The automaker Stellantis is considering removing responsibility for two important factories from its German subsidiary Opel. In order to further strengthen cooperation and greater flexibility within the group, the company announced on Thursday that it plans to develop the production facilities in Rüsselsheim and Eisenach into their own legal and production organizations. In the long term, this should help to secure jobs. With this decision, Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares wants to achieve greater penetration of the entire production network of the group with a total of 14 brands in order to improve the capacity utilization of individual factories, reported the newspaper. Outsourcing could also aim to reduce the influence of unions.
A spokesperson for Opel stressed that working conditions should remain unchanged for all employees, that existing collective agreements and company agreements should continue to apply. “We now want to discuss the precise details with the social partner.” After the fall of the Wall, the Opel plant in Eisenach became independent until the end of 2013. For the plant in Thuringia, Opel recently announced short-time work until the end of the year due to the crisis lice or fleas. The company also announced a specific date for the restart. This decision was criticized by the union and the Prime Minister of Thuringia, Bodo Ramelow. Opel settled its problems at the taxpayer’s expense, Ramelow said last.
Opel produces the Grandland SUV in Eisenach. During the shutdown, the production of the vehicle must be temporarily outsourced to Souchaux, France. This drew criticism from the workforce. “With Stellanti’s vague statements, the employees and us works councils have nothing to do with,” said Eisenach works council chairman Bernd Lösche.