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Why are so many auto plants closing?

2019.03.05Auto plants provide well-paid, highly skilled and heavily unionized work, so a spate of plant closures and retrenchments in several countries is worrying for unions. While we need to fight closures plant by plant, we also need to understand the wider structural drivers.

Renault blacklisted by Swedish investment bank

2017.06.13Following labour violations at the Renault Oyak plant in Bursa, Turkey, major Swedish bank SEB has blacklisted the French auto manufacturer, referring to events in February last year when local management used police to forcefully remove protestors.

Turkey: Renault dismisses workers using police violence instead of upholding commitments

2016.03.02The last few days have seen violent clashes between the police and dismissed workers, peacefully protesting to get their jobs back and the right to organize at car manufacturer Renault’s Turkish plant Oyak in the city of Bursa.  

Renault

2012.05.25A Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with Renault was signed on October 12, 2004. Renault S.A. is a French automaker producing cars and vans. It employs 128,000 people worldwide.

Renault Chile workers in victorious 15-day strike

2017.12.21Workers at Cormecanica Renault Chile have won a major pay victory after a 15-day strike and other actions.

Nissan workers in Paris stage protest against anti-union policies

2016.06.30Workers from the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, US, with the support of IndustriALL Global Union and French metal affiliates of FTM-CGT, FGMM-CFDT, CFE-CGC Métallurgie and FO Métaux stage a joint protest in front of the building where the World Works Committee of Renault takes place.

Renault Works Council goes truly global

2015.04.29IndustriALL Global Union signs an amendment to strengthen the participation of workers’ representatives from outside Europe in the Renault Group Works Council and to establish a single status for all.

RENAULT, THE RENAULT GROUP WORKS COUNCIL AND INDUSTRIALL GLOBAL UNION SIGN A GLOBAL FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT

2013.07.03The Renault Group, the Renault Group Works Council and IndustriALL Global Union signed a global framework agreement, “Committing together for sustainable growth and development”, on July 2, 2013.

Trade unions file OECD case against Renault-Nissan Alliance in three countries

2016.12.20Calling for the correction of the failure of French Renault S.A., Japanese Nissan Motor Co. and Dutch Renault-Nissan BV to undertake due diligence in order to avoid and address serious labour right violations reported at Nissan North America Inc.’s (NNA) manufacturing facilities in Canton, Mississippi, IndustriALL and its US affiliate the United Auto Workers (UAW) is seeking the good offices of the National Contact Points (NCPs) for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in three countries. The case follows strong recommendations delivered by the US NCP, including the offer of mediation, which were rejected by Nissan North America. 

Repression and violence at Maghreb Steel in Morocco

2016.05.20After 5 months on strike, workers at Maghreb Steel face serious acts of repression, discrimination and harassment.