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Opel / unions are talking about reopening voluntary redundancy programs
An Opel spokesperson told Dow Jones Newswires that Opel Automobile management was in talks with social partners about reopening existing voluntary layoff programs. This possibility was already agreed between the company and social partners in January 2020.
Opel is facing problems
“In the context of rapid industrial change, pandemic, geographical situation, weak supply chains and significant increase in energy and raw material prices, the company wants to open a voluntary exit program for up to 1,000 additional employees in Germany”, it shows. company.
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We’ve been warned: “reasons” for downsizing have been on the rise recently. Other manufacturers may follow Opel’s lead.
The fact remains that in January 2020, ie before the Covid, the war in Ukraine, the shortage of semiconductors, the rise in the price of raw materials … and so on … Bloomberg claimed to be a manufacturer that had recently been acquired. PSA had plans to cut thousands of jobs. Citing a source familiar with the matter, the news agency said at least 2,100 positions would be cut by 2025 and that two waves of one thousand job cuts could follow in 2027 and then 2029.
According to an article in the German newspaper Handelsblatt, Opel intends to cut up to 1,000 jobs in Germany.
During the internal meeting, the manufacturer – a subsidiary of Stellantis, the group resulting from the merger between FCA and PSA – announced that it intends to reduce staff again by the end of the year at the German sites in Rüsselsheim, Kaiserslautern and Eisenach through implementation. of partial retirement, early retirement or retirement pay programs.