IG Metall wants GM to secure Opel jobs until end of 2018

Article by Anita Panait, on January 31, 2013

German trade union IG Metall demands that General Motors guarantee that no employee of its Opel unit working at the Bochum plant in Germany will become unemployed after production ends. This implies that IG Metall may accept a possible closure of Opel’s Bochum plant. The union said they must guarantee that no one will be unemployed once the production of the current vehicle in the plant ends to ensure that workers will not be alone in carrying the risks of restructuring the site.

The union demands security for the employees until the end of 2018. The union acknowledged that Opel’s current economic situation is worse than ever before, and that it has “reached a dimension that threatens its existence.” IG Metall admitted that due to a low market share, production sites in Europe are utilized only to 50 percent.

The union warned that no German Opel plant was safe, since the weakest site would be “weeded out.” IG Metall said that while initially workers in the Bochum plant are most affected, no one is secure in the mid-term, adding that no plant could ensure a sufficient utilization of its production capacity even for the mid-term. Rainer Einenkel, Bochum's works council chief, told Reuters that he would not oppose union demands that tacitly agree to the plant’s closure. He disclosed that the majority was in favor of the shutdown of the plant.

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