The German government will not help Opel’s Bochum plant, which will be closed in 2016.

Although Opel made the official announcement that its Bochum plant in Germany will be closed in 2016, cutting 3,000 jobs, this has not determined the government to help the automaker. This is the first time a German automaker is forced to take such a drastic action since World War II, shocking both national and regional politicians.

“The staff anger is understandable. [The] company’s decision [s] in the past need to be questioned,” said the German Economics Minister, Phillip Rösler. “There will be no financial aid as aid will not resolve the economic difficulties of the company in the future.”

This means that the State of North-Rhein Westphalia and the town should join hands and find solutions together for the future jobless workers as no help is coming from Berlin. Although production at the plant will stop once the current Zafira model runs out in about four years, Opel said that the plant warehouse would continue past that date, with the possibility to be expanded and add more component manufacture.

“Opel takes its responsibility seriously and will implement still-necessary job reductions in the most socially responsible way. The goal of our negotiations with the Works Council is to refrain from forced redundancies before the run-out of the current Zafira,” said GM vice-chairman, Steve Girsky.


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