Slow sales of the Opel Astra compact car could idle 1,000 workers, warns a European labor official. General Motors Corp. is contemplating a shift reduction at one of its three Adam Opel AG plants, says Rainer Einenkel, works council chief at Opel. The auto maker’s Astra is assembled at Bochum, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; and Ellesmere Port, U.K. A spokesman for the auto maker denies there are any shift reduction plans. Opel announced last year that it would slice 9,500 jobs from its ...

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