The negotiating partners grant each other access to confidential documents to the extent permitted between competitors. In addition internal and external experts exchange information on specific topics. The process also involves mutual plant visits.
In parallel with the due diligence, the first concrete contract negotiations will take place with Tata. At the same time there have been discussions in the working group with the employee representatives.
A working group with the employee representatives also agreed on a joint negotiation result on December 21, 2017. IG Metall announced on February 5, 2018 that its members at all sites had voted in favor of this result. The collective agreement will now be signed and come into force with the closing, i.e. at the start of the joint venture.