Opel plant closure deals setback to labor talks

FRANKFURT Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:13am EST

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Opel's (GM.N) refusal to save its Bochum car plant from closure has dealt a setback to restructuring talks with its German labor force, trade union IG Metall said on Monday.

"We are further away from negotiating an agreement than before. A deal is scarcely possible before Christmas, probably," said a spokesman for the union's regional chapter in North Rhine-Westphalia, home to the Bochum site.

An IG Metall committee will meet in Frankfurt on Wednesday to discuss how to proceed following the announcement that management saw no alternative to its plans to end vehicle production in Bochum in 2016.

It would be the first time a German carmaker has closed a vehicle plant in decades.

(Reporting By Christiaan Hetzner)

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pppjnsn wrote:
This is what happens when politicians try and run something they know nothing about. We all know that the parent company General Motors has committed huge management blunders dealing with the Bochum plant in the past. Fifty years the plant has been running – no way has GM taken all the required steps to try and rescue car production there. Other German companies are hanging in there or even doing rather well – just look at The Schaeffler Group and Continental AG. Schaeffler expanding in Hungary, ( 700 extra jobs ) and India, a €150 million investment over the next 3/4 years expanding existing plants at Pune, Hosur and Vadodara whilst also building a new green field plant at Savli, near Vadodara. Continental expanding in Germany, Romania, Hungary and China. All the while both companies are maintaining a strong presence within the EU. All you Bochum workers – I would’nt wait – get out there and go and work for an employer that knows what it is doing.

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