Auto Workers Issues
By Jerry White and Shannon Jones, 12 June 2013
Behind the rising profits of US automakers is a staggering decline in labor costs.
By Clara Weiss, 10 June 2013
German trade unions are actively involved in providing Mercedes-Benz with low-paid workers from temporary work agencies.
By Markus Salzmann, 8 June 2013
In the next five years, 75,000 jobs are to be eliminated at car parts suppliers in western Europe.
By Nick Beams—SEP Senate candidate for NSW, 7 June 2013
The market is not some “natural” form of socio-economic organisation, but the means by which finance capital exercises its dictatorship over the working class
By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 6 June 2013
Teresa Pickard, a 42-year-old Sewon auto parts worker, died May 29 after working on a weld line in the LaGrange plant.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 June 2013
As with the 2011 “transition” package for sacked Bluescope steel workers, the beneficiaries will be the unions, selected local businesses and private employment network providers.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 May 2013
Ford’s plan to close its Australian plants by 2016 is part of a vast restructuring of the international auto industry that is devastating the jobs, wages and conditions of car workers around the world.
By Marianne Arens, 25 May 2013
In the course of campaigning for ballot status for the September general election, reporters interviewed workers in Rüsselsheim for the World Socialist Web Site.
By Dietmar Henning, 24 May 2013
The chairman of the works council at the GM-Opel factory in Bochum called a meeting at the plant gate which halted production for several hours following the recent confirmation by management that it planned to close the plant.
By Shannon Jones, 23 May 2013
The United Auto Workers is seeking billions of dollars for its holdings in Chrysler Corporation as Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne prepares for a merger of the two automakers.
By our correspondents, 11 May 2013
GM Opel workers are incensed over the betrayal carried out by the IG Metall trade union.
By Anthony Torres, 7 May 2013
On Monday, auto maker PSA’s central works council authorized a redundancy scheme to close PSA’s plant at Aulnay, near Paris.
By Jerry White, 2 May 2013
United Auto Workers President Bob King called on workers at General Motors’ Opel factory in Bochum, Germany to vote again on a concessions-laden contract.
By Jerry White, 2 May 2013
In August 2010, workers at General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, Indiana rebelled against the efforts of the United Auto Workers to push through a 50 percent wage cut to entice a new owner to buy the plant, which was being shuttered by GM. With the support of the World Socialist Web Site , workers organized a rank-and-file committee independent of the UAW to oppose the wage cut and threatened factory closure.
By Ulrich Rippert, 27 April 2013
The Maoist “Marxist–Leninist Party of Germany” (MLPD) has leapt to the side of the union bureaucracy to prevent a rebellion against the IG Metall trade union.
By Shannon Jones, 25 April 2013
Alex Wassell returned to work last week after more than one month off the job.
By Ulrich Rippert, 20 April 2013
The supervisory board of GM-Opel officially decided on Wednesday to close its plant in Bochum.
By Dietmar Henning, 19 April 2013
The closure of Opel’s factory in Bochum is central to GM’s strategy and a prelude to a fundamental restructuring of its European operations.
By Carl Bronski, 15 April 2013
Chrysler Canada is targeting older, ill and injured workers and “the CAW is turning a blind eye to the discrimination and harassment,” explains a Windsor, Ontario Chrysler worker in a letter to the WSWS.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 April 2013
Victimized workers from the Maruti Suzuki car assembly plant at Manesar, Haryana continue to mount protests against their arbitrary dismissal and the jailing of almost 150 workers on grave, trumped-up criminal charges.
By Shannon Jones, 11 April 2013
GM is seeking to eliminate skilled and high seniority workers in order to slash costs.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 April 2013
Low wages are no longer low enough and auto companies are increasingly moving production to North Africa.
By James Cogan, 9 April 2013
The sackings will take the number of job losses in the Australian car industry to close to 2,000 in the past 12 months alone.
One month after victimization of Alex Wassell
By Shannon Jones, 5 April 2013
Auto workers should place no confidence in the UAW to fight for the reinstatement of the 20-year veteran Chrysler Warren Stamping worker.
By Dietmar Henning, 30 March 2013
The executive of the IG Metall trade union unanimously voted in Frankfurt-Main in favor of the so-called “Opel Master Contract”, sealing the closure of the GM-Opel factory in Bochum.
