Opel plans cutting 30 percent of administrative jobs, report says image

General Motors’ Opel subsidiary is reportedly planning to lay off 30 percent of its administrative jobs at the company headquarters in Russelsheim, according to a report from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The daily newspaper cited two unnamed board members, who said the cuts would be made voluntarily, without resorting to compulsory layoffs. Opel said in a statement that part of its 10-year plan “Drive Opel 2022” included reducing personnel costs, an issue currently under negotiation with labor leaders. “We have repeatedly stated that our organisational structure needs to be leaner and more nimble. Beyond that we have nothing further to announce,” the company said.

In mid-July, FAZ reported also that GM Europe president Stephen Girsky wanted to cut the jobs of 2,400 managers throughout Opel, including some 500 senior managers with salaries upwards of 100,000 euros a year.

The works council chief at Opel denied the report. “We negotiated shorter working hours also in the administration areas, in addition to shorter working hours in production, to further reduce costs and balance out the decrease in volume,” Wolfgang Schaefer-Klug told Dow Jones Newswires.

Last month German newspaper Bild said that Opel may have to cut 30 percent of all jobs in the country, a report that Opel denied as well.