensible instrument of job security to the companies that really need it urgently."

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