Agreements on job cuts near at local plants of Bosch, Schefenacker

Munich. After weeks of negotiations over cost-cutting and staff reductions, agreements are emerging at Bosch's Munich factory and at supplier Schefenacker.

At the Bosch fuel-pump plant, layoffs are "off the table," said Wolfgang Haase of the IG Metall metalworkers union in Munich. A workforce reduction of about 80 staff is expected to take place through reassignments and partial retirements, among other measures.

Severance packages are being sought for another 70. The agreement has local guarantees that would remain in effect until 2012. It is expected to be signed in the next few days.

At Schefenacker, the situation is also easing up. Originally, 580 of the 1,350 positions at Esslingen, Schwaikheim, Geislingen and Oberrot were to be eliminated. Meanwhile, production chief Rolf Ritter said employment guarantees are possible if there are "appropriate quid pro quos from employees."

The company wants to save about 30 million euros. "A fairly large part" should be borne by employees, he said.

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