By a WSWS reporting team, 5 May 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White campaigned Friday at the Detroit-area Chrysler Warren Truck plant, where there is widespread opposition to the multiple tier wage structure imposed by the Obama administration.
By Carl Bronski, 4 May 2012
Having quickly scuttled a strike at a Chrysler supplier, Canadian Auto Workers officials are pledging to do more to win Chrysler’s “confidence”.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 April 2012
The sackings, amid a heavy security presence, have all the hallmarks of a calculated provocation, designed to intimidate the entire workforce ahead of further job losses and productivity speedups.
By Carl Bronski, 17 April 2012
The auto bosses and corporate media are trumpeting a think tank report that urges auto workers’ wages be cut by a further $10 per hour.
By Francis Dubois, 7 April 2012
PSA is accelerating its downsizing measures, eliminating production capacity overlapping with that of GM in Europe.
By Jerry White, 4 April 2012
Three years after Obama’s restructuring of the US auto industry, top executives at the car companies are raking in huge salaries and bonuses.
By Ulrich Rippert, 31 March 2012
General Motors is determined to impose on European workers the brutal forms of exploitation already established at its American plants.
By Sybille Fuchs, 26 March 2012
The trade unions have done everything possible to prevent any united solidarity action by GM’s European workers.
By Dietmar Henning, 16 March 2012
While the upper crust of German society line their pockets, the Labour Ministry has declared that migrants from the rest of Europe will no longer to be entitled to welfare benefits.
By Shannon Jones, 1 March 2012
President Barack Obama’s speech before the United Auto Workers legislative conference Tuesday exposed the indifference of both the White House and the union officials to the social disaster facing auto workers.
By Kumaran Ira, 28 February 2012
French unions are preparing to back attacks on jobs and wages in the corporate tie-up between GM-Opel and French automaker PSA.
By Dietmar Henning, 27 February 2012
Plans are afoot to impose Obama’s General Motors “solution” on European auto workers and suppliers, who are to pay for the economic crisis with brutal wage cuts and mass layoffs.
By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 25 February 2012
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement opposing GM’s plans to attack auto workers in Europe.
By our reporters, 20 February 2012
There are growing indications that the European subsidiaries of General Motors at Opel and Vauxhall are facing a new round of layoffs and wage cuts.
By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2012
The largest US automaker is relying on the United Auto Workers union to enforce cuts in both its North American and European operations.
By Ron Jorgenson, 9 January 2012
Ford Motor Company has permanently closed the St. Paul truck assembly plant, laying off 800 workers.
By Peter Byrne and Patrick O’Connor, 6 January 2012
The agreement brokered by the union is part of the international restructuring of the auto industry, with the major corporations demanding poverty-level wages everywhere.
By Jerry White, 21 December 2011
In an appearance at the Detroit Economic Club last week, Steven Rattner said the government should have imposed even deeper concessions on United Auto Workers members in 2009.
By Jerry White, 14 December 2011
The modern automotive assembly plant in the US increasingly resembles, despite the vast differences in technology, the auto factory of the 1930s.
By Marc Wells, 2 December 2011
The decision by Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne to terminate collective bargaining agreements starting by January 2012 is an historic attack on basic rights won by workers over decades of bitter struggle.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 November 2011
The future of Swedish automaker Saab remains undecided following a decision by former owner General Motors to block a proposed takeover by two Chinese firms.
By Jerry White, 17 November 2011
The medical benefits of approximately 820,000 retired auto workers and their spouses in the US are in danger of being sharply reduced or eliminated outright, as the retiree health care trust fund, run by the United Auto Workers union, is in danger of insolvency.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 November 2011
Within days of the October 21 deal between the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union and the company, MSEU President Sonu Gujjar and Secretary Shiv Kumar received large cash payments from Maruti Suzuki for resigning their jobs.
“We need a revolution to get rid of the UAW”
By Jerry White, 10 November 2011
Two weeks after the United Auto Workers signed a new round of labor agreements with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, it is becoming clear that the deals only set the stage for a further offensive against workers in the global auto industry.
By Jerry White, 1 November 2011
Wall Street analysts and the news media say Detroit’s Big Three automakers—General Motors, Ford and Chrysler—will see a boost in profits from the four-year labor agreements just signed by the United Auto Workers union.
By Jerry White, 28 October 2011
The new four-year labor agreements signed by the UAW with GM, Ford and Chrysler will lead to a rollback in the wages and conditions of workers throughout the global auto industry.
By Dietmar Henning, 28 October 2011
A recent report in a German newspaper reveals the extent of the bribery of trade union officials at the Opel auto company.
