Statement of Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller Regarding Media Reports

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 11:30

Rüsselsheim.  “Our engineering is and will stay at the core of Opel. All future Opel models will be developed here in Rüsselsheim. Furthermore, we are taking over numerous important tasks for the entire Groupe PSA.

We have a clear goal: We want to sustainably and successfully position ourselves as an overall company and explicitly in Engineering and secure qualified employment at the site. However, we know that the workload from GM will decrease drastically over the coming years. Therefore, we are looking into different options on how we can achieve a sustainable and successful set-up in the Engineering Center.

Strategic partnerships with other companies are part of these considerations. At this moment in time and as already mentioned, no decisions on this have been made. Furthermore, it not yet clear which options can result in viable solutions. Obviously, our social partner will be involved in the process.

We have informed the IG Metall and the General Works Council regularly and since December 2017 already that we are checking the viability of strategic partnerships in engineering as a means to secure long-term employment in the Engineering Center. This information is also part of the agreement also signed by the General Works Council last year. The claim that we denied such plans in the board of arbitration is wrong.

I am convinced that it is our duty as the Management Team to check all possibilities of securing long-term employment at the site. For this purpose we agreed important key points in May. Amongst others, this includes an employment guarantee until 2023. We stand by this and now want to put this in writing in a collective agreement. We want to do so this week and are currently in intensive discussions with the social partner.”



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