Opel restructuring talks drag on

General Motors’ loss-making unit Opel may need between two and three more months to reach a deal with German unions on a restructuring plan that could see thousands of job cuts and the closure of its Bochum factory in 2017, a union spokeswoman said yesterday. Management of Opel and workers had agreed on Friday to extend a previous 26 October deadline for the negotiations which are being conducted on the basis that all four German plants will be protected from closure through 2016.