Germany - Opel deal with job security in exchange for wage concessions - May 31, 2018

Long and intense negotiations between the management of the automaker, since August 2017 owned by French car giant PSA, the central works council and the IG Metall union on the future of Opel’s plants has resulted in an agreement in principle. Opel has promised to start significant investment programs at the production plants and at the R&D centre. According to a statement by the works council and trade union IG Metall, the workers at the production sites in Rüsselsheim, Kaiserslautern, Eisenach, Dudenhofen and Bochum will have their jobs guaranteed until the summer of 2023 and investments have been budgeted for each site. In exchange, the workers’ representatives have agreed with pay concessions.

Read on: in English … The statement: in German …

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