Video: 33 General Motors Factories Shut Down Due To Strikes
The United States' United Auto Workers (UAW) has declared the largest strike in 12 years, protesting the closure of several General Motors plants and demanding higher wages. About 46 thousand employees did not go to work, which completely paralyzed 33 factories and 22 warehouses of the concern.
- According to Automotive News, the parties had not previously agreed on the extension of the common working contract. The union demanded a wage increase amid General Motors' record revenue over the past few years, and opposed the decision to close four factories in Michigan and Ohio.
- For its part, the concern offered wage increases, medical benefits and investments in the amount of seven billion dollars, which will create 5,400 new jobs, but did not agree to keep the closed enterprises.
- General Motors currently has a stock of cars that will last for the next 77 days, but each day of the strike will cost the concern roughly $ 50 million.
The previous large-scale strike at General Motors enterprises took place in 2007. Then 73 thousand employees did not work for 54 days, which is why the concern lost about two billion dollars.
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