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Opel-Werke: Ramelow expects a conversation with Stellantis CEO

Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) expects a meeting of the heads of government of the Opel countries with Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares in the near future. “We have the promise that the conversation will take place,” said Ramelow of the dpa in Erfurt.

However, he did not want to comment publicly on the date and place of the meeting of the state leaders of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia as well as a representative of the federal government with Tavares.

Ramelow also announced that there would be a meeting between the economics ministers of the three federal states and Opel boss Uwe Hochgeschurtz on a second level. He had now promised to keep the Opel plants in Rüsselsheim, Eisenach and Kaiserslautern. “I did not assume that Eisenach would be closed,” said Ramelow. However, a number of questions were still open.

In the case of Eisenach, for example, it is about keeping the promise that the lifted SUV Grandland X will be built exclusively in Thuringia in various variants after the current production standstill. The workforce also wants to know “when will production start again with which product”. In addition, the employees in Eisenach and Rüsselsheim are concerned with the question of what will remain of the Opel company if two plants are outsourced.

Hochgeschurtz said in an interview with the VRM Group newspapers on Monday that the Opel parent company Stellantis was continuing to examine the legal spin-off of the production plants in Rüsselsheim and Eisenach from the German Opel group. “The factories would remain part of the Stellantis group unchanged. The existing collective agreements and works agreements continue to apply,” he said.

Ramelow spoke of a hanging game for the employees. “If you want to keep your permanent staff, you have to make clear statements.” After the takeover of Opel, there was a lot of trust in the PSA Group. This should not be put at risk, so Thuringia’s Prime Minister.

The works council and IG Metall have assessed the spin-off plans as the beginning of the break-up of Opel and announced strong opposition. Opel is the only German brand in the Stellantis car company, which was created at the beginning of the year from the Peugeot parent company PSA and Fiat-Chrysler.


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