* Western German workers to be paid 6,200 euros
* 2013 bonus about 1,000 euros lower than in 2012
* Tougher market conditions caused drop -labor leader
BERLIN, Feb 26 Volkswagen will pay
German workers a lower bonus for 2013 than a year earlier, as
slumping demand in core European car markets hurt sales and
profit at its major brand.
Deliveries of VW-branded cars, accounting for over 60
percent of last year's record 9.7 million group deliveries,
shrank 3.9 percent in western Europe in 2013 to 811,800.
The company disburses 10 percent of operating profit at the
passenger-car brand to workers as bonuses. All major German
carmakers pay workers bonuses every year.
VW said on Wednesday it will pay its 100,000 workers at its
six western German factories a bonus of 6,200 euros ($8,500)
each, 1,000 euros less than 2012 and 1,300 less than 2011.
"The tougher market situation has a direct impact on the
size of the bonus," VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh said
in a statement.
Europe's largest automotive group toned down its outlook for
2014 as uncertainty in European auto markets persists, after
reporting record operating profit for 2013 on higher luxury-car
sales and falling costs of a manufacturing overhaul.
VW - whose twelve brands include Audi, Porsche and Czech
manufacturer Skoda - is due to release a brand-by-brand
breakdown of results and executive compensation details on March
($1 = 0.7282 euros)
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Louise Ireland)