Following an accord that includes a job protection guarantee until 2018, GM’s European unit Opel has announced it had signed a new agreement with employees at its German factories in Ruesselsheim, Kaiserslautern and Eisenach.
As the factory in Bochum is set to stop producing cars at the end of 2014 and the fact that Opel management and its workforce had heated clashes in the past over how to return the money-losing European unit to profitability, the new accord is a sign that spirits have now calmed.
“For the company and its employees this is an important step toward securing our future,” Ulrich Schumacher, Opel’s head of personnel who joined in May last year, said in a statement.
With around 7,150 employees at the three factories, Opel has promised to the Ruesselsheim factory it will give an additional model to build, to the Eisenach factory the continuation of Corsa and Adam models production and to the Kaiserslautern plant the support for it to continue building components.
For GM’s new chief executive officer, Mary Barra, fixing Europe’s Opel business is on top of the to do list, as she asked Opel’s employees to accelerate the European brand’s turnaround and told everyone that GM is fully committed to supporting its European unit after dropping Chevrolet form the region.