Protests in Spain as job cuts loom
21 September 2009

Spanish workers have taken to the streets of Zaragoza to protest at the mooted sale of Opel and Vauxhall to Magna.

If the deal goes ahead, Magna plans to cut around 10,000 jobs across Europe. The Opel plant in Figueruelas, Zaragoza, where 1700 people are employed, is believed to be under particular threat.

The president of the Aragon region of Spain said his government would not accept any decision to close the plant and relocate production.

"We will fight tooth and nail to defend every job at the plant," Marcelino Iglesias said.

Talks between Magna and workers' unions throughout Europe are set to begin this week.

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22 September 2009

Vauxhalls and Bedford Vans should be made in England and Opels in Germany, manufacturing elsewhere should be the first to go.


22 September 2009

[quote wheats]Vauxhalls and Bedford Vans should be made in England and Opels in Germany, manufacturing elsewhere should be the first to go. [/quote]

Bedford as a name, let alone a proper make, died years ago. Vauxhall Commercials produces the Vivaro van at Luton. Opel at least exists still, tracing its name back some 150 years to a sewing machine maker. Where should European Fords be made? Not Spain? Poland? Belgium?

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