FRANKFURT -- General Motors and labor representatives will meet at least twice next week to negotiate cost savings that GM says it needs to halt losses in Europe, a union official said Friday.
The sides have not agreed on any specific steps that would address GM's plan to save 500 million euros ($631.6 million) a year by cutting as many as 12,000 jobs in the region, IG Metall metal workers union official Willi Groeber said.
"At the moment the negotiations focus on what the problems are at individual plants," he said, adding that media reports about specific job cuts were speculative.
Workers continue to demand pledges from GM that it will not resort to forced layoffs or plant closings to reach its savings target in Europe, where it has not made a profit since 1999.
GM has refused to make such promises but has said it may be possible to attain its goal without shutting any of its 11 production and assembly plants in Europe.
GM Europe employs 63,000.
Groeber said he did not think a deal would be ready by the time GM's works council, IG Metall district leaders and the management of GM German unit Adam Opel AG hold their annual meeting in early November.
GM has targeted Germany, home of the world's best-paid car workers, for most of its planned job cuts.