Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – On the nationwide day of action of IG Metall today, the crisis situation at the car manufacturer Opel will also be discussed. Protest events are planned at the Opel locations in Kaiserslautern and Eisenach, while the Rüsselsheim workforce is called to rally in nearby Frankfurt. There, the chairman of the Opel works council, Uwe Baum, will speak about the current situation. In Eisenach, Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow takes part in the event.
Since the takeover by the Peugeot parent company PSA in August 2017, jobs at Opel have been cut and processes streamlined. The merger of PSA with Fiat-Chrysler to form the new Stellantis group has made the situation of the only German brand even more uncertain. So the Eisenach plant has to take a compulsory short-time break by the end of the year. Recently, plans had become known to separate the actual production plants from the German Opel group. In addition, the tool shop in Rüsselsheim will be closed at the end of the year.
The motto of the nationwide day of action is “Fair change – social, ecological, democratic”. According to the announcement, it should set an example for an active industrial policy and fair change in Germany as an industrial location. Politicians are expected to provide framework conditions that enable fair and sustainable socio-ecological change and take the interests of employees into account.
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