Peugeot/Citroën: Seitz supports negotiations for the relocation to Rüsselsheim

The French PSA Group bundles its German activities at the headquarters of its subsidiary Opel in Rüsselsheim. This year the German headquarters of the other PSA brands Peugeot, Citroën and DS will be relocated from Cologne to Rüsselsheim. PSA announced that the relocation is to be socially compatible for the approximately 180 office employees. All employees will be offered a secure and future-proof workplace in Rüsselsheim. The conditions will be discussed with the social partners in a timely manner.

The French PSA Group bundles its German activities at the headquarters of its subsidiary Opel in Rüsselsheim. This year the German headquarters of the other PSA brands Peugeot, Citroën and DS will be relocated from Cologne to Rüsselsheim. PSA announced that the relocation is to be socially compatible for the approximately 180 office employees. All employees will be offered a secure and future-proof workplace in Rüsselsheim. The conditions will be discussed with the social partners in a timely manner.
 
Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller sees the bundling in Rüsselsheim as proof of how much Opel has become an integral part of Group PSA: The decision will have no effect on the differentiation of the brands. According to him all four brands will continue to operate independently on the market and address customers individually.
 
Consultants PSA/Opel
Seitz
(Cologne): Dr. Stefan Seitz (Partner Labor Law, Lead); Dr. Maximilian Schmidt, Dr. Piero Sansone, Shirin Imani, Dr. Stephan Pötters
 
Consultants Works Councils Cologne
Küttner
(Cologne): Gerd Schwamborn, Michael Dietzler, Dr. Herbert Hertzfeld, Robert Lungerich
 
Consultants Group Works Council
Apitzsch Schmidt Klebe
(Frankfurt): Wolfgang Apitzsch (Lead), Prof. Dr. Marlene Schmidt, Associate: Luci Crone
 
Background:
 
The law firms from Cologne specialized in labor law, Küttner and Seitz, meet here once again at a short distance. They are currently negotiating the social plans for Kaufhof in the same constellation: Küttner is mandated by the works councils and Seitz by the company. In contrast to law firm Küttner, which regularly advises both sides, employers and works councils, Seitz works exclusively for companies. Schwamborn (Partner Labor Law at Küttner) has been advising the Peugeot works councils in Cologne for many years. Seitz first advised Opel and, after the takeover, PSA as well on reorganisation and restructuring. Opel's group works council is also a regular client at the employee law firm Apitzsch. Law firm Apitzsch also recently negotiated Opel's restructuring concept, known as "Pace", for the group works council. (ChS, with material from dpa)
 
Source: JUVE Rechtsmarkt 07/19
 

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