Development center in Opel employees demonstrate against a planned partial sale


    Numerous Employees of the car manufacturer Opel have protested at the headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany against the sales plans of the management. A large crowd of people left on Thursday morning, the premises and moved in a protest March through the city on the Main. In the morning a meeting with several thousand participants should take place in the Opel hall K48.

    The workers, in particular, against the agreed in November to sell of Parts of the International Technical development center (ITEZ) to the service provider Segula. About 2000 engineers to change until next summer to the employer, because Opel can fill the center with about 7000 employees.

    Segula advertises to Market

    The German head of Segula, Martin Long, has been shown in an interview with the Rhein-Main-Zeitung confident of the up to 2000 developers with a good future. Segula have no problems to take the case of Opel only in the summer of negotiated guarantee of employment until July 2023. He had offered to the IG Metall collective bargaining talks. How to listen is, there is not yet such negotiations.

    The protesters carried banners with inscriptions such as “No future without co-determination” or “settings”. Younger employees demanded: “It comes to our Adoption. The Future: Indefinite.“

    Wait for the second model

    The car manufacturer was taken over in the summer of 2017 by the French Peugeot parent PSA, which provides, in the meantime, many parts of the new Opel models. In addition, the development contracts of the former parent company General Motors from America. The IG metal requires protection mechanisms for workers who switch to Segula. So far, none of the receivables was implemented, it was said in a call to the Assembly. A concrete implementation of the promised investments for a second model in Rüsselsheim is missing.