Germany - Unions and works council and the Opel/PSA talks - February 28, 2017

General Motors and the PSA Group are in advanced discussions to combine PSA with GM's European Opel activities. If concluded successfully, the talks lead to a going together of Opel with PSA. Information about the deal reached the workforce relatively late, after the talks were announced in the media. An Opel acquisition would see GM exit Europe, while transforming PSA Group into Europe's second-largest carmaker - behind VW - with a 16% share of the European market. The deal could have giant employment consequences (with losses up to 6000 jobs in Germany). PSA management has guaranteed that in the new configuration at least four plants in Germany will stay open and that there will be no dismissals till the end of 2018. Trade union IG Metall and the works council are relatively open for the deal, as they see more chances to go ahead after a separation from GM. The UK trade unions are less positive about GM walking away from the UK plants and workers, as the possible deal could lead to substantial job losses or even closures at the Vauxhall plants that are also involved.

English: http://www.industriall-union.org/ig-metall-and-opel-european-works-council ...  

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/15/unite-leader-len-mccluskey-warns ...  

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-opel-m-a-psa ...  

http://www.bbc.com/news/business ...  

German: http://www.rp-online.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/die-ig-metall-macht ...  

https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article162195278/Opel-Deal-soll-in-drei-Wochen-stehen ...  

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