27 October 2011
Chrysler workers voting on the proposed contract Wednesday spoke to the World Socialist Web Site.
By Jerry White, 27 October 2011
The United Auto Workers International Executive Board voted to impose a new-four year labor agreement on 26,000 Chrysler workers Wednesday, despite a 56 percent ‘no’ vote by skilled trades workers and widespread opposition from production workers.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 October 2011
Maruti workers described the brutal conditions prevailing in India’s new industrial zones, which are triggering explosive struggles.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 October 2011
Saab faces the prospect of bankruptcy after its plans to restructure fell apart last week.
“Workers are facing the same thing all over the world”
By Jerry White, 25 October 2011
Workers at the Warren Truck plant in suburban Detroit denounced the sellout by the UAW Monday afternoon.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2011
The UAW is using the prospect of binding arbitration to pressure auto workers to accept a contract that paves the way for a vast increase in the exploitation of workers.
By our correspondents, 24 October 2011
The unions at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar, Haryana car assembly plant and other nearby Suzuki plants ordered an end to a militant two-week-long strike last Friday, after the newly formed independent union at the Manesar plant made a rotten deal with management and Haryana state Labour Department officials.
Abolish two-tier wage and restore all pay and benefit concessions!
By Socialist Equality Party (US), 21 October 2011
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party are distributing this statement to Chrysler workers calling for a rejection of the new four-year agreement being pushed by the UAW. We urge workers to download the statement and circulate it.
By Joseph Kishore, 21 October 2011
Several locals have voted down a sellout contract pushed by the United Auto Workers, in close collaboration with Chrysler management.
By World Socialist Web Site, 20 October 2011
To defeat the combined assault of big business, the government, police and courts, the Maruti Suzuki workers must make their strike the spearhead of an industrial and political offensive of the entire working class against sweatshop conditions.
By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2011
Italian unions refuse to organize cross-border solidarity to defend jobs and conditions and back lower wages and poorer working conditions in Italy on condition that job cuts are carried out elsewhere.
By Jerry White, 18 October 2011
The United Auto Workers apparatus has pulled out all the stops to defeat rank-and-file opposition and impose a new four-year labor agreement on Ford workers.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 October 2011
Striking workers at Manesar car assembly plant of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) ended their eight-day occupation of the plant Friday night, under threat of a police crackdown.
By Andre Damon, 15 October 2011
US President Barack Obama touted a new trade deal with South Korea Friday at a Michigan auto plant where 40 percent of the workers, members of the UAW, earn $14.50 an hour.
By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 14 October 2011
German-based Bosch Limited has locked out 2,500 unionized workers at its plant at Adugodi in Bangalore, India, so as to break resistance to the contracting-out of jobs of workers employed in 19 different departments.
By Shannon Jones, 14 October 2011
Workers at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant overwhelmingly voted down the sellout contract negotiated by the UAW, the latest group of workers to reject the agreement.
By Arun Kumar, 13 October 2011
Maruti Suzuki India is plotting with the Congress Party-led Haryana state government to use police violence to smash the six day-old occupation of its Manesar car assembly plant.
By Jerry White, 13 October 2011
The United Auto Workers announced a deal with Chrysler Wednesday at the same time auto workers at one of the largest Detroit area assembly plants voted down the agreement reached by the UAW with Ford.
By Jerry White, 11 October 2011
Top officials from the United Auto Workers are fanning throughout the country in an effort to counter rank-and-file opposition and push through a new four-year labor agreement covering 40,500 Ford workers.
By Kranti Kumara, 11 October 2011
The 3,500 workers at the sprawling Maruti-Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) complex in Manesar, Haryana recommenced their 6-month-long agitation last Friday afternoon by occupying the car assembly plant. Eight thousand other workers at auto industry-related plants have since walked out in sympathy.
“People are tired of this … they’re getting to the breaking point”
By Jerry White, 7 October 2011
At the Ford assembly plant in south Chicago, workers expressed disgust with the contract signed by the United Auto Workers.
Reject UAW sellout at Ford! Establish rank-and-file committees to prepare strike action!
By Socialist Equality Party (US), 6 October 2011
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party are distributing the following statement to Ford workers calling for a rejection of the new four-year agreement being pushed by the UAW. We urge workers to download the statement and circulate it.
By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2011
The UAW on Tuesday announced a tentative agreement with Ford along the lines of the sellout contract agreed to last month with General Motors
By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2011
The United Auto Workers barred the World Socialist Web Site from its October 4 press conference announcing the Ford settlement
By Rajesh Tyagi, 4 October 2011
Working in conjunction with state government officials, the unions have prevailed on the workers at the Maruti Suzuki India plant in Manesar, Haryana to return to work on the company’s terms, after a bitter month-long struggle.
