Belgium - Unions sue GM over closure Antwerp factory - January 27, 2010

Belgian metalworkers’ unions are suing General Motors (GM) European unit Opel for breaching a contract with the Belgian trade unions when the carmaker decided last week to close its Antwerp plant and produce a two small SUV models elsewhere, most likely in South Korea. In a common position on Opel Antwerp of the European Employee Forum (EEF), the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF), the European unions and Works Councils within Opel/Vauxhall, it is argued that the relocation of the two models is the only reason for the intended closure of the Antwerp factory. The workers’ representatives declare that in case of non-closure of Antwerp, GM would need Euro 500 million less in guarantee loans from the European governments; also, earlier the Flemish government offered Euro 300 million in guarantee loans, and has announced to maintain this offer. Union representatives from Germany, Spain and the UK came to the Belgian Opel plant as to show their solidarity with the 2,600 workers there.



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