Auto Workers Issues
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.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 December 2013
The company is threatening to end production in Australia unless costs are slashed by $3,800 per vehicle.
By James Cogan, 13 December 2013
The demagogy against Abbott over GM Holden’s closure is orchestrated, staged, cynical and fake.
By James Cogan, 12 December 2013
Toyota has issued its threat partly to pressure its workforce to accept a revised workplace agreement that will slash their pay and conditions.
By James Cogan, 11 December 2013
The closure signals a massive escalation in the assault on the living standards and social rights of the working class across Australia.
By James Cogan, 9 December 2013
Holden’s closure will be the death knell of the Australian auto manufacturing industry.
By Shannon Jones, 7 December 2013
Facing declining membership and falling wages, the outcome of its repeated betrayals, the United Auto Workers is eyeing a 25 percent rise in membership dues.
By Dietmar Henning, 22 November 2013
IG Metall has reached a deal with GM-Opel management confirming the shutdown of the Bochum plant by the end of 2014.
By Chris Sadlier and James Cogan, 16 November 2013
The strike at Port Melbourne testifies to the immense frustration and anger among car workers across the entire industry.
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 November 2013
Workers at the Chrysler Warren Truck Assembly Plant voiced support for the proposal for a workers inquiry in the bankruptcy of Detroit.
By James Cogan, 8 November 2013
The report predicts the destruction of tens of thousands of jobs, leading to the impoverishment of major working class suburbs.
By Jerry White, 5 November 2013
The UAW is relying on VW management to establish a “union” at the Chattanooga plant, which would be a wholly owned subsidiary of the company.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 November 2013
General Motors is preparing to follow Ford in shutting down production, while Toyota announced new moves to slash labour costs.
By Tim Rivers, 31 October 2013
Ford, Chrysler and GM reported a total of nearly $4 billion in third quarter profits.
By James Cogan, 16 October 2013
Company statements raised the spectre of the remaining 2,400 Toyota workers being confronted with a new General Motors-style industrial agreement, tearing up wages and conditions.
15 October 2013
Chrysler and Ford workers voice their opposition to the threatened sale of art from the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 October 2013
In response to a threat by General Motors to shut down production unless additional subsidies are provided, powerful sections of the financial elite are demanding the Liberal-National government reject the ultimatum.
By Jerry White, 9 October 2013
Five years into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, American workers, like their counter-parts throughout the world, are facing unprecedented conditions of social misery and exploitation.
By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2013
GMH threatens to follow Ford Australia in shutting down all production operations unless it receives further handouts.
By Marianne Arens, 18 September 2013
Opel workers responded with interest to the Socialist Equality Party’s call for a struggle, independent from the trade unions, to defend jobs.
By Philipp Frisch, 16 September 2013
Concern is mounting in Germany about Volkswagen's over-reliance on the Chinese car market.
By Dietmar Henning, 10 September 2013
Opel workers fear that General Motors intends to close its plant in Bochum, Germany sooner than previously announced.
By Ben McGrath, 5 September 2013
Hyundai and Kia are demanding lower wages and costs, threatening to move production overseas.
By Peter Byrne and Patrick O’Connor, 29 August 2013
The car companies are keeping their options open for further threats and blackmail after the election, aimed at cutting costs at the expense of workers.
By our reporter, 28 August 2013
The GM Holden cost-cutting agreement has set a new benchmark in the corporate onslaught on workers’ wages and conditions.
By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2013
The gross profits of Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant alone exceed the total debt of the city of Detroit.
By Andrea Peters, 22 August 2013
Entering the fourth day of their nationwide strike, South African autoworkers are demanding a 14 percent wage increase.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 August 2013
Auto workers at a Detroit Chrysler plant gave a warm reception to D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for mayor of Detroit.
By Katie Hughes and Hector Cordon, 23 July 2013
Despite considerable rank-and-file opposition, Daimler unions imposed another regressive contract on striking workers
By Katie Hughes and Hector Cordon, 16 July 2013
Striking Daimler Trucks workers face ruthless concession demands and unions functioning as accomplices in this attack
By Hector Cordon, 15 July 2013
Relying on the unions to isolate the strike, Daimler is pressing ahead with demands for sweeping givebacks.
By Danny Richardson, 12 July 2013
A strike by workers employed by logistics firm, DHL, who supply three Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) car plants in England, could halt assembly production in Merseyside and the West Midlands.
By Hector Cordon and Katie Hughes, 9 July 2013
Over 600 workers are on strike against concession demands by the largest truck manufacturer in the US.
By Markus Salzmann, 6 July 2013
2013 will be the worst year for the auto industry in Western Europe in three decades. A recent study estimates that car sales will fall another 5 percent this year to below 12 million vehicles.
By Carl Bronski, 25 June 2013
The Canadian Auto Workers union is assisting GM in its drive to replace higher-paid veteran workers with workers earning cheap-labor wages.
By James Cogan, 19 June 2013
GMH’s ultimatum signals a dramatic intensification of the corporate assault underway on the conditions of the working class.
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.