By Jerry White, 1 October 2011
Under the new agreement, increases in hourly labor costs for GM’s 48,500 workers are limited to 1 percent, the smallest rise in four decades.
By Andre Damon, 29 September 2011
With the full backing of the Obama administration, US and foreign-based corporations are transforming the US into a cheap labor platform in direct competition with Mexico, China and other low-wage countries.
By Peter Byrne and Patrick O’Connor, 27 September 2011
More than 3,000 Toyota Australia workers went on strike again last Thursday and Friday against the company’s attempt to cut real wages.
By Arun Kumar, 27 September 2011
The Stalinist leadership of the All India Trade Union Congress is urging locked-out workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant to surrender to the company’s demand that they sign a “good conduct bond” that reinforces an oppressive, dictatorial work regime.
By Jerry White, 26 September 2011
While a few local unions have reported passage of the new four-year labor agreement between General Motors and the United Auto Workers, large numbers of workers are voting "no" or abstaining from the vote.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2011
If Saab is able to survive beyond the end of the year, it will be on the basis of a cost-cutting offensive against the workforce by management and the state, facilitated by the unions.
By Jerry White and Shannon Jones, 23 September 2011
There is widespread hostility among workers towards the new four-year labor agreement accepted by United Auto Workers for 49,000 hourly workers at General Motors
By Andre Damon, 23 September 2011
The Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant employees almost 3,000 production workers and contractors, whose pay is among the lowest for auto workers in the US.
By Andre Damon, 23 September 2011
Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant, notorious for paying its entire production workforce $14.50 an hour, is now starting new-hires at $12.
“We are determined this time to fight to the end”
By Rajesh Tyagi, 22 September 2011
With the grass-root workers determined to win their rights, the carmaker MSI and the Congress Party government are looking to diffuse the crisis and subjugate the workers through the mediation of the Stalinist union leaders.
By Jerry White, 21 September 2011
UAW President Bob King held a press conference Tuesday morning to praise the deal reached with General Motors.
By Peter Byrne and Patrick O’Connor, 20 September 2011
Toyota is demanding that workers accept a new agreement that entrenches real wage cuts over the next three years.
Reject UAW sellout! Establish rank-and-file committees to prepare strike action!
By Socialist Equality Party, 20 September 2011
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party are distributing the following statement to General Motors workers calling for a rejection of the new four-year agreement signed by the UAW.
“There’s no way to raise a family on $15.06 an hour”
By Jerry White, 20 September 2011
In addition to sharply increasing the numbers of low-paid “tier-two” workers in US auto factories, the tentative four-year deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers sanctions the continued use of thousands of temporary workers who have no job security, health care or workplace rights but are nevertheless compelled to pay dues to the UAW.
By Arun Kumar, 20 September 2011
Police arrested the leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union late Sunday evening when they emerged from failed talks with representatives of the carmaker and the Haryana labour department. Maruti Suzuki has locked out 3,000 workers at its Manesar assembly plant since August 29.
By Jerry White, 19 September 2011
The United Auto Workers reached a tentative agreement Friday night on a new four-year labor agreement covering 49,000 hourly workers at General Motors.
By Andre Damon in Spartanburg and South Carolina, 19 September 2011
Most of the workers who make the BMW X3 are casual laborers earning $15 per hour, less than half the wages of the European workers they replaced.
By Arun Kumar, 17 September 2011
Big business, the Congress Party-led Haryana state government, and the police are all supporting Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) in its drive to subjugate the workforce at its Manesar car assembly plant.
By Socialist Equality Party, 16 September 2011
Supporters of the SEP are distributing this statement to auto workers at the European and Asian-owned factories in the southern US states to fight for a unified struggle by all auto workers.
By Arun Kumar, 15 September 2011
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Ltd., the country’s largest car maker, has intensified its threats against locked-out workers at the company’s Mansard plant, moving to replace them with strike breakers.
By Jerry White, 14 September 2011
The United Auto Workers is preparing to accept a deal that will replace regular hourly wage increases with a pay scheme that recalls the hated piecework system of the 1930s.
By Anthony Torres, 14 September 2011
The meeting of European automobile industry trade unionists organised by the New Anti-capitalist Party is preparing a betrayal of workers’ struggles internationally.
“I was making more money as a door greeter at Wal-Mart than I am now”
By Jerry White and Matthew Brennan, 13 September 2011
There is deep anger among US auto workers over the long-term erosion of wages and living standards and, in particular, the two-tier wage system and temporary employment, which condemn young workers to poverty wages.
