Spain - Opel workers accept job cuts plan - October 26, 2009

Workers at the Opel auto plant in Figueruelas, northern Spain, have accepted a plan by Canadian auto parts maker Magna International that would see the loss of 900 jobs, unions said. Members of the UGT and CCOO unions approved the plan by a large majority, and its leaders lifted a strike call. The plan envisages the loss of 900 of the more than 7,000 jobs at the factory, less than the 1,300 Magna had sought when the talks began last week and around half the number it had originally proposed. Magna also undertook to maintain the bulk of the existing production at the plant, which produces the Corsa model. The Spanish unions had feared some of the production would be moved to Germany.

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