Labour bosses at Germany`s Thyssenkrupp
The two firms agreed last month to merge their European steel operations to create the continent`s second-biggest steelmaker after ArcelorMittal
Unions at Thyssenkrupp have opposed the deal and are concerned more steel jobs may go in the long term in addition to as many as 4,000 job losses already announced as part of the merger.
In a statement published late on Thursday, the German group`s works council welcomed a pledge by chief executive Heinrich Hiesinger to stand by workers` so-called co-determination rights but were sceptical about how this would play out under the joint venture`s future holding structure.
Co-determination in the coal and steel industries gives equal numbers of labour and capital representatives on company supervisory boards and is seen as key to winning over workers.
"What worries us is that through the planned move of the holding (company) of a potential joint venture to the Netherlands, existing co-determination structures in the group will be undermined," labour leaders said.
"The strategic decisions that are taken in such a holding (company) would in this case be largely removed from the legitimate exertion of influence by labour representatives, staff leaders and unions," they said, adding that preserving co-determination in a future venture with Tata would be their "fervent wish."
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