More Rumors: GM to Cut 8,300 Opel Jobs, Close Antwerp
A decision is yet to be made but Opel's employees in Belgium made it clear that they won't accept plant closures.
Similar rumors regarding a potential closure of the Belgian plant also circulated a few months ago when it was believed that Magna International, the Canadian - Austrian entity seen as favorite to buy Opel, intended to close the factory. Workers at the Antwerp plant protested against Magna's plans and emphasized that reorganization cuts should come in the same amount all over Europe.
"We will never accept the closure of a production centre, nor lay-offs without a social plan," Belgian trade union official Walter Cnop told the protesters in September. "Production must be shared out fairly," he added.
The uncertainty surrounding the Belgian plant also angered local officials who demanded General Motors to put things straight in this matter.
"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," the head of the regional Flanders government, Kris Peeters, was quoted as saying by Reuters back in November.