Opel workers abandon wildcat strikes

20th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2004 , BOCHUM - Workers at the Opel carmaking plant in the city of Bochum voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to end their nearly week-long wildcat strike and were to return almost immediately to work, officials announced. Dietmar Hahn, workers council chairman at the Bochum factory, said that in agreement with management the production lines were to start running again at 3 pm. local time.

20 October 2004

BOCHUM - Workers at the Opel carmaking plant in the city of Bochum voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to end their nearly week-long wildcat strike and were to return almost immediately to work, officials announced.

Dietmar Hahn, workers council chairman at the Bochum factory, said that in agreement with management the production lines were to start running again at 3 pm. local time.

He reported that 6,400 workers had voted to end the illegal walkout, which began on 14 October as against 1,700 who wanted to continue the strike.

In the secret vote held at the 5,000-seat RuhrCongress convention hall, workers were asked to answer "yes" or "no" to the question of whether the works council should continue negotiations with management and at the same time resume work.

Representatives had called on all 9,600 employees at the Bochum factory to vote on the wildcat strike which has stopped production at the plant and had begun to affect Opel factories in Germany and around Europe.

The workers began the strike on October 14 soon after General Motors Europe announced job-slashing plans, including 4,000 jobs at the Bochum factory.

GM Europe, with a European work force of some 62,000 workers, wants to cut 12,000 jobs over the next two years at Opel, Vauxhall (Britain) and Saab (Sweden), to slash costs by EUR 500 million.

Opel, which employs around 33,000, is to bear the brunt of the reductions, with 10,000 jobs to be axed under GM's plans.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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