Production halts at Opel plant
19 October 2004, BRUSSELS - Production halted at the Opel factory in Antwerp on Tuesday due to a strike by many of the car firm's German workers.
19 October 2004
BRUSSELS - Production halted at the Opel factory in Antwerp on Tuesday due to a strike by many of the car firm's German workers.
Workers at the Bochum plant in Germany are now on their sixth day of striking in protest at plans by parent company and US auto giant General Motors to axe 12,000 jobs in Europe.
This represents around one fifth of its workforce on the continent, with many of the cuts to be made in Germany.
The Antwerp factory relies on Bochum for supplies, which is why work stopped there on Tuesday.
According to Opel spokesman, Marco Van Riel, Belgian workers were able to operate during the night and morning shifts but production had to be halted in the afternoon.
The stoppage came as an estimated 50,000 General Motors workers took to the streets across Europe to protest at the firm's layoff plans.
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Subject: Belgian news