Several hundred employees for the car maker Opel are picketing the company’s Bochum factory in Germany and are threatening industrial action to protest proposed job cuts at the plant. The Bochum plant produces car parts for all of Opel’s European factories. Picketing started on Thursday afternoon after America’s General Motors, which owns Opel, announced it would be cutting around 10,000 jobs in Europe.
Employees representatives will be meeting on Monday with Opel’s management in the hope of launching negotiations to stave off further strikes. Employee representatives say that the Bochum plant supplies parts all over Europe and can disrupt deliveries to Great Britain, Belgium and Poland.