Workers at Opel’s Antwerp plant in Belgium are bracing themselves for their factory’s closure after weeks of uncertainty.
US owner General Motors has warned staff their 2,300 jobs are in jeopardy as it moves to cut its European capacity by a fifth.
News that GM’s chief executive is due in Brussels later today suggests the axe is about to fall.
With car sales in Western Europe likely to shrink by 1.5 million units this year, most manufacturers are looking to retrench.
Opel union leaders are holding an emergency meeting this morning – they are hoping a restructuring plan will off-set job losses.
Late last night workers blockaded an entrance to the Antwerp site in protest.