INGOLSTADT (dpa-AFX) - Following the announced job cuts in Continental 's struggling automotive supplier division, IG Metall and the works council of Conti Temic in Ingolstadt have expressed their anger at the company's information policy. Union secretary Nick Heindl said on Thursday: "After today's employee meeting, there is massive uncertainty instead of clarity." At the moment, there are no negotiations between the employer and the General Works Council on how to proceed.

Continental wants to cut 7150 jobs worldwide, including 1750 jobs in research and development. In Ingolstadt, around 1800 employees develop driver assistance systems and build cameras and radar systems for them. When asked by the workforce, the site management did not provide any specific information on the effects of the plans in Ingolstadt, said Heindl. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Conti Temic. The Works Council and IG Metall are not opposed to improving efficiency as long as it is not at the expense of the workforce, said Heindl.

Continental wants to reduce the unusually high share of research and development expenditure in the division's turnover from 12 to 9 percent and cut annual administrative costs by 400 million euros. Carmen Loffler, head of the works council at Conti Temic Microelectronic in Ingolstadt, demanded that the company develop a viable concept for the site together with the works council./rol/DP/men