PSA is reportedly aiming for 3,700 staff cuts by 2020 in Germany as it looks to make Opel plants more efficient and turn Opel/Vauxhall's loss-making operations around.

Reuters reported that buyouts and early retirement have already resulted in a reduction of about 2,000 jobs. It cited remarks by Opel's works council chief Wolfgang Schaefer-Klug. According to Reuters he also said that a further 2,000 people will 'accept packages'.

Schaefer-Klug also told a press conference that the scale of the take-up for voluntary packages means that "it is now a question of whether we have enough staff to manage the current workload," Reuters reported.

"What is missing is a clear vision for the way forward at Opel in terms of utilised production capacity and job guarantees beyond 2020," he reportedly said.

Some Opel plants in Germany cost twice as much to run as PSA Group's other factories, Opel's chief executive has reportedly told employees. Opel's German sites have so far been excluded from PSA's investment plans.

See also: Opel CEO tells workers plants too expensive to run

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