European Want Out. Stand Union Road

Wim Dries to a public pool with her son in February when a message via loudspeakers to call to take urgent calls. At this point the head (F) Ford Motor plant in Genk, Belgium, who said he was detained by workers against plans to close the plant. "He was surrounded by a group of attackers and the tension is very high," said Dries, 40-year mayor. After Dries offered to send police to the plant, "cooled all," and the manager let workers go, he said. Labor issues in the Ford, which aims to shutter two other European factories, car shows resistance face their efforts to staunch the losses in the region. PSA Peugeot Citroën is fighting one of the union in court in Paris to close plants and cut 11,200 jobs. Workers also struggling General Motors' (GM) will plan to close German plant. And Daimler (DAI), angry workers due to cost-cut of the Mercedes-Benz unit encourages union representation on the board to push through an extension of the contract is shorter than expected for Daimler executive Dieter Zetsche head, according to A person familiar with the matter. "This is a very sensitive political subject, and this is the sector where the union is the best organized," said Jürgen Pieper, an analyst at Bankhaus Metzler in Frankfurt.Automakers in Western Europe, which has a long history of worker protection, so not only fire employees or close plants when business sours. Workers in France should be widely consulted. The process can take years and often result in political pressure to delay any curbs work, as is the case with the proposed reduction of Peugeot. German labor law gives union representatives half the seats on the governing companies' boards, giving them enough power to slow down the work of the union pushback cuts.The shows how difficult it is for car manufacturers Europe to push through the cut 30,000 jobs and the closure of their factory five 'that was announced for July. Without curb costs, losses are likely to increase as head of European car sales for the sixth annual decline in a row. Fiat (F) CEO Sergio Marchionne estimated collective loss of car makers' in the last year to € 5 billion ($ 6.5 billion). GM saw a deficit of $ 1.8 billion in Europe last year, bringing the cumulative effect of losses since 1999 to $ 18 billion. Ford expects to lose $ 2 billion in Europe in 2013, up from $ 1.75 billion last year. Peugeot, which in 2012 recorded an operating loss in the first three years, is struggling to push through a plan to eliminate about 20 percent of workers in France.At Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, Peugeot is clashing with workers over plans to close the plant which makes compact Citroën C3. CGT union successfully Block temporary shutdown, and plants are mostly idle since January 16, when the CGT labor-intensive part of the facility, demanding that the company will offer a more laid-off workers severance. Striker was thrown firecrackers, eggs, and bolts, and skewer with nonstrikers and manager, said plant manager Laurent Vergely, working in a small room near the front gate where he set up shop since he was detained for some time in October. "It took more time than expected" to reach an agreement, Peugeot CEO Philippe Varin said. Although the car is governed by five they announced plant closures, their efforts may fall short of what is needed. With sales and capacity utilization continues to fall, automakers may have to close 10 factories to restore profitability, said Florent Couvreur, an analyst at CM-CIC Securities. Given the authority granted in the European Union, Couvreur think these unlikely.That 'contrast to what happened in the U.S. after the Obama administration to save GM and Chrysler bailout in 2008 to U.S. $ 80 billion. Recovery was made possible by the American industry layoffs, plant closures, and the United Auto Workers union agreement to halve the payments for new workers and eliminate traditional pensions and retiree health care. Currently running three U.S. auto assembly plant 28 in the United States, compared with 36 in 2007, according to the Center for Automotive Research. Work on all U.S. auto plants fell to 524,200 in July 2009 from 1.16 million peak in June 2000. At the end of 2012, 662,300 was recovered. In February, representatives of workers at GM Opel unit acquired company retreat from a threat to close the plant in Bochum, Germany, by the end of next year. The new agreement will keep the plant operating until the end of 2016 and then converted to its component parts and logistics Services Center, site maintenance jobs.Even 1,200 of 3,000-plus when the car has stopped production at a plant in Europe, near It take years for labor protection laws. Fiat, which closed its factory in Sicily at the end of 2011, there are still some 850 people on temporary layoff Payroll settings. "We still Fiat workers, we entered the factory every month to get our paychecks from the company, our children can attend the holiday program organized by the company," said Roberto Mastrosimone, fiom Union leaders factory. "If Marchionne wants to get rid of us, he is to send pink slips to 850 people. We are working hard to prevent it "Bottom line:. European automakers announced 30,000 layoffs and plant closures since July five. Unions vow to fight the cut.

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