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Strike by Volkswagen workers ends

By Nebbia

11 September 2001

The strike by autoworkers in Mexico stopped production at the giant plant in Puebla state September 5 after the union to management’s wage and benefits The 12,400 workers will a 10.2 percent increase in 3.5 percent increase in food and 1 percent more for school for workers’ children.

Last a five-day strike by VW workers at the 65 miles outside of Mexico resulted in a 21 percent wage Both raises still workers’ wages well the pace of inflation, which has 352 percent since 1994.

The increase raises average VW to 226 pesos a day—about $26 US—only above what a family of requires to live above the poverty line in Mexico. The wage of a US autoworker is $24 an hour, seven times more for a VW worker in Mexico. (German workers earn about 10 as much.)

Originally, the Independent Union of Workers (SITVW) had asked for a 31 raise. On August 29, workers a 9 percent wage offer back by the union leadership.

The 14 percent raise was too much for VW however. After announcing the VW-Mexico Vice President Bada announced that VW stop a planned $1.5 investment in Mexico. Instead the would increase production of its models in China, where VW said its workers are “less No doubt VW is counting on the Beijing brutal repression of Chinese to keep their workers assertive.

Volkswagen is waging a cost-cutting war its workers around the globe. reached an agreement on August 28 the IG Metall union, permitting a workweek at less pay and promoting productivity in exchange for promises of new Last year VW fired workers at its Uitenhage plant Port Elizabeth in South who were waging a struggle the firing of 13 militant shop

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The Mexican walkout took as VW sales weaken worldwide. in August, the plant cut back and 400 workers were laid By the time the strike began VW had a stockpile of vehicles to cushion the of a strike. However, the strike caused layoffs throughout the of Puebla, whose one million are heavily dependent of auto


The settlement came at the end of intensive involving Mexican Labor Carlos Abascal and labor aimed at blocking the development of a movement against worsening conditions and the government of President Fox. The day before, telephone airline pilots and transit of the National Labor Union the three-year-old “reform” union that the VW workers are affiliated Mexico City’s highways for a few calling for a national strike.

The 1.5 UNT includes the much older of Autonomous Unions (FAT), a union group independent of the of Mexican Workers (CTM), the and corporatist unions tied to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary (PRI). The FAT works closely the United Electrical Workers in the US and the American AFL-CIO bureaucracy, has long been concerned a movement by Mexican workers CTM not take a leftward direction, the interests of US multinationals in Mexico and any similar movement by US workers.

The leaders of the Volkswagen workers and UNT called on President Fox to intervene to end the In the past the PRI and its affiliated CTM unions impose corporatist settlements to bring an end to strikes. This however, Fox, a former executive and leader of the free-market and PAN (National Action Party), to intervene, allowing VW to hold the against the workers’ wage The VW union officials continually the amount of their wage and until finally ending the largely on management’s terms.

In to VW’s threats to suspend Puebla state officials the auto giant more Puebla Governor Melquiades confirmed that he had met with from Volkswagen Mexico to his collaboration in improving business According to Morales, VW officials him that they would investing, although they not guarantee all the jobs of current VW

In both its Sao Paulo, Brazil and plants, VW makes use of so-called technology—which groups a series of factories close to an assembly order to sharply increase by its workers. The speedup prompted VW at the Sao Paulo plant to begin strikes last month to for productivity bonuses. The Puebla the third largest VW plant in the has doubled its output since the 1990s, although employment has from 20,000 to 12,400. the assistance of the union bureaucracy costs per car have dropped 10 percent of the total cost in to 3.7 percent last year.

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