Auto Workers Issues
By Ulrich Rippert, 17 April 2015
A public attack by Volkswagen chief executive Ferdinand Piëch on the chairman of the board has provoked a leadership crisis at Europe’s largest auto company.
By our reporting team, 17 April 2015
Supporters of the SEP and the IYSSE campaigned at the Fiat-Chrysler Warren Truck plant outside Detroit, urging workers to take part in the International May Day 2015 Online Rally.
By Jerry White, 11 April 2015
At last month’s UAW bargaining convention, a group of self-styled “dissidents” worked to bolster illusions that the UAW is a viable organization that can be reformed through pressure from below.
By Jan Peters, 4 April 2015
Western economic sanctions against Russia are having an effect, and workers in the Russian and European car industries are paying the price.
By Shannon Jones, 2 April 2015
The CEOs of the three major US-based car companies have announced huge pay packages for top officials in advance of contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers.
By Jerry White, 30 March 2015
In a March 25 press conference following the United Auto Workers bargaining convention in Detroit, UAW President Dennis Williams said he was willing to consider the creation of a new, third tier of workers.
At bargaining convention in Detroit
By Jerry White, 26 March 2015
Facing demands from workers for a significant improvement of wages, the UAW reasserted its commitment to maintaining the competitiveness and profitability of the US automakers.
By Jerry White, 25 March 2015
The first day of the UAW bargaining convention underscored the organization’s role as a tool of the auto companies and the Obama administration.
As United Auto Workers bargaining convention opens
By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2015
With GM, Ford and Chrysler raking in an estimated $76 billion since 2009, auto workers are determined to win improvements in the upcoming auto contract talks.
By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2015
The UAW has indicated that it could endorse share buy-backs, enriching billionaire shareholders at the expense of workers.
By Jerry White, 6 February 2015
The profit-sharing checks being passed out by the Detroit automakers are a pittance compared to what auto workers have lost through wage and benefit cuts.
By Carl Bronski, 24 January 2015
The automaker has remained silent on its plans for continued production in Canada beyond 2017.
By Shannon Jones, 23 January 2015
In remarks at the Detroit auto show last week, Sergio Marchionne reiterated his demand that the two-tier wage be abolished by phasing out higher-paid workers.
By Jerry White, 9 January 2015
Workers at Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz factories in São Paulo’s industrial belt walked out to protest downsizing in the Brazilian auto industry.
By Jerry White, 22 December 2014
The plant closing, which comes after the UAW accepted a 40 percent wage cut, is the latest in the area, long-known as a major automotive and manufacturing center.
Confronting anger over two-tier wages and low pay
By Shannon Jones, 18 December 2014
UAW President Doug Williams’ remarks reflect the union's awareness of wide hostility among auto workers to the two-tier wage system
By Dietmar Henning, 8 December 2014
The first closure of an auto plant in German postwar history has been facilitated by the IG Metall engineering union.
By Will Morrow, 6 December 2014
The trade unions have been the key accomplices of the companies, along with state and federal governments, in organising the shutdown of the auto industry.
By Stéphane Hugues, 29 November 2014
The Peugeot-Citroën group has laid out plans for a new wave of mass sackings accompanied, as in previous years, by public denials that these are being prepared.
By Tom Eley, 15 November 2014
Assured that the organization will do its bidding, VW is preparing to defy a vote by workers and install the UAW at its Chattanooga plant.
By George Marlowe, 11 November 2014
Fearing angry opposition to layoffs, Ford sent out recorded robocalls to 100 temporary workers informing them that their services were no longer needed.
By Jan Peters, 7 November 2014
Thousands of job cuts are taking place at major assembly plants and in the parts industry.
By Sathish Simon, 22 October 2014
Bosch auto workers have been on strike in Bangalore since September 16, fighting for higher wages and better working conditions.
By Dietmar Henning, 22 October 2014
VW’s works council has presented a 400-page proposal aimed at tripling company profits.