By Vicky Short, 29 March 2013
Sacked Delphi workers in Cadiz clashed with trade union officials during an official celebration called by the Socialist Party-Communist Party regional government.
By Shannon Jones, 28 March 2013
Skilled trades worker Alex Wassell was fired for opposing the Alternative Work Schedule, recently implemented at the plant.
By Bryan Dyne, 27 March 2013
A 42-year-old auto parts worker at Mollertech LLC in Shelby Township, Michigan was crushed to death last Thursday when a five-ton die fell on him.
By Dietmar Henning, 23 March 2013
At two staff meetings on Thursday, workers at the Opel plant in Bochum voted by a large majority (76.1 percent) against the so-called “master contract”.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 21 March 2013
On Monday, the unions voted to accept the closure the PSA Peugeot-Citroën factory at Aulnay, cutting 3,000 jobs directly and 11,214 jobs throughout France.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 20 March 2013
Thirteen of the jailed Maruti Suzuki workers have filed affidavits in court accusing Haryana state police and senior management personnel of colluding in their torture and threatening to kill them.
At mass meeting in Rüsselsheim
By our correspondent, 20 March 2013
Workers spoke of an atmosphere of intimidation at recent IG Metall meetings to discuss the future of GM-Opel.
By Jerry White, 19 March 2013
Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager is considering a “managed bankruptcy” to slash jobs, wages and pensions.
By Marianne Arens, 19 March 2013
Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone is responding to the declining European tyre market by cutting jobs in southern Italy.
By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2013
Chrysler has fired a skilled trade worker at the Warren Stamping plant north of Detroit for involvement in a protest against the widely despised Alternative Work Schedule.
By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2013
Chrysler workers in the Detroit area are speaking out against the victimization of Warren Stamping skilled trades worker Alex Wassell.
Statement by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany (PSG) and the editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site
15 March 2013
The agreement reached between GM-Opel management, IG Metall and the joint works council is aimed at pitting workers at different plants against each other and carrying out the closure of the Bochum factory.
By Pierre Mabut, 14 March 2013
Some 100 PSA Citroën car workers from the Aulnay plant near Paris occupied the Engineering Employers Federation’s Paris offices to protest plans to close their plant.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 March 2013
Unions at Renault approved a cost-cutting plan allowing the carmaker to cut jobs, lengthen working hours and freeze wages in factories across France.
By Shannon Jones, 7 March 2013
The victimization of Alex Wassell is an attempt by Chrysler management to intimidate opposition to the new Alternative Work Schedule.
By Arun Kumar and Jai Sharma, 2 March 2013
Haryana’s Chief Minister has threatened to order further arrests of victimized Maruti Suzuki workers.
By Jerry White, 2 March 2013
With its support for the so-called Alternative Work Schedule, the UAW is overseeing the destruction of basic protections won by autoworkers 75 years ago.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 March 2013
On Thursday the management of the US construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar announced that it was laying off 1,400 workers at its plant in Gosselies, Belgium.
By Dietmar Henning, 1 March 2013
In the next week, the IG Metall, the works council and management at Opel want to seal the final closure of the Bochum Opel plant. Opel workers must not let this happen.
By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel, 27 February 2013
In a letter pledging to exploit underpaid Asian workers, the CEO of Titan denounced workers at Goodyear’s embattled plant in Amiens-Nord, France.
By Ulrich Rippert, 26 February 2013
The following statement from the Socialist Equality Party (PSG) in Germany is being distributed to auto workers at the GM-Opel plant in Bochum who are facing the shutdown of their factory.
By Christoph Dreier, 19 February 2013
The Socialist Alternative group is aiding IG Metall by attempting to sow illusions that the union can be transformed into a fighting organisation.
By Arun Kumar, 19 February 2013
Thousands of workers participated in an “All-India Protest Day” to voice their support for victimized workers at Maruti Suzuki India’s car assembly plant in Manesar, Haryana.
By Markus Salzmann, 16 February 2013
Major auto companies have moved their production to Eastern Europe in order to profit from low wages and poor working conditions.
By Dietmar Henning, 14 February 2013
In response to spontaneous walkouts by the workers, the unions intensified their cooperation with Ford.
