IG Metall threatens Opel parent Stellantis with conflict

Released on 15.10. 2017

  • IG Metall fears a clear cut at Opel. Photo: Michael Reichel

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At the car manufacturer Opel, the tone is getting harder. With political backing, IG Metall declares war on the newly founded parent company Stellantis.

Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – IG Metall has warned the European auto company Stellantis of a deforestation at its German subsidiary Opel.

«The Stellantis Group should be aware that there is a risk of a massive conflict, outsourcing plans and product relocations should be implemented, ”said the district chief of IG Metall Mitte, Jörg Köhlinger, on Friday. The support of the Prime Ministers of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia is “an expression of a broad alliance against deforestation”.

Last week, Stellantis plans became known, the two production plants Rüsselsheim and Eisenach to be separated from the German unit Opel Automobile GmbH. In addition, due to the lack of semiconductors, the Eisenach plant is to be closed for three months, while production will continue in other Stellantis plants. For this purpose, short-time work should be applied for. On Wednesday, further indications of an imminent reorganization of Opel GmbH became known, in which, for example, development capacities could be relocated to Morocco for cost reasons through the back door to bypass tariff and co-determination structures, explained Köhlinger. Obviously, additional capacities should be built up for the start-up of the new edition of the Grandland model outside of Eisenach in order to be able to put the respective workforces under pressure. The car had to be built exclusively in Eisenach, added the union representative Rudolf Luz. There is no need for additional production and development capacities.

The former General Motors subsidiary Opel was 2017 has been taken over by the Peugeot parent PSA. At the beginning of the year, this in turn merged 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. October IG Metall announced protest actions.

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