GM Working to Save Antwerp Plant
Opel and Vauxhall interim boss Nick Reilly said in a statement that General Motors is looking at ways to reduce uncertainty when talking about various Opel plants.
"In order to unveil our proposals in about three weeks, we must conclude the consultation phase as quickly as possible, reducing uncertainty about the future direction of the company. We have agreed to set up a working group in the future of our Antwerp facility in Belgium," he said.
The uncertainty he was talking about was exactly the subject of a statement belonging to the head of the regional Flanders government, Kris Peeters, who urged General Motors to put things straight and make a decision as soon as possible.
"I am not very happy at all that there is a confusion of information, no clarification, and always say something negative about Antwerp. I don't like it at all," he said a few days ago.
However, in case GM decides to close the doors of the factory, it might have to face the anger of local workers who repeatedly emphasized that they won't accept a potential closure.
"We will never accept the closure of a production center, nor lay-offs without a social plan," Belgian trade union official Walter Cnop told the protesters in September when Magna was believed to close the factory. "Production must be shared out fairly," he added.