Spanish Opel staff plan four days of strike

21st October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Employees of Figueruelas near Zaragoza will go on strike after failing to reach an accord on the plant’s future plans with Magna, says a union.

Madrid – Workers at Spain's Opel plant have scheduled four strike days after they failed to reach an agreement with Canadian auto parts manufacturer Magna International on job cuts, a union said Tuesday.

Staff at the plant at Figueruelas near Zaragoza will down tools for a 48-hour period between 28 and 30 October and again between 3 and 5 November, said Spanish trade union confederation CCOO which represents some Opel workers.

Magna International wants to cut around 1,300 of the 7,000 staff at the Opel factory in Figueruelas and move some production to Germany.

Since last week, representatives of Magna, unions and Spain's socialist government have held several meetings to attempt to reach an accord on the future of the plant.

Struggling US giant General Motors announced in September the sale of a majority stake in its European arm Opel to Magna and its partner, Russian state-owned lender Sberbank.

Magna is reportedly planning to cut 10,500 jobs across Europe.

The European Commission on Friday raised the prospect of a repeat sale of Opel, warning that planned German aid for the current bid could breach EU competition rules.

AFP / Expatica

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