FRANKFURT -- Management and the works council at General Motors' Adam Opel AG unit in Germany plan further talks next week on the parent company's job-cut plans following several hours of discussions on Thursday, the council said.
"Such complex negotiations cannot be concluded in one or two rounds," said works council chief Klaus Franz on Thursday. "We have had normal discussions and will talk further next week and in the weeks that follow."
Representatives of Opel staff want to meet with the IG Metall metalworkers union for a briefing on Friday.
GM said last week that it will cut its work force in Europe by roughly a fifth, or by up to 12,000 jobs, over two years in a drive to save 500 million euros ($630.9 million) a year at European operations that last made a profit in 1999.
The German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said in a preview of its Friday edition that GM plans to axe 4,400 jobs at its Ruesselsheim plant and 4,100 jobs at Bochum, in Germany.
The figures could change, the paper said, adding that most of the jobs will go by the end of 2005.
Opel and GM management on Thursday called media reports saying decisions had already been made on restructuring speculation.