By Carl Bronski, 13 February 2013
The Canadian Auto Workers union has pressured workers at the CAMI-GM assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to reopen their contract so as to impose further concessions.
By Richard Duckworth, 8 February 2013
The announcement comes less than six months after British politicians, business circles and the media praised Honda to the skies and declared that Britain had “won the global car war”.
By Philipp Frisch, 4 February 2013
IG Metall union functionaries are betraying workers for the sake of their own advancement on Opel’s management board.
By Jerry White, 2 February 2013
The multi-billion-dollar profits announced by Chrysler and Ford are primarily the result of a reduction in labor costs and the heightening of the exploitation of auto workers.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 2 February 2013
Victimized Maruti Suzuki India workers staged a rally last Sunday to demand their reinstatement and the immediate release of 150 workers who have been jailed on frame-up charges.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 January 2013
The CGT and other unions are negotiating with PSA and Peugeot-Citroen on arrangements for plant closures and new competitiveness deals.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Pierre Mabut, 29 January 2013
Striking workers from the PSA car factory in Aulnay near Paris—which have been occupying the plant slated to be shut in 2014—joined workers at the Renault plant in Flins that is also threatened with closure
By Arun Kumar, 28 January 2013
Over one thousand workers at Hero MotoCorp’s (HMCL) Gurgaon and Dharuhera plants in the northern Indian state of Haryana carried out a “go-slow” job action on January 23.
By Shannon Jones, 26 January 2013
Workers at the Chrysler Dundee Engine Plant continue to face forced overtime after narrowly ratifying a sellout local contact.
By Dietmar Henning, 25 January 2013
A “solidarity evening” in Bochum, organised by the German Left Party, was aimed at covering up the role of the trade unions in the closure of the city’s GM-Opel auto plant.
By Jerry White, 23 January 2013
Thousands of auto workers in Brazil carried out a 24-hour strike Tuesday at General Motors’ São José dos Campos plant, 50 miles northeast of Sao Paulo.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 January 2013
On Tuesday French carmaker Renault announced large-scale job and pay cuts, as the auto industry slashes production.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 10 January 2013
Police have arrested another Maruti Suzuki worker in India, bringing the total number of framed-up and jailed auto workers to 150.
By Pierre Mabut, 7 January 2013
Auto job cuts in 2013 threaten the 10 percent of France’s workforce employed, directly or indirectly, in the industry.
By Dietmar Henning, 4 January 2013
The Left Party has offered its services to assist in stifling any opposition by workers to the closure of the Opel plant in Bochum.
By Dietmar Henning, 19 December 2012
The Left Party has sprung into action to divert workers’ opposition into a dead end and provide support to the IG Metall trade union.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2012
Reporting teams interviewed workers at two auto plants on the significance of the reactionary legislation passing in Michigan.
By Arun Kumar, 15 December 2012
The convention and march underscores growing militancy among auto workers in India who want to fight the slave labour conditions they are subjected to.
By Dietmar Henning, 12 December 2012
GM-Opel has announced the closure of the plant in Bochum, Germany, by 2016.
By Jerry White, 5 December 2012
The United Auto Workers union in the United States has issued a letter of protest against the firing and arrests of workers at a Maruti Suzuki India plant.
“The eight-hour day is a thing of the past”
By Jerry White, 30 November 2012
In an effort to pump ever-greater productivity and profits out of auto workers, Chrysler is implementing a so-called Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) at its stamping, assembly and parts plants throughout the country.
By Arun Kumar, 14 November 2012
Victimized workers from Maruti-Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a series of protests last week to demand their reinstatement and to fight for the release of 149 workers who have been beaten and tortured while in police custody.
By our reporters, 13 November 2012
The closure will throw 4,600 workers at the factory and more than 5,000 employees in related industries out of work.
By Arun Kumar, 13 November 2012
In an interview with the World Socialist Web Site, one of the lawyers who represents the 149 jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers described how many of them have been brutally tortured by police.
By Dietmar Henning, 5 November 2012
Works councils and the IG Metall trade union have deceived car workers about the closure of Opel’s Bochum plant.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 November 2012
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and a team of supporters spoke to Chrysler workers at a campaign rally Friday afternoon.
