Opel's Works Council is not expecting any forced redundancies, from today's confirmation that 1,800 jobs will be lost at its Bochum plant, ahead of a mass meeting planned on 6 June to discuss the issue.

Around 600 employees have already decided to leave from Opel's 4,600-strong workforce and the works council is optimistic compulsory redundancies will not be needed.

A vote in the works council will take place on 8 June on Opel's proposals, following the mass meeting.

"I feel it is not the worst case we have got, it is OK - maybe 80% of our aims are realised," a source close to the council in Germany told just-auto. "Next week the works council will have to make a decision if this result will be accepted or not.

"On Monday we have a mass meeting and will discuss it with the workforce. The result of this decision will influence the decision [next] Wednesday."

The source revealed the council had just met following the release of the jobs news from Opel. There remains the possibility of forced redundancies but the source insisted "just the possibility."

Opel says transmission production will continue with around 300 employees until the end of 2013 due to high export demands. Originally, gearbox production was to cease at the end of 2011. 

The remaining staff will concentrate on producing the new generation Zafira from this autumn and the previous generation for an undisclosed period.