Earlier today, Friday, September 15, the strike against Ford, General Motors and Stellantis broke out in the United States.
This is because thousands of workers, nearly 13,500, from the three automotive plants Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, left their jobs to reach a collective contract agreement.
A selective strike takes place at the request of:
- 46% salary increase
- Bring back traditional pensions
- Reduction of the working day
- Unionization of battery factory workers
It should be noted that this is the first time that the factories of the three companies have declared simultaneous strikes and that this may cause a break in the automotive supply chain.
These are Ford, General Motors and Stellantis factories that stopped working
The strike began at 00:01 on Friday, September 15 at Ford, General Motors and Stellantis factories located in:
- The General Motors plant in Wentzville, Missouri
- Stellantis is located in Toledo County, Ohio
- La Ford de Michigan, Michigan
The announcement of the start of the strike was made by Shawn Fein, president of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW), in the United States, who warned of a work stoppage if an agreement was not reached with the companies for the signing of a new collective agreement.
It is important to mention that the signing of the contract continues since July 2023 and will cover the next 4 years, however, the UAW assured that the companies did not negotiate “in good faith.”
Likewise, there is a threat of a possible extension of the selective strike in several plants of Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, because there are close to 140 thousand workers in the companies affiliated with the said union.
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What are the consequences of the strike at Ford, General Motors and Stellantis in the United States?
Among the main consequences of the strike by Ford, General Motors and Stellantis in the United States, those who will suffer the impact in Mexico are the industrial supplier plants.
Well, in Saltillo, Coahuila, in Mexico, which is considered a leading region in the export and production of auto parts by these companies, there may be a fracture in the supply chain.
In that sense, the value chain has problems; people who sell auto parts will be most affected by the strike at Ford, General Motors and Stellantis.
It emphasized that the strike took place a few months after the automotive industry recovered from the disruption of global supply chains following the Covid-19 pandemic, and the relocation of industries.