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Germany’s Left Party and the closure of GM-Opel’s Bochum plant

By Dietmar Henning, December 19, 2012

The closure of the GM Opel plant in Bochum is the first such auto plant closure in Germany since 1949.

India: Thousands join convention and protest to defend victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, December 15, 2012

The convention and march underscores growing militancy among auto workers in India who want to fight the slave labour conditions they are subjected to.

Detroit area auto workers speak on passage of Michigan right-to-work law

By a WSWS reporting team, December 15, 2012

Reporting teams interviewed workers at two auto plants on the significance of the reactionary legislation passing in Michigan.

GM-Opel plant in Germany to be shut down

By Dietmar Henning, December 12, 2012

GM-Opel has announced the closure of the plant in Bochum, Germany, by 2016.

Behind the UAW’s “support” for the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, December 5, 2012

The United Auto Workers union in the United States has issued a letter of protest against the firing and arrests of workers at a Maruti Suzuki India plant.

“The eight-hour day is a thing of the past”

UAW sanctions “alternative” work schedule at Chrysler

By Jerry White, November 30, 2012

In an effort to pump ever-greater productivity and profits out of auto workers, Chrysler is implementing a so-called Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) at its stamping, assembly and parts plants throughout the country.

India: Thousands protest victimization of Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, November 14, 2012

Victimized workers from Maruti-Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a series of protests last week to demand their reinstatement and to fight for the release of 149 workers who have been beaten and tortured while in police custody.

Belgium: 20,000 protest against closure of Ford plant in Genk

By our reporters, November 13, 2012

The closure will throw 4,600 workers at the factory and more than 5,000 employees in related industries out of work.

“Many could have been tortured to death,” charges lawyer for jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers

By Arun Kumar, November 13, 2012

In an interview with the World Socialist Web Site, one of the lawyers who represents the 149 jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers described how many of them have been brutally tortured by police.

Germany: Opel auto plant on brink of closure

By Dietmar Henning, November 5, 2012

Works councils and the IG Metall trade union have deceived car workers about the closure of Opel’s Bochum plant.

SEP candidate Jerry White speaks to Chrysler workers in Detroit

By a WSWS reporting team, November 3, 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and a team of supporters spoke to Chrysler workers at a campaign rally Friday afternoon.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party conceals plans for historic attack on European auto workers

By Alex Lantier, October 30, 2012

As European automakers and trade unions prepare job and wage cuts, the NPA is advancing justifications for their reactionary policies.