GM Europe has returned fire against swingeing union criticism levelled at its parent company’s information concerning the proposed alliance with PSA Peugeot Citroen.

A meeting organised by the European Metalworkers’ Federation in Brussels yesterday (18 April) lambasted communication from Detroit and Paris as “abysmal,” with Works Councils pledging to set up a parallel steering committee to that announced by management.

However, GM Europe has countered the claims, maintaining it has meetings with Works Councils “all the time” insisting the discussions cover a wide range of topics.

“Very clearly, for sure, we will inform our employees and employee representatives of any important developments,” a GM Europe spokesman told just-auto from Russelsheim. “Quite formally, we have started to work together between the two companies.

“For example, on the product development side we want to co-operate in at least four specific segments. What we need to do is compare processes and make sure we get aligned. All that is essentially something we need to complete and as soon as we have results or are at a point where we want to communicate, we absolutely will do.”

The GM Europe spokesman emphasised the alliance was between PSA and GM, not between Opel/Vauxhall and PSA.

“There might be elements of the alliance that don’t impact Opel/Vauxhall,” he said. “Therefore that is not for us to communicate to our employees’ representatives anyway.”