By Sathish Simon, 10 September 2011
Haryana’s Congress Party-led state government is working in tandem with Maruti Suzuki to crush worker resistance at its Manesar plant.
By Jerry White, 8 September 2011
On September 14 the four-year labor agreements covering 114,000 US auto workers at GM, Ford and Chrysler expire.
A revealing episode
By Andre Damon, 6 August 2011
Just hours before the start of negotiations between the UAW and Big Three automakers last month, UAW President Bob King stepped off the same chartered jet as multi-millionaire Ford CEO Alan Mulally.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 August 2011
Crisis-hit automaker Saab announced last Tuesday for the second month in a row that part of its workforce would not receive their wages on time. The failure to pay employees confirms that the company is essentially bankrupt.
As contract negotiations open
By Jerry White, 26 July 2011
The United Auto Workers opened up formal negotiations Monday for a new labor contract with Chrysler, the first of the Big Three Detroit automakers whose four-year agreements expire on September 14.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 21 July 2011
On the eve of next week's opening of contract talks between the United Auto Workers and the Big Three auto companies, UAW President Bob King has proposed the elimination of annual wage increases in favor of directly tying any wage improvements to corporate profitability.
By Nikolai Barrickman and Andre Damon, 19 July 2011
Last week Bob King reaffirmed his support for cutting scheduled wage increases for US auto workers as part of 2011 contract negotiations with the big three automakers.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 11 July 2011
Workers at the PSA Citroën-Peugeot car factory in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of northern France struck for one day on July 7 as 1,200 people demonstrated in Valenciennes against the planned closure of the plant in 2015.
By Andre Damon, 8 July 2011
On June 30, General Motors closed its the stamping plant in downtown Indianapolis, the scene of a fight by auto workers last year over efforts by the UAW and GM to cut their wages in half.
By Shannon Jones, 7 July 2011
Auto parts maker American Axle said it will close its Detroit manufacturing complex in February following six months of talks with the UAW over massive new concessions.
By Arun Kumar, 1 July 2011
The All India Trade Union Congress shut down the nearly two-week sit-in strike by 2,500 workers at the Maruti Suzuki plant in northern India.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 June 2011
Leaked internal documents reveal that PSA, the French Citroën-Peugeot car manufacturer, intends to close three of its plants.
By Jerry White, 24 June 2011
In the coming talks with Detroit automakers, the UAW is preparing to permanently throw overboard the principle of increases in hourly base pay.
By Dietmar Henning, 15 June 2011
Sources close to General Motors told the Reuters news agency last week that GM Chief Executive Daniel Akerson was considering plans to sell off its European subsidiary Opel, which is based in Germany.
By Andre Damon and Jerome White, 11 June 2011
Last week, Barack Obama came to Toledo, Ohio to proclaim the recovery of US auto industry. But more than two years since the wall street crash, living conditions for the working people of this city are getting worse every day.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 June 2011
Amidst clear indications of a renewed economic downturn, President Obama used a speech at a Chrysler Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio to praise the supposed “resurgence” of the US auto industry.
By Jerry White, 3 June 2011
In an appearance today at a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, President Obama is expected to hail the return of the US auto industry two years after the restructuring of the Detroit automakers.
By Margaret Rees, 1 June 2011
The union delivered all the central demands of the US-based company, including the introduction of a two-tier wage system.
By Will Marshall, 10 May 2011
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her senior ministers are collaborating with the car companies and trade unions to restructure the entire industry with the aim of boosting “international competitiveness”.
By Jerry White and Shannon Jones, 10 May 2011
GM, Chrysler and Ford all reported rising profits in the first quarter, the result of cost cutting measures aided and abetted by the UAW.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 May 2011
The deal provides no long-term security for Saab workers, and opens the door to a vast cost-cutting drive through the outsourcing of jobs to cheap labour locations in China.
By Marc Wells, 7 May 2011
In a May 2-3 vote, Fiat workers at the historic Bertone plant voted for a company plan supported by unions to invest €550 million and restructure labor relations along the lines of previous contracts at Pomigliano D’Arco and Mirafiori.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2011
Barely a year after being taken over by Dutch firm Spyker, Swedish automaker Saab is again in danger of shutdown, with the loss of thousands of jobs.
By Jerry White, 25 April 2011
Having eliminated a quarter of a million jobs in the US over the past decade, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are now planning to hire 35,000 new workers for their American plants by 2015, a leading industry analyst recently reported.
By Will Marshall, 16 April 2011
The job losses at Ford are a direct result of the restructuring of the international auto industry, which has accelerated in response to the 2008 global financial crisis.