Opel’s Union Okay Employee Transfers at German Tech Center

March 22, 2019 at 12:22 AM

The works council representing employees at PSA Group’s Opel engineering center in Russelsheim, Germany, has agreed to allow 2,000 people there to transfer to a French engineering company.

PSA has been shrinking the facility’s staff after it acquired Opel from General Motors Co. in 2017 and began engineering Opel vehicles to ride on PSA platforms. The downsized facility will continue to support design and engineering for future Opel/Vauxhall models, and PSA light commercial truck and engine development.

The new reduction plan will offer all 6,400 employees at the Russelsheim center severance or early retirement packages. Of those who decline, as many as 2,000 will be offered jobs with privately held Segula Technologies Group. Segula, which already does business with Opel, has six offices in Germany.