Bild am Sonntag: PSA pledges to keep Opel's four German sites running

Unite wants to secure guarantees over jobs at the company's two United Kingdom plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton, and McCluskey has said he will use the meeting "to press the case for the UK's world class facilities and workforce".

The plans have sparked fears of job losses in Britain, where Vauxhall employs about 35,000 people, as well as in Germany.

He also said talks on Wednesday with GM CEO Marry Barra and Opel supervisory board Chairman Dan Ammann had been "very constructive", adding the works council and union IG Metall would be closely involved in the detailed assessment of the potential deal.

There are fears the deal, which would turn PSA Group into Europe's second largest vehicle maker, could lead to job losses.

"I am pleased that Carlos Tavares has responded speedily and positively to my request for a meeting to discuss Peugeot's intentions towards our Vauxhall plants", he said. He expressed hope that a combination with France's PSA could form the basis of a better future for Opel.

Two sources close to PSA said on Thursday that job and plant cuts were part of the tie-up talks, with the two Vauxhall sites in Britain in the front line.




Against a background of major overcapacity in Europe's vehicle industry, a report in German newspaper Bild am Sonntag that PSA has pledged to continue operating all four of Opel's German production sites has anxious union officials and politicians in Britain, where Vauxhall is based. Answering a question in the United Kingdom parliament on Monday, he added PSA was not in a position to give guarantees as it was still in talks with GM.

Mr McCluskey, who said he had been given "no assurances" over jobs by the GM boss, is also set to meet PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares next week.

Speaking to Sky News, former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable said Brexit would likely cause "a dimension of uncertainty" in talks between GM and PSA.

Unite boss Len McCluskey plans to meet PSA boss Carlos Tavares on Friday to discuss concerns over United Kingdom jobs at Vauxhall plants in the prospective deal between Peugeot-maker PSA and General Motors.

"We have received a meeting request".

Last year, Japanese carmaker Nissan (7201.T) asked for a pledge of compensation if its United Kingdom plant was hit by Brexit, but went on to invest in two new models after what a source described as a government promise of extra support to counter any loss of competitiveness.

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