Saturday, April 13, 2024

European car factory hit – no cars indefinitely

Since Friday morning this week, production at Ford's factory in Saarlouis, Germany, has been at a standstill. It is due to the strike.

It is not Ford's own people who are on strike. Instead, it is employees of five subcontractors who are now so dissatisfied that they have stopped working.

The strike means that there has been no activity at Ford's factory in the German city of Saarlouis since Friday morning.

Yahoo News writes that.

The German trade union IG Metall is behind the strike, which was announced early Friday morning.

READ ALSO: Nissan removes a number of functions in Danish electric cars

– This means that production at the Ford factory itself also comes to a standstill within a few hours, as no cars can be produced without engines/gears, axles, body parts, wiring harnesses and exhaust systems, says the union.

The union's members have gone on strike indefinitely because they want a collective agreement that is similar to the one that the colleagues in the USA have got with the brand.

However, Ford has so far ignored both a strike notice and an ultimatum from the employees, which was given on February 29. A total of 500 employees are on strike.

However, some form of agreement has already been reached with Ford's employees in Saarlouis. The agreement means that 1,000 of the 3,750 employees are guaranteed employment until 2032, a number of higher bonuses and that the production of the Ford Focus is extended by six months, i.e. until November 2025.

Ford has long tried to find a buyer for the factory in Saarlouis. It has not yet succeeded. Allegedly, a Chinese brand dropped out at the last minute. Read more about it here .

Read more news from and about Ford here!

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