2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
At the Opel plant in Bochum, employees are discussing the restructuring plan for the car manufacturer. The employees have to decide whether they agree to the collective agreement negotiated by IG Metall with management.
The workforce at the Opel plant in Bochum has started discussions about the restructuring plan for the ailing car manufacturer. The employees have to decide whether to accept the collective agreement negotiated by IG Metall with the Opel management. The redevelopment plan provides that car production in Bochum will be discontinued at the end of 2016. After that, only a parts production and a spare parts warehouse with a total of 1200 jobs will remain in Bochum. If the workforce rejects this plan, the Bochum plant could be closed as early as the end of 2014.
Result still open
At a works meeting on the factory premises in the morning, the night and early shift employees were first informed of the details of the collective agreement. After the meeting there was a vote. A second works meeting including voting is planned for the afternoon. According to IG Metall, a result is expected in the early evening.
Participants said that the advantages and disadvantages of the restructuring plan were discussed intensively at the two and a half hour works meeting in the morning. A clear picture of how the vote could end could not be made out.
The works council and IG Metall do not agree on the assessment of the agreement. Works council chief Rainer Einenkel rejects the collective agreement. The promises for replacement jobs are not enough for him. In addition, layoffs were threatened before 2016, he warns. The union emphasizes that nothing more could be gotten out of the negotiations.
If the answer is no, Bochum will be removed from the contract, which has already been approved at three other Opel locations, according to the union. In this case, Opel supervisory board chairman Steve Girsky has announced that production in Bochum will be completely shut down on January 1, 2015. (dpa)
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