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Audio interview with Unite convenor at the occupied Visteon plant in Belfast, John McGuire.
Sacked workers from the car parts firm Visteon have been occupying three factories across the UK since Wednesday.
A group of disgruntled workers at a recently closed auto parts supply company in Windsor, Ontario have taken over the plant.
Contemporary article on the League of Revolutionary Black Workers from Radical America which, though uncritical of their nationalistic sentiments, contains a lot of interesting information.
A short history of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, detailing their beginnings as well as their opposition to the United Auto Workers union.
Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement’s attack on the racist practices of the hospital at the Hamtramck Chrysler factory.
DRUM’s attack on the spectacle of the Chrysler Corporation’s “milestone agreement” to “pour $1,000,000 into colored-owned banks in three US cities”.
The Unite union has negotiated a 10% wage cut for its members at Toyota plants in Derby and North Wales.
Account and analysis of a significant strike of auto workers in Romania early 2008
Workers at car parts manufacturer Karmann have walked out after being informed of 1400 job cuts no redundancy pay.
Workers at the Cowley plant near Oxford learned 850 jobs are to go, affecting agency staff from the weekend shift. Agency workers were given just one hours notice that they were being made redundant. Many of them have worked there for years but have no rights to redundancy pay.
Fascinating pamphlet by Solidarity on the informal workers struggle against the frenetic pace of work at a General Motors plant, and the later co-optation of the struggle by the auto workers union.
A new wave of redundancies and pay cuts hits car manufacturing in the UK, as companies aim to take back the cost of the recession from the workforce.
8,000 workers launched a series of co-ordinated strikes at automobile and electronics companies as it and employers spar over wage increases.
A nationwide strike against rising prices disrupted transport, retailing and manufacturing across Belgium on Monday.
Wildcat strikes and repression in the Special Economic Zone of Gurgaon.
Workers at major car industry plants in Brazil went on strike during September in support of their demands for improved pay.
Following a wave of strikes, the South Korean government has unleashed a massive attack against the Korean Metal Workers’ Union targeting more than 75 of the union’s key leaders for arrest or investigation.
This essay by Ferruccio Gambino first appeared in the book Operai e Stato (Feltrinelli, 1972). It was translated into English and published by Red Notes in 1976 as their first pamphlet.
9,000 workers striking at car plants in the south of the country have voted to extend their strike.
A short account of the South Korean strike wave of 1987 known as the Great Workers’ Struggle. Affecting most major industries and involving over a million workers, the strikes and militant tactics used won significant gains in pay and conditions for many.
Workers at a new nuclear power station in Plymouth and coach builders Alexander Dennis in Falkirk were both on wildcat strike this week.
A round-up of recent strike activity in Iran, including the car industry and agriculture.
Thousands of workers at the Iran Khodro car manufacturing plant are protesting the exploitation of precarious workers and demanding better wages and conditions.
With a planetary ecological crisis on hand, it can no longer be denied that socialism will be incompatible with mass production and mass consumption. Indeed, even without returning to Malthusian catastrophe theories, we are forced to admit that the planet’s resources are not inexhaustible. These resources could provide for humanity’s needs, but only if they are used in a reasonable and rational way, i.e., in a manner directly opposed to capitalist logic, which in itself is a source of imbalance.
The FIAT factory at Pomigliano (NA) in Southern Italy has been blockaded since Thursday April 10th.
Following three days of strike action at a tyre factory in northern Iran, Iranian security forces broke into the plant on Saturday and abducted at least 1,000 striking workers.
10,000 workers have walked out of the Dacia-Renault car plant for improved wages.
A history of the wave of strikes and occupations that gripped Italian factories and universities during the 1960s. Coming to a head with the Hot Autumn of 1969, independent forms of struggle used by workers represented a significant attempt to break from restrictive trade unions.
Workers at Hyundai (HMC) Ulsan plant in South Korea were on wildcat last week for higher wages.
Around five hundred staff at the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, are reported to have walked out yesterday, over rumours that the company plan to axe 460 jobs.
Restaurant and tire workers have won strikes with a bus drivers’ strike ongoing.
More than 5,000 workers in Hai Phong City, 60 miles south east of Hanoi began a strike yesterday.
Over 2600 workers at the New River Valley plant in Virginia began strike action on Friday.
Workers at the Ledco tool and die plant in Kitchener, Ontario ended a three day occupation after a judge ruled it illegal.