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 September 2014
Although UAW leaders said the deal would end the hated two-tier wage system, 40 percent of the workforce will be reclassified as “subassembly” workers making poverty-level wages.
By Marianne Arens, 12 August 2014
After completing the merger with Chrysler, Fiat has shifted its headquarters from Turin to Amsterdam.
By Carl Bronski, 23 July 2014
The Canadian auto union is lobbying for a massive handout to Fiat-Chrysler and preparing to impose further concessions on auto workers to secure it.
By Gabriel Black, 22 July 2014
By denying victims and their families access to the courts, the company stands to avoid billions of dollars in damages.
By Dietmar Henning, 22 July 2014
The German company plans to implement €5 in annual cost reductions within three years.
By Ben McGrath, 19 July 2014
Renault Samsung workers held a partial strike Monday demanding increased wages and other benefits.
By Gabriel Black, 17 July 2014
Documents obtained by the New York Times show that GM withheld information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about a fatal crash tied to a faulty ignition switch.
By our reporters, 14 July 2014
“They treat people like animals in Detroit,” a worker said. “In here it’s the same; you’re like a robot.”
“GM is alright with safety as long as it doesn’t interfere with sending parts out the door.”
By Jerry White, 3 July 2014
James L. Gibson, a 48-year-old worker for Quaker Chemical, was pronounced dead at Marion General Hospital about an hour after the blast.
By Gabriel Black, 2 July 2014
New documents released by Congress indicate high-ranking GM executives knew as early as 2005 about an ignition defect tied to fatal crashes.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 1 July 2014
The bail application hearing for the framed-up Maruti Suzuki India workers continues to drag on in the Supreme Court.
By Shannon Jones, 1 July 2014
GM hopes to settle on the cheap its liabilities from a deadly ignition defect tied to numerous fatal crashes.
By Michael Regens, 30 June 2014
In close collaboration with the trade unions, Germany’s third largest automaker is planning major wage cuts and rationalisation measures.
By Dietmar Henning, 23 June 2014
The union-backed contract is the climax of a campaign to carry out the closure of the GM-Opel factory in Bochum.
By Shannon Jones, 20 June 2014
A US House of Representatives panel investigating the recent GM recall failed to ask CEO Mary Barra or attorney Anton Valukas any serious or penetrating questions
By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2014
The same day as the event, the German metalworkers’ union signed a deal with GM-Opel sealing the fate of thousands of workers losing their jobs at the company’s Bochum plant.
By our correspondent, 18 June 2014
The move points to an accelerating shut down of the automotive industry in the country, orchestrated by governments, corporations and the unions.
By Dietmar Henning, 16 June 2014
The measures agreed in Cologne will bring the company total savings of $400 million (€295 million) over five years.
By Shannon Jones, 14 June 2014
The report commissioned by General Motors into the recall of vehicles with a deadly ignition defect paints a devastating picture of corporate indifference to public health and safety.
By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2014
Family members denounced the recent report commissioned by GM as a cover-up designed to shield top officials.
By Jerry White, 9 June 2014
In every respect, the auto union convention exhibited the antidemocratic and anti-working class character of the organization.
By Shannon Jones, 5 June 2014
The election of Dennis Williams, UAW secretary treasurer and hand picked successor of outgoing UAW President Bob King, was little more than a formality.
By Dietmar Henning, 5 June 2014
Despite assurances from the IG Metall trade union, only a small number of temporary and low-wage replacement jobs will be offered to the more than 3,000 laid-off workers.
By Jerry White, 3 June 2014
Many of the 1,100 delegates are national, regional or local officials on the UAW payroll, and most are well versed in colluding with the employers to impose speedup and wage and benefit cuts.
By Shannon Jones, 30 May 2014
GM still insists only 13 deaths are tied to ignition defect despite evidence that the actual toll is far higher.
By Arun Kumar and W.A. Sunil, 17 May 2014
The management of Toyota in India has taken new steps to intimidate the auto maker’s unionized workforce at its two plants.
