Segula employees want to work for Opel again

Opel partner Segula now wants to cut numerous jobs after an unexpectedly significant increase in jobs. Meanwhile, a number of employees are complaining about a return to the brand with the lightning bolt.

Controversial: The sale of parts of Opel's development center to the retailer Segula has long been fought by works councils, and some employees have sued the transfer of operations

Vor less than a year ago, around 700 former employees from Opel in Rüsselsheim switched to the service provider Segula, and now around 30 of them want to go back to the car manufacturer. In any case, this follows from complaints before the Darmstadt Labor Court. As the director of the labor court of the FAZ confirmed, 28 lawsuits with the relevant concerns were received in September. Opel had sold parts of its development center in Rüsselsheim to Segula.

In mid-August, Segula managing director Martin Lange surprisingly announced via a video message on Youtube that the strategic Opel partner was lacking work for around 300 employees. The short-time work that has been running since April will not be enough to compensate for this deficiency.

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Therefore Segula wants to cut a number of jobs. But that is not that easy, because the employees enjoy protection against redundancies for operational reasons until August 2023. At the end of last year, Segula had announced even more new hires than previously planned – and, according to Lange, also hired 150 colleagues.

Transfer of business not contradicted

The 30 or so plaintiffs did not object to the transfer of operations announced by Opel. Unlike almost two dozen colleagues who were then given notice. 17 of them again successfully fought against the dismissal before the Darmstadt Labor Court. The cases are now pending at the regional labor court, before which Opel appealed.

In November, a lawsuit had already been filed in Darmstadt for continued employment at Opel. It was justified by the fact that there was no transfer of business because there was no transferable operational unit. Second, the transfer to Segula is ineffective because the Opel works council had not previously been properly involved.

That lawsuit has been dismissed, it is said. Another procedure of this kind was accordingly entered in Chamber 9 at the beginning of 2020; it is currently dormant. The hearing of the 28 lawsuits is scheduled for November 5th.