Michael Lohscheller has not been presented, Thursday, July 5 in the morning, before the employees of Opel meeting in Rüsselsheim. The CEO of the brand to the lightning declined the invitation of the Betriebsrat, the board representation of employees of the company, to come and explain about the future of the research and development centre of the group. On Tuesday, The World had revealed that the PSA group was looking for a buyer for a large part of the activities of the R&D center, one of the most traditional of Opel, as the engineering of propulsion. The information has sparked a wave of emotion in Germany.
“Mr. Lohscheller did not come. He had not wanted to submit to questions from employees. The staff was very poorly made. More person, among employees today, has confidence in management, ” explains Wolfgang Schäfer-Klug, chairman of the Betriebsrat. Contacted, a spokesman for Opel said that because of the statement released Wednesday by the group, Mr. Lohscheller has not considered it necessary to provide further clarification. This press release explains, “that no decision has yet been made” regarding the future of the centre of R&D, but that, ” in the context of the strong decrease of the workload of General Motors in Rüsselsheim, strategic partnerships [were] judged “.
The management did not tell the truth
The group ensures that ” all future models of the Opel will be developed in Rüsselsheim “. The “partnerships,” stated the group, had been mentioned as a possible option at the time of conclusion of the agreement of a recovery, by the end of 2017.
Not to reassure employees on Thursday morning. “They had actually mentioned these partnerships,” says Mr. Schäfer-Klug, but this has never been discussed with the Betriebsrat or the union. We have always said that we were opposed to a sale of the center of R&D. ” More serious in the eyes of employees and…