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Opel sticks to plan for Spanish plant

DECEMBER 2, 2009 06:01 CET

MADRID (Reuters) -- Opel will stick to plans to maintain production at current levels at its Spanish base, parent company General Motors Co. told union representatives.

"They have put Magna's plans on the table," said Pedro Bona of Opel's European business committee after a meeting on Tuesday with the the manufacturing representative of GM Europe, Reinald Hoben.

Under the plans of spurned suitor Magna International Inc., production at Opel's plant in Zaragoza, Spain, would have been held steady, but 900 jobs would be lost.

Bona said that Spanish union representatives would only accept GM's proposal as part of a Europe-wide agreement across all its production plants.

Zaragoza is Opel's biggest factory. Last year it built 423,011 units of the Corsa subcompact, Meriva minivan and Combo car-derived van.

The plant employs 7,500 people out of Opel's 50,000-strong European workforce.

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