Opel continuous to cut back production
According to a media report, the battered car manufacturer Opel shall continue to cut back production. Reason for that is the poor order situation. In the main factory in Rüsselsheim, the production lines are even supposed to stop completely on some days in October. A newspaper report of the Mainz publishing group VRM mentions seven so-called “corridor days”. Between 1 and 29 October, the employees shall stay at home on these days. The newspaper cites internal employee information from works council circles as the source.
In addition to the production shutdown, only 35 instead of 42 vehicles shall be produced per hour in the near future. But the number of employees will remain the same. Production will thus be shut down once again within a short period of time. The production was just reduced from 55 to 42 cars per hour in the summer holidays.
Opel does not express them so far
Production at other plants in Eisenach and Gliwice (Poland) has also been cut back. In October, short-time work shall be introduced in Eisenach on 13 working days. Only on 8 out of 21 working days will the production run as usual.
Currently no details of the planned measure are known from the car manufacturer self. A spokesperson merely said that production would of course be adjusted regularly. Opel was taken over about a year ago by the French company PSA. The works council is said not to have approved the corridor days.
Thousands of Opel employees have feared for their jobs for months. But PSA boss Tavares had only promised to invest in the plants if the carmaker remains competitive.