Workers at Syncreon, formerly TDS Automotive, went on strike on Monday.
A wildcat strike broke out amongst workers at the Opel car plant in Antwerp January 8 in a row over pay.
Article examining the role of unions in the exploitation of workers, focussing in particular on the US car manufacturing industry from the 1930s to 1970s.
Workers at the Rolls Royce plant in Netherton today claimed the company had given them notice to close the factory with the loss of 220 jobs.
This death was the fourth suicide in a year by a worker at the Guyancourt technocentre site.
Workers at the exhaust factory in Wissembourg voted to begin a strike action on Friday.
Thousands of United Auto Workers walked off the job at General Motors Corp. plants around the country Monday in the first nationwide strike against GM since 1970.
A pamphlet detailing the working class areas around Oxford, written eighteen months after the poll tax riot.
Detroit auto-worker Martin Glaberman analyses the bureaucratisation and decline of the US trade union movement. An interesting article interspersed with historical information and personal reminiscences
There have been a series of stoppages recently at the Opel factory, due to management restructuring.
Workers at the truck factory in Oostakker, walked out during negotiations over pay.
An unofficial strike broke out at a Volvo Trucks plant in Umeå on Thursday. 150 workers downed tools for one and a half hours.
Workers at the Renault factory in Le Mans have been accused by management of sabotaging factory equipment.
Workers at the General Motors subcontractor, Delphi, in Puerto Real have gone on strike in protest at the planned closure of the factory.
Two weeks after a wildcat strike against layoffs, eleven Freightliner LLC workers in North Carolina have been fired.
Strikers at car firm SLM refused to vote on an agreement made by unions, judging the salary increase to be too low.
Union members at the tyre maker, Bridgestone, in Salisbury, South Australia have returned to work after a three-day lockout without pay.
With layoffs imminent, truck manufacturing workers in North Carolina walked out until union officials called off the action.
Workers at a plant in Guelph, Ontario struck on Saturday in support of sacked Toronto car employees occupying their plant for severance pay.
On Friday over 300 striking workers demonstrated outside the head offices of PSA Peugeot Citroën in Paris.
150 auto workers occupied their factory yesterday in a dispute over unpaid severance pay whilst hundreds more demonstrated outside.
The leaflet spread in Skoda/Volkswagen factories in three towns in February 2007 by KPK.
Car manufacturing workers at Hindustan Motors in India walked out on Monday.
Workers at Volkswagen AG’s Belgian plant on Tuesday approved a restructuring plan to work longer hours without extra pay in order to keep their jobs.
A strike halted production on Wednesday at U.S. car maker Ford’s plant near St Petersburg, one of the biggest in Russia owned by a foreign auto maker, after a months-long dispute over pay and conditions.
South Korean police said Monday they plan to seek a warrant to arrest the head of the union of Hyundai Motor Co., the country’s No. 1 carmaker, for an alleged assault at a company event.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the union representing about 12,600 union workers in the United States tentatively agreed Friday to a new contract that would end an 11-week strike over health care benefits and Goodyear’s plan to close a tire factory in Texas.
A critical, but balanced, picketline report about the current Goodyear workers’ strike in Topeka, Kansas by a member of the Kansas Mutual Aid Collective.
Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Brussels are on strike for a third week after the company announced upto 4,000 job losses there.
The VW factory in Forest, near Brussels, is facing 4,000 job losses after the company decided to transfer the assembly line to German plants.
Summary of an article about a strike for a 30% wage hike at Michelin in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei, February 2005.
Article about the 2005 strike at Citroen and other struggles and issues in the European car industry, and the political situation in France, including the left, the EU constitution, and a wildcat strike of rail workers.
Strike at Citroën Aulnay, 2005
A short article about a strike against pay and break-time cuts at a Citroen factory in France, 2005.
First strike for thirteen years at Skoda, Czech Republic, 2005
30 March: Some 12,000 of the 21,000 employees at Skoda walked off the job for an hour on the 30th of March, putting the company 240 cars under its daily quota of about 2,000.
Strike at car supplier stops production at DaimlerChrysler, 2005
Germany: production halted in DaimlerChrysler plant when about 50 to 60 of the 336 workers at Dräxlmaier (Bremen) blocked the factory gates on Monday, 4 of April.
Spontaneous strikes at Fiat Mirafiori, Italy, 2005
Short article about a brief wildcat strike at Fiat on 21 April 2005
Update: European car-industry, 2005
Various short articles on different developments within the European car industry in early 2005.
