Walkout continues as GM job-cut talks begin

18th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

18 December 2004, RUESSELSHEIM - Top Opel management and labour officials began talks Monday on the plans by General Motors to axe 10,000 jobs at the carmaker, while workers at one of the company's main plants in Bochum continued a walkout.

18 December 2004

RUESSELSHEIM - Top Opel management and labour officials began talks Monday on the plans by General Motors to axe 10,000 jobs at the carmaker, while workers at one of the company's main plants in Bochum continued a walkout.

The talks at Opel headquarters in Ruesselsheim follow a war of words over the weekend as the metalworkers union IG Metall and worker representatives vowed to battle for their jobs.

Top management officials from Opel's three main plants, the car production units in Ruesselsheim and Bochum and the engine factory in Kaiserslautern, were meeting their counterparts from the workers side to discuss the GM job cuts unveiled on 14 October.

Altogether, GM is aiming to cut 12,000 workers from its current 62,000-strong workforce in Germany, Britain and Norway, with Opel to bear the brunt of the reductions. Opel's workforce is currently some 32,000.

After those plans were announced, workers at the Bochum factory, where some 4,000 jobs were to be slashed, immediately staged a walkout, bringing production to a standstill.

Monday morning, workers at Bochum voted unanimously to continue the walkout to press demands for a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies, despite appeals from politicians and even from the company's works council to return to work.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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