Internal restructuring
Ostösterreich; Wien;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.10 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

140 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 April 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2018
Foreseen end date


The car manufacturer Opel announced it will cut ten percent of jobs at its production site in Aspern, Vienna, resulting in the redundancies of 140 people starting summer 2018.

In 2017, Opel and Vauxhall were taken over by the French automotive group Peugeot Société Anonyme (PSA), which evaluated the productivity of all production sites. The site in Vienna will not be affected by closure but expiring contracts have made restructuring necessary, according to the company. Between December 2017 and March 2018, the company already resorted to short-time work schemes (Kurzarbeit) for parts of the workforce. PSA assigned new orders to Vienna but the works council emphasises that more orders will be necessary to save the site in the long-run.

Trade unions and managment have been negotiating a social plan for affected employees. All young, skilled workers and apprentices are guarenteed to keep their positions.

Open employs approximately 1,400 people at the site in Aspern, Vienna. In total, Open has a workforce of approximately 19,000 workers across Germany. 


  • 5 April 2018: Die Presse
  • 5 April 2018: orf online


Eurofound (2018), Opel, Internal restructuring in Austria, factsheet number 93758, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93758.