Opel's main union, IG Metall, yesterday (22 August) declined to comment on possible short-time working, but the head of the automaker's Works Council, Wolfgang Schäfer-Klug insisted the move would safeguard jobs.
"Thanks to the support of short work payment and an additional allowance from the company, the financial burden for the employees will be limited," said Schäfer-Klug
The head of the general works council, Wolfgang Schäfer-Klug
, said the measure would "secure jobs" and help limit financial hardship for the employees concerned.
The measure would be introduced both in the production operations, as well as in administration.
Wolfgang Schäfer-Klug, Opel's labor chief, confirmed the talks between the three parties, and added that shortening the workday or week is definitely a better solution than laying off employees.