VW cut wages and lengthen hours in Germany, 2005
Analysis of wage policies at VW in Germany.
New wage-model at VW, Germany, 2004
Article analysing new wage structures for 5,000 new manufacturing jobs at Volkswagen in Germany.
GM/Saab policies in Sweden, 2004
Article from the Swedish “workplace paper” Motarbetaren #5, September 2004 about General Motors/Saab policy and potential struggle in Sweden.
One week wildcat strike at General Motors/Opel in Bochum, 2004
Extensive background information and analysis, and an account of a wildcat strike of Opel/GM car workers in Germany.
Study on temp-work in German car industry, 2006
A recent study on temp work in the German automobile industry reveals that the companies in this sector try to hide the fact that they employ temp-workers.
Fiat – call centre report from Milano, Italy, 2002
Report from October 2002 about work, resistance and the possibilities for struggle in a Milan call centre.
Short article about the 2000 South African Volkswagen workers’ strike.
Account of a small but significant strike at a Skoda (owned by Volkswagen) factory in the Czech Republic.
The following article was written by comrades from the Czech Republic. Following their analysis of the strike at Skoda they investigated the development of the car industry in the Czech Republic more thoroughly, concentrating on Škoda/Volkswagen, TPCA (Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile) and the suppliers.
1972: Broadmeadows Ford workers’ strike
In June 1972 workers at the Broadmeadows Ford factory exploded smashing up their workplace, facing off police and forcing union bosses into endorsing a strike they had attempted to abandon. This is a short history of the events.
Tony Mcqade worked at British Leyland’s site 2 car plant in Speke from the late 1960s until its closure in 1978, as well being a shop steward at the plant for a number of years, and is now a full time official with the TGWU.
Brazil: Volkswagen workers on indefinite strike
Workers at the Sao Paulo plant approved the strike in a mass assembly of 10,000 workers, starting immediately in “direct response” to the firings.
A wildcat strike has broken out in Canada as workers at AGS Automotive plant walked out in a dispute over pay and work rate.
Workers from the Ryton plant in Coventry, due to be closed by Peugeot, demonstrated outside a dealership in Birmingham alongside members of West Midlands Anarchists on Saturday.
A member of West Midlands Anarchists speaks to libcom.org news about the impending closure of Peugeot’s Ryton factory near Coventry, which will cost thousands of jobs.
The Iranian government also has an internal crisis on its hands. The country’s high level of poverty has triggered a series of intense social struggles.
Mitsubishi workers took wildcat strike action last week over worries that DaimlerChrysler would close their plant when Smart ForFour productions ends.
Belgian car workers won a short strike to demand less work and more workers employed at their plant in Antwerp.
Workers at the Born NedCar plant walked out yesterday in a row over job cuts. The Dutch manufacturer NedCar is a joint-venture of DaimlerCrysler and Mitsubishi.
The Myths of the Toyota System – Nomura Masami
Workers for Delphi, a former subsidiary of General Motors, are facing 24,000 job cuts, the slashing of wages by 63%, and huge cuts in benefits such as pensions and health care.
The Toyota Kirloskar Motor Workers’ union yesterday announced that its members will begin hunger strikes today (Monday) to win its demands in the dispute which has escalated over the past three weeks with wildcat strikes and large scale arrests.
Bangalore: The State Government has prohibited the workers’ strike at Bidadi plant of carmaker Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd. and has referred all issues such as the sacking of three union activists by the management, this subsequent strike by the employees and the lockout to additional labour court for adjudication.
Bangalore: Over 1,000 employees affiliated to the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Union today resumed work after tendering a modified version of the ‘good conduct declaration’ prepared by the management.
1,300 employees at Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), were arrested on Saturday as they gathered at the State Labour Secretary’s office after buses failed to pick them up from work.
Toyota said it will end a 12-day lockout at its plant in Bangalore, India if employees sign a ‘good conduct’ pledge.
A brief account of sabotage at a car manufacturers in Detroit by Eugene, a carburator assembler.
This article from the Detroit news shows petty measures introduced by Ford managers recently to raise productivity.
Based on his experience in auto factories, Glaberman discusses the contradictions of the union’s role.
A short biography of French anarchist and factory militant André Nedelec.
A short biography of French anarchist and Michelin worker Gerard Ali Khanifar.