October 3, 2017 / 10:02 PM / in a year

Thyssenkrupp to protect labor representation in Tata deal: Bild

Thyssenkrupp's logo is seen close to the elevator test tower in Rottweil, Germany, September 25, 2017. The 246 metre construction will test innovative elevator technology. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp (TKAG.DE) will guarantee that workers will be equally represented following the planned merger of its European steel operations with Tata Steel’s (TISC.NS), its chief executive told a German newspaper.

“German steelworkers will keep their co-determination just the way it is today,” Heinrich Hiesinger told Bild.

Thyssenkrupp and India’s Tata Steel last month agreed to merge their European steel operations, creating the continent’s No.2 steelmaker with revenues of 15 billion euros ($17.62 billion).

Co-determination in the coal and steel industries ensures equal numbers of labor and capital representatives on a company’s supervisory boards and is seen as key to win over workers that fiercely oppose the deal.

Hiesinger confirmed that job cuts in Germany would not exceed 2,000 if the joint venture goes ahead, but could not rule out further job reductions, saying it was unclear what would happen “in five or ten years”.

Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Ken Ferris

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