Country bosses concerned about further developments at Opel

Released on 14.10. 2017

  • Because of the threatened smashing of Opel, IG Metall has announced protests. Photo: Michael Reichel

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What is happening to the car manufacturer Opel in the newly founded Stellantis Group? The company apparently did not let the employees or the German politicians in on its plans.

Wiesbaden / Mainz / Erfurt (dpa) – The threat of breaking up the car manufacturer Opel has raised concerns about jobs in the state governments of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia.

In a joint letter to the head of the Opel parent company Stellantis, Carlos Tavares, the Prime Ministers Volker Bouffier (CDU), Malu Dreyer (SPD) and Bodo Ramelow (Linke) asked for more information and a return to trustworthy communication about the company’s current situation and its locations.

Last week, Stellantis announced plans to separate the two production plants in Rüsselsheim and Eisenach from the German unit Opel Automobile GmbH. In addition, due to the semiconductor shortage, the Eisenach plant is to be closed for three months, while production in other Stellantis plants will be maintained certainly lead to doubts and concerns about what plans Stellantis now has with Opel Germany », the state politicians now write to Tavares. There was no accompanying communication with the federal states on both issues.

The former General Motors subsidiary Opel was 2017 has been taken over by the Peugeot parent company PSA. This in turn merged this year with Fiat-Chrysler to form the Stellantis Group based in Amsterdam. The company is the fourth largest automaker in the world and is led by former PSA boss Carlos Tavares. In the tough restructuring course for the only German brand Opel, IG Metall agreed protection against dismissal until July 2025 for the remaining employees.

For the 29. In October IG Metall announced protest actions. The threat of dismantling only serves the goal of weakening successful co-determination in Germany, said Opel works council boss Uwe Baum last Friday. On Wednesday further indications of an imminent reorganization of Opel GmbH became known.

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