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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.

South African metalworkers win 35% wage increase

2016.09.16NUMSA has concluded a negotiation with car makers for a 35 per cent wage increase over three years.

Ford workers in Russia ready for strike

2013.06.20The Interregional Trade Union of Autoworkers (ITUA) scheduled a strike on 24 June at Ford in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, over the issues of wages and working conditions.

Sanand Ford India workers protest against meager wages

2019.03.15For the past 27 days, workers at the Ford India plant in Sanand, Gujarat, have been boycotting food provided by the company in protest against management’s refusal to increase wages in collective bargaining negotiations.

Russian unions fight to save Ford plant

2019.02.19Workers fear that the Ford-Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad region, Russia, will close, at a cost of more than 1,000 jobs. Their trade unions have launched a campaign against the closure of the plant and called for support from global allies.

Two former Ford executives sentenced for crimes against humanity in Argentina

2018.12.17An Argentine court has sentenced two former Ford executives at the company’s plant in Argentina for their role in the human rights crimes committed against Ford workers during the country's last dictatorship.

Progress in cutting agency work at VW in Russia

2012.12.06The Interregional Trade Union of Autoworkers (ITUA), an IndustriALL affiliate, engaged in talks with Volkswagen management in Kaluga, Russia, about the rules for transferring agency workers to permanent positions. Meanwhile, at Ford in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, ITUA local struggles through the third week of the work-to-rules strike.

European unions protest against Ford plant closures

2012.11.01Unions mobilize in response to Ford Motor Co.'s bitter news last week that almost 6,000 workers in Belgium and the UK are to lose their jobs in the coming years as part of its announced restructuring of European operations.

Unions prepare campaign to keep Ford factories in Russia

2019.03.21Ford union representatives and their national and international colleagues spent two days debating possible ways of safeguarding jobs at the Ford Sollers joint venture in Russia, and their response to the potential closure of other Ford plants, after the company announced a review of  its strategy in the country.

Autoworkers reach deals with Big Three in Canada

2012.09.27IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Canadian Auto Workers reached a new contract with Chrysler, thus finalizing negotiations with all three big automakers in Canada: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.