European unions are continuing to demand PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors provide them with further clarity on the proposed alliance after learning of the tie-up in the media.

Through the auspices of the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF), several labour bodies from PSA and GM as well as Opel/Vauxhall met in Brussels yesterday (18 April) to request more information on what impact the alliance could have for their members.

“What PSA colleagues reported was they learned about the alliance on the day the press reported it,” EMF PSA GM Opel/Vauxhall policy adviser, Ralf Goetz told just-auto from Brussels. “There are two companies which are facing economic problems – we know that.

“We are looking for the management plan and how this is all developing. There are plans for logisitics and purchasing – this is music that plays in the round. We are going ahead and exploring the framework and general actions with the aim of defending the workplace with a European solution.”

The mooted tie-up comes at a time of great uncertainty in France concerning any future plans by PSA for its Aulnay plant near Paris and which produces the C3 model.

Widespread speculation has hinted at a possible closure in a bid to address over-capacity, with the hardline French union, CGT, claiming a decision could be made once the imminent French Presidential elections have finished.

“Clearly, both companies are currently in a precarious economic situation,” added an EMF statement. “Thousands of jobs, not only in Europe but globally, are at stake.

PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors, which have already confirmed they will cooperate on B and D segment cars as well as a crossover and minivan, could expand their agreement to cover a small car for emerging markets as well as larger vehicles and transmissions.