By Shannon Jones, 6 May 2014
The auto company is relying on the Obama administration’s bailout to free it of liability for dozens, if not hundreds, of deaths.
GM safety violations linked to cost-cutting attacks on workers
By Jerry White, 23 April 2014
From 2002 to 2012, GM cut its hourly workforce by 12 percent each year.
By Matthew MacEgan, 23 April 2014
General Motors has filed a suit in federal court to enforce a bar on lawsuits resulting from defective cars sold prior to its bankruptcy in 2009.
By Jerry White, 22 April 2014
GM officials opted to issue “technical service bulletins” to car dealerships instead of removing potentially deadly vehicles from the road.
By Shannon Jones, 19 April 2014
The cars have defective ignitions that have been tied to fatal crashes in which airbags failed to deploy.
By Arun Kumar, Moses Rajkumar and Kranti Kumara, 11 April 2014
Toyota India workers engaged in hunger strike were brutally attacked by state police on April 6.
By Denis Krassnin and Dietmar Henning, 9 April 2014
European automakers are using outsourcing of production to cut jobs and drive down wages and working conditions in western Europe.
By Shannon Jones, 1 April 2014
Both corporate management and government regulators turned a blind eye for years to mounting reports of death and injury caused by a defective ignition system.
By Kranti Kumara, 24 March 2014
Japanese auto company Toyota has locked out its entire unionized workforce at its two plants in India.
By James Cogan, 21 March 2014
The fine agreed by Toyota and the US Justice Department sets a precedent that can be used by General Motors.
By our reporters, 18 March 2014
Speakers outlined the need for the global unity of workers, and a socialist perspective, to fight the worldwide assault by the auto giants.
By Shannon Jones, 17 March 2014
A new study of crash data shows that 303 fatalities may be linked to an ignition problem with several GM models.
By Dietmar Henning, 8 March 2014
Johnson Controls plans to eliminate 220 of 660 jobs in Bochum when the neighbouring GM/Opel plant closes at the end of the year.
By Will Morrow, 8 March 2014
The threat of an imminent plant closure will be used to intimidate workers into accepting deeper attacks on wages and conditions.
Socialist Equality Party public meeting in Melbourne
6 March 2014
Working class suburbs in Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide face being deindustrialised and impoverished like American cities such as Detroit.
By Tom Mackaman, 5 March 2014
Ford’s profit-sharing scheme was billed as the key to social harmony. Yet socialism and the Russian Revolution, coming just four years later, breathed a new spirit into the American class struggle.
By Jerry White, 27 February 2014
The rejection of the United Auto Workers union by workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee has provoked an outpouring of handwringing and despair from liberal and pseudo-left publications.
By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2014
In conditions of growing distrust and anger among workers, All Together is playing a filthy role as apologist and defender of the KCTU, KMWU and other trade unions.
By Dietmar Henning, 24 February 2014
After the closure of Ford plants in Genk, Southampton and Dagenham, now the plant in Cologne is under threat.
By our reporters, 22 February 2014
SEP campaigners met with a warm response from Toyota workers, many of whom bitterly denounced the union for its partnership with the company.
By Ben McGrath, 20 February 2014
GM Korea plans to slash 1,100 jobs from its Gunsan factory, part of an overall assault on auto workers in Korea and internationally.
By Jerry White, 18 February 2014
The vote was a verdict on the UAW, which is correctly seen by workers as a tool of the auto companies.
By Tom Eley and Jerry White, 17 February 2014
The vote at the Chattanooga VW plant is a debacle for the UAW, which had based its survival strategy on being invited into plants by corporations like Volkswagen.
By John Watanabe, 14 February 2014
The restructuring of Toyota’s operations, within Japan and internationally, is aimed at driving down wages and increasing exploitation.
By James Cogan, 13 February 2014
The situation facing car workers in Australia is a devastating historical verdict on all national programs and the profit system itself.
By Patrick O’Connor, 12 February 2014
The previous Labor government presided over the axing of more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs between 2007 and 2013, including in the car industry.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 February 2014
Unless the working class takes up a fight in defence of jobs against the closures, the entire auto industry in Australia will be wiped out.
