This is what the head of the works council, werner einenkel, told the dpa news agency on saturday, confirming statements made by WDR. Although discussions were still underway with the state government about alternatives, these were made even more difficult by the planned closure of the transmission plant in 2013. "The situation has never been so serious and threatening," said einkel. Speculation about the end of the opel site in bochum has been rife for months now.
It was not quite clear whether the communication thread with the management was finally broken. But according to einkel, the management seems determined to close down the traditional plant. No reasons were given in the announcements, the head of the works council complained. As long as cars were still being built in bochum, he still saw a chance of preserving the location.
Next monday, the works council will hold a staff meeting to inform employees about the situation. The management has been invited and asked to comment on the plans and to explain the closure plans, he says. The zafira family van is manufactured in bochum.
At the end of october, the management in russelsheim had announced that no new product was planned for the bochum plant after the discontinuation of the current zafira tourer, "subject to further consultations". Negotiations with the union and works council have apparently remained inconclusive.
Opel wants to better adjust production capacity to the lower market demand. The american parent company is under considerable pressure to cut costs. For many years, the company has been in the red in europe. The crisis in europe will continue to weigh on demand in the coming years. General motors aims to break even in europe by 2015.