FRANKFURT (Reuters) - General Motors' German unit Adam Opel AG wants to freeze workers' pay through 2009 and extend the work week to 40 hours from 35 without raising wages, it said on Friday, confirming a report in Germany's Bild newspaper.
The paper said other demands that the carmaker presented to labor in wage talks that started this week included cutting year-end and holiday bonuses and reducing extra pay for working late and weekend shifts.
An Opel spokesman said the details of the report were accurate but declined further comment, saying the company did not want to get into a public debate about the negotiations.
The company's works council declined comment on what the paper called management's "torture list."
The works council said on Wednesday it was seeking job guarantees until at least 2010, while management wanted to lower pay and add working hours for more than 30,000 staff.
The negotiating stances reflect those at other big carmakers in Germany, where employers are seeking tough concessions from workers in order to boost competitiveness at a time of slack demand, pressure on prices and capacity overhang.
The talks are seen as a test of workers' willingness to ease rigid work rules in return for job security in a process that could spur Europe's biggest economy.
Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest carmaker, this week proposed a two-year wage freeze and a shift to more performance-related pay as a step toward cutting its German labor costs by 30 percent in six years.
The IG Metall metalworkers union and VW's works council have insisted on a 4 percent pay rise and 10-year job guarantees in wage talks that start next month.
Last month, DaimlerChrysler wrung 500 million euros ($604 million) in annual cost savings from workers from 2007 in returning for guaranteeing 160,000 jobs in Germany until 2012.