Employees at General Motors’ German subsidiary, Adam Opel AG, can wave a sigh of relief, as their labor representation (union) has reached an agreement with Opel management that there will be no more operations-related layoffs until fiscal year 2018 in any of Opel’s German plants.
The deal was reached because GM reportedly plans to sell right-hand drive Opel (and perhaps even Buick) models badged as Holden vehicles in Australia, according to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing a source from the German labor union. Remember, GM has decided to pull manufacturing out of Australia in just a few years time. Additionally, Opel also attempted to sell as a brand in Australia, not lasting eleven months. Though previous rumors have also circulated that the Opel Astra may come back to Australia as a Holden model.
Holden corporate communications manager Sean Poppitt declined to GoAuto any confirmation to the report. “We can’t comment on Opel’s situation, that’s a question for them,” he said. “We also won’t comment on any future product plans for Holden except to say we have very exciting vehicles in the pipeline.”