Opel to hire temporary workers at German plant amid Omicron absences - Wirtschaftswoche

FILE PHOTO: The Opel headquarters are pictured during the TechDay Opel in Ruesselsheim, Germany June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

BERLIN (Reuters) - Opel plans on hiring several hundred temporary workers to help deliver its new Astra model, a spokesperson told German paper Wirtschaftswoche on Thursday, in part to compensate for workers off sick with COVID-19 amid the spread of the Omicron variant.

The carmaker, which is owned by Stellantis and operates three plants in Germany, cut 2,100 positions at the firm between January 2020 and 2022 by allowing contracts to run out and not re-hiring.

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