By Alex Lantier, 30 October 2012
As European automakers and trade unions prepare job and wage cuts, the NPA is advancing justifications for their reactionary policies.
By Dietmar Henning, 27 October 2012
Ford Europe announced the closure of three factories this week, threatening the jobs of tens of thousands of auto workers.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 27 October 2012
On Thursday the French government announced a €5 to 7 billion bailout of carmaker PSA Peugeot-Citroën.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president
25 October 2012
The following statement addressed to auto workers was issued by Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 23 October 2012
Indian authorities have tortured militant Maruti Suzuki workers who were jailed as part of a corporate-government conspiracy to convict them on murder charges.
By Dietmar Henning, 20 October 2012
Following a slump in European sales GM subsidiaries in Germany and Britain face further cuts and plant closures.
By Dietmar Henning, 15 October 2012
The IG Metall union and works council at BMW have agreed to flexible working on an unprecedented scale.
By Michael Regens, 13 October 2012
Iveco workers face the same problem as workers throughout Germany and internationally: the corporatist collusion between unions and management to suppress any serious struggle to defend jobs.
By Shannon Jones, 6 October 2012
The United Auto Workers reports that members of Local 723 at the Chrysler Dundee, Michigan Engine Plant have ratified the same local contract agreement they rejected in August.
By Dietmar Henning, 28 September 2012
The effects of the global economic crisis are now being felt by leading top-end German auto manufacturers such as Daimler and Porsche, with their respective workforces expected to pay the price for declining profits.
By Shannon Jones, 26 September 2012
The UAW will hold a revote on the local contract agreement overwhelmingly voted down last month by workers at Chrysler’s Dundee Engine Plant.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 September 2012
PSA workers oppose management plans, backed by the government and the union bureaucracy, for job cuts and the closure of the Aulnay plant.
By Carl Bronski, 25 September 2012
After Ford’s campaign of plant closing and mass layoff threats, in partnership with the Canadian government and the Canadian Auto Workers union, CAW members in Ontario voted to ratify a concessions-laden contract.
By Trevor Johnson, 25 September 2012
Britain’s trade unions have enabled significant cuts to car workers’ pay at the same time as enormous hikes in productivity.
By Shannon Jones, 25 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White travelled to Windsor, Ontario Sunday with a campaign team to speak to Ford Canada workers voting on the concessions-laden contract negotiated by the Canadian Auto Workers. The four-year agreement accepted all of the major take-away demands of the auto companies including an expanded two-tier wage structure, cuts to pension, the elimination of cost of living allowances and a freeze on wages.
Oppose the Ford “pattern” of two-tier wages and concessions:
By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 22 September 2012
Workers at the Canadian operations of the Detroit Three should reject the sell-out contracts that the CAW has reached with Ford and GM, launch strike action and fight for the industrial and political mobilization of auto workers across North America.
By Dietmar Henning, 20 September 2012
It is now virtually certain that Opel and Vauxhall workers will face the same sort of shock therapy administered to GM workers in the US.
By Carl Bronski, 19 September 2012
The tentative agreement the Canadian Auto Workers has reached with Ford locks in all the cuts agreed to in 2009 and contains major new concessions.
By Pierre Mabut, 15 September 2012
The Socialist Party government accepted a report backing PSA’s plans for mass layoffs and factory closures.
By Carl Bronski, 14 September 2012
The Canadian Auto Workers union has agreed to a major expansion of two-tier wages and other concessions in ongoing contract negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers.
By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2012
In the wake of the vote by Chrysler Dundee Engine Plant workers to reject their local contract in Michigan the United Auto Workers called off a scheduled local contract vote at the Jeep complex in Toledo, Ohio.
By Carl Bronski, 12 September 2012
Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler are standing firm in their demand for sweeping contract concessions—including permanent two-tier wages and the scrapping of a defined pension benefits plan—from their more 20,000 Canadian workers.
By Shannon Jones, 3 September 2012
The stand taken by Chrysler Dundee Engine Plant workers, who overwhelmingly rejected a local contract last month, is winning broad support.
By Barry Grey, 27 August 2012
The Dundee workers’ rejection of a sellout UAW local contract is part of a growing national and international movement of workers against the old trade union organizations.