Opel chief Karl-Friedrich Stracke was asked to tell his workers unambiguously whether the Opel plant in Bochum will be closed or remain open. Today, Stracke met with workers in Bochum. He told them that no decision has been made – yet.
The meeting took place after state premier Hannelore Kraft had called on Stracke “to make a clear statement on his plans,” says Reuters. Pressured by Detroit to stem the bloodletting of Opel, and pressured by Northrhine-Westfalia’s highly popular premier, Stracke took the easy way out.
He said that he would stick to the contracts that forbid plant closures or firing through 2014. However, “in the long term, the company has to be put on a solid footing,” Die Welt paraphrased Stracke.
Ever since GM decided to move future Astra production the Ellesmere Port, the Bochum plant is said to be the first GM will close once it can. Maybe workers will receive an answer on June 28. This is when Stracke will present a business-plan to Opel’s supervisory board.