Opel unions have spoken out against Chinese manufacturer BAIC, which has lodged a £570 million bid for Opel/Vauxhall.
Union leaders claim BAIC is not interested in the long-term future and survival of the car maker and expressed doubts over its promise to keep European factories open.
Klaus Franz, Opel's top union official, said BAIC was only interested in gaining Opel/Vauxhall technology to apply to cars in the booming Chinese market. He added “BAIC has no experience in the global auto industry.”
Rainer Einenkel, union leader at Opel's Bochum factory in Germany, doubted whether BAIC would keep European factories open. He said: “I have a lot of concerns and scepticism about BAIC because I cannot assess its intentions. The situation perplexes us.”
BAIC plans to idle production at Opel’s Eisenach factory in Germany and the plant’s union boss Harald Lieske feels the move would ruin productivity at the plant, where a complete car can be assembled in 14 hours.