By Stéphane Hugues, 11 February 2014
PSA is intensifying the exploitation of its work force, relying on speedup and job cuts in Europe while preparing a major production shift towards Asia.
Build rank-and-file committees to defend VW workers
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)
11 February 2014
Workers have no interest in voting for recognition of the UAW, which functions as a pro-company police force in the auto plants.
By James Cogan, 7 February 2014
The unions have moved immediately to suppress any opposition by bitter Ford workers.
By Shannon Jones, 6 February 2014
Lou Renfrow played an important role in the party’s intervention among auto workers in Dayton, Ohio.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 February 2014
Decisive layers within the ruling elite have concluded that most of the industry is “globally uncompetitive” and should be allowed to collapse.
By Will Morrow, 30 January 2014
The government is presenting its insistence that workers vote on Toyota’s cost-cutting demands under the fraudulent guise of giving them the “right” to choose.
By a reporting team, 24 January 2014
Socialist Equality Party supporters interviewed workers at Toyota’s Altona plant in Melbourne about the destruction of jobs and conditions.
By our reporters, 21 January 2014
Workers in the car components sector have been under relentless assault since the 2008 financial crash and global restructuring of the auto industry.
“The government, courts and police are all stacked against us”—spokesman for victimized Maruti Suzuki India workers
By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 21 January 2014
Vicitimized Maruti Suzuki India worker Mahabir Dhimm spoke with the WSWS about the government-company frame-up of 148 of his co-workers and the speed-up and repressive regime at the Manesar assembly plant .
By Philipp Frisch, 20 January 2014
The IG Metall union and the Daimler works council are cooperating with management to increase the proportion of poorly paid employees on a contracted tenure.
By our reporters, 15 January 2014
Ford’s planned shutdown in 2016 will see nearly 1,000 jobs destroyed in Broadmeadows.
By James Cogan, 15 January 2014
A prominent Socialist Alliance member, Tim Gooden, is actively assisting the closure of the Ford plant in Geelong.
—says lawyer for Maruti Suzuki workers facing frame-up murder charges
By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 8 January 2014
The lawyer leading the legal defence of the 148 Maruti Suzuki India workers facing frame-up charges of murder and other grave crimes recently spoke with the WSWS.
By Jerry White, 4 January 2014
The payoff to the UAW is being financed out of the sweat and blood of Chrysler workers, who have been subjected to savage wage cuts and speedup over the last four years.
An on-the-spot report
By Jai Sharma and Arun Kumar, 31 December 2013
Victimized workers from Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a two-day protest in Gurgaon, Haryana earlier this month to denounce the witch hunt that the company, police and Congress Party state government have jointly mounted against them.
By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2013
The contract recently agreed by GM-Opel and German IG Metall union has sealed the fate of the plant in Bochum.
By Zac Hambides, 27 December 2013
The plant closure will destroy the last 1,600 car manufacturing jobs and hit a working-class community already suffering from decades of job shedding.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2013
The primary purpose of the Productivity Commission’s interim report is to endorse the clamour by corporations and media commentators for cuts to wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 20 December 2013
The ending of production in an entire country is a concentrated expression of the ongoing, ruthless restructuring of the global auto industry.
By a WSWS reporting team, 20 December 2013
SEP assistant national secretary James Cogan, addressing workers outside the Elizabeth Plant, called for a unified international struggle to defend jobs, wages and conditions.
By a WSWS reporting team, 19 December 2013
WSWS reporters spoke to workers at the General Motors Holden assembly plant in Elizabeth in South Australia, slated for closure in 2017.
By Kranti Kumara, 19 December 2013
One hundred forty-seven Maruti Suzuki workers who face a long list of frame-up charges, including murder, are to appear for their next court hearing Friday, December 20.
By Margaret Rees, 17 December 2013
The unions used the rally as a platform to offer their services to the government and employers to police further cost-cutting.