BERLIN -- German Economy Minister Wolfgang Clement said on Monday he had been in contact with Opel AG's parent company General Motors over its plans to eliminate jobs in Germany.
"We have had such contacts," Clement said when asked if he had discussed the cuts with GM. Clement had urged workers who walked off the job last week at an Opel factory in Bochum to return to the assembly lines and negotiate at the table.
GM plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs throughout Europe, the lion's share at its German unit Opel, in order to halt losses in Europe where it hasn't made a profit since 1999.
Rogue employees at the Opel plant in Bochum staged wildcat strikes that lasted for several days.