According to a Reuters report, DaimlerChrysler said on Tuesday that it did not anticipate any lost production of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the event of possible industrial action by workers opposed to a planned joint venture with ThyssenKrupp.

“To date there has been no adverse impact on the parts delivery schedule and we do not envisage any production loss in commercial vehicles or passenger car manufacturing plants,” a spokesman for DaimlerChrysler told Reuters.

According to reports yet to be confirmed by the companies themselves, DaimlerChrysler and engineering group ThyssenKrupp plan to form a joint venture to build steering systems. An IG Metall union representative told Reuters that under the plan Thyssen would take a 60 percent stake in the joint venture, with Daimler holding the remaining 40 percent.

The possibility of industrial action by workers opposed to the plan has already emerged.

The joint venture could involve the shifting of some of the activity of Mercedes-Benz Lenkungen GmbH to Schoenebeck near Magdeburg in eastern Germany from its current location at Duesseldorf, the IG Metall union told Reuters.

The Handelsblatt newspaper reports that workers at Lenkungen, might cut two overtime shifts next weekend to protest against the agreement.