Anxious workers at Opel’s Bochum factory, one of four the General Motors-owned subsidiary has in Germany, are worried the axe is about to fall on their workplace.
GM is widely thought to be planning to get rid of one of its German plants as it tries to stem heavy losses.
“The management is playing for time.They said that all the important production sites will be transferred. That means the end for Bochum. Workers would be well advised to ask the simple question: will the factory continue to exist or will we have to fight?” said union member Christoph Schweizer.
Bochum can produce 160,000 cars a year with its 3100 workers, but on Monday Opel boss Karl Friedrich Stracke said the plant’s operation beyond 2014 was not currently being discussed.
Demand for Opel vehicles in Europe plunged by 16% in the first three months of this year.