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GM’s Bochum plant workers rejected the automaker’s restructuring plan, which means that the facility will be closed at the end of 2014.

Yesterday, March 21st, workers at Bochum plant, Germany, had to vote for GM’s restructuring plan, which would have kept the plant open by 2016. More than 76% of the votes were against the plan, according to IG Metall union.

“The vote is clear,” said Knut Giesler, the regional head of IG Metall. “I see the results as a clear no-confidence vote for the management of Opel. Too many mistakes, too many false promises for eight years.”

GM’s reorganization plan is aimed at reducing losses in Europe, which have reached $18 billion since 1999, by introducing 23 new Opel vehicles in the next three years and cutting unnecessary costs. The closing of Bochum plant is part of this plan and marks the first German plant to be closed since WWII. Bochum was the only plant to reject the plan, while the other GM factories in Germany will continue working on frozen wages.

“We very much regret that the employees in Bochum did not accept an attractive offer,” Manfred Gellrich, director of the Bochum plant, said in a statement. “A huge opportunity has now been missed.”