EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Location of affected unit(s): Rüsselsheim, Eisenach


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles
Number Employed: 9500
Group: PSA

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 19-04-2018
Planned Job Reductions min: 3600
Planned Job Reductions max: 3600
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 19-04-2018
Foreseen End Date: 19-04-2020
Other Job Reduction Measures: 3600

Additional Information

The car manufacturer Opel has announced it will cut approximately 3,600 jobs in Germany within the next 2 years. In Rüsselsheim 2,700 of 7,700 jobs will be cut and in Eisenach 900 of 1,800. This is a shock for most employees as the new French owner PSA had agreed to waive operational terminations until 2020. However, PSA is pressuring Opel to reduce its costs drastically. In December 2017, Opel presented PSA with various job reduction programmes (e.g. early retirement programmes and voluntary compensations), but no agreement was reached. PSA, Opel, the works’ council and the German Metalworkers’ Union are continuing negotiations in order to find a long-term solution.