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EV push threatens 75,000 German auto industry jobs, study says

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The switch to EVs will put 75,000 engine and gearbox manufacturing jobs at risk, a study commissioned by German trade unions and the auto industry showed.

PSA's decision to move Opel Grandland X production angers French unions

May 30, 2018 16:11 CET
PSA's decision to move production of the Opel Grandland X from France to Germany has angered French workers' representatives.

Opel and labor leaders agree to job guarantees, investments at German sites

May 29, 2018 20:57 CET
German labor leaders agreed with PSA's Opel unit on an investment plan and job guarantees for factories in Germany in return for wage concessions.

Opel union blocks voluntary buyouts, stifling deeper PSA cuts, report says

April 27, 2018 15:17 CET
Opel's works council has halted a voluntary buyout plan, crimping parent company PSA's ability to pursue deeper staff cuts, internal memos seen by Reuters showed.

Opel workers protest cuts as PSA's Tavares digs in

April 25, 2018 11:14 CET
Hundreds of Opel workers gathered outside the automaker's plant in Eisenach, Germany, to protest PSA's plans to rein in wages in return for production investments.

Solidarity among Opel/Vauxhall unions frays after German workers resist cuts

April 21, 2018 09:07 CET
German Opel workers' resistance to pay curbs and other concessions demanded by new parent PSA has angered unions in other European markets including France and the UK.

PSA's Tavares faces toughest opponent yet in German union

April 20, 2018 09:16 CET
PSA boss Carlos Tavares, who is no stranger to thrashing out difficult labor deals, is now taking on Germany's powerful IG Metall union, which has been the undoing of many a cost cutter.

Opel labor leaders fear Eisenach plant work force could halve

April 20, 2018 09:48 CET
German labor leaders fear Opel's Eisenach factory could lose half its 1,800-person work force unless a deal with owner PSA is struck. The French company wants concessions to raise the plant's profitability as a precondition for getting more production allocated to the plant.

PSA, union in standoff over Opel's Eisenach plant

April 16, 2018 19:42 CET
PSA has postponed a decision on whether to build a new electrified vehicle at Opel's Eisenach factory in Germany after workers rejected wage concessions.

Opel's German workers demand investment from PSA

March 23, 2018 16:55 CET
Opel's German workers demanded "constructive proposals" for investment decisions, rejecting demands from parent PSA for wage concessions.

VW avoids strikes with 4% wage hike for German workers

Feb. 21, 2018 09:21 CET
VW agreed to raise the wages of more than 120,000 workers in Germany by 4.3 percent, averting widespread strikes at the automaker.

German industrial workers, employers agree to pay deal

Feb. 6, 2018 08:48 CET
Workers and employers in southwestern Germany agreed to a deal on pay and working hours after a series of strikes that hit automakers and suppliers. Both sides said they will recommend the deal's adoption across the country.

VW, Ford hit by second day of German industrial strikes

Feb. 1, 2018 11:41 CET
VW Group and Ford were among companies hit by a second day of 24-hour strikes by industrial workers in Germany. Daimler, which is also expected to face strikes, will find it hard to make up for production shortfalls resulting from the action, CEO Dieter Zetsche said.

VW German ouput at risk as wage dispute intensifies

Feb. 1, 2018 16:46 CET
German union IG Metall threatened to cripple vehicle production at VW Group if top executives at the automaker continue to block sizeable pay increases for workers.

All-day strikes loom at German auto companies after wage talks collapse

Jan. 27, 2018 15:15 CET
Germany's most powerful union, IG Metall, is escalating a dispute over wages and flexible working hours with day-long strikes planned that threaten to hit automakers and suppliers.

Opel is latest automaker hit by German pay strikes

Jan. 17, 2018 17:05 CET
German industrial workers including more than 8,000 from Opel took part in strikes, continuing a series of walkouts in support of union demands for an industrywide 6 percent pay increase.

Audi, BMW workers stage strikes amid talks over wages, hours

Jan. 12, 2018 09:21 CET
Workers at German companies, including Audi and BMW, are staging further walkouts amid labor talks seeking higher pay and shorter working hours.

Porsche threatened with walkouts to back pay claim

Jan. 3, 2018 17:07 CET
The IG Metall union called on Porsche workers to walk off their shifts as part of its campaign for higher pay across Germany's engineering industry.

First round of VW pay talks end without deal

Dec. 11, 2017 15:43 CET
IG Metall said a first round of wage talks at Volkswagen failed to produce a result. The union said it was disappointed VW did not present a counter-offer to its demand for a 6-percent wage hike.

VW's German workers seek 6% pay increase

Oct. 25, 2017 15:27 CET
Growing profit and vehicle sales at VW justify calls for strong wage gains even as the company faces billions of costs for its diesel-emissions test scandal and a strategic shift to electric cars, the IG Metall union said.

VW withdraws Ducati sale amid unions' opposition

Oct. 2, 2017 10:23 CET
VW Group halted the sale of its Ducati motorcycle unit amid opposition from its unions, an Italian labor leader said. The automaker considered selling Ducati as part of an asset review that started last year in the wake of its diesel-emissions scandal.

Germany's VDA and IG Metall union seek gov't support for EV shift

Sept. 20, 2017 12:14 CET
Germany's VDA industry association and the country's biggest union, IG Metall, urged politicians to help with a shift to EVs and not force a phasing out of the combustion engine.

 
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