Auto Workers Issues
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.
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.