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UAW forms local union in VW Chattanooga plant vicinity

11 July, 2014IndustriALL Global Union welcomes a move by affiliate UAW to set up a local branch for Volkswagen workers after it narrowly lost a battle for union representation at the carmaker’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

UAW and VW one step closer to recognition

13 November, 2014After several years of campaigning to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, UAW is supported by a majority of workers. Now the company opens a formal dialogue with the union.

VW workers declare indefinite strike against redundancies at Taubaté plant in Brazil

24 August, 2015On 17 August, Volkswagen announced that 100 workers are to lose their jobs at its plant in Taubaté, Brazil. Workers have responded by declaring an indefinite strike. IndustriALL Global Union offers its support and solidarity to the workers and calls on the company to negotiate in order to avoid an unwanted dispute.

Blatant violation of labour rights at Benteler in Russia

13 December, 2012Dmitry Khokhlov, an assembly line operator at Benteler, a VW supplier in Kaluga, Russia, and a union activist, was rehired in accordance with a court decision — and then immediately fired again. Benteler HR director said the court’s order ‘goes against corporate ethics’.

Kenyan union demands decent jobs in the auto sector

13 September, 2018The automotive sector in Kenya is experiencing a growth spurt, with global companies Isuzu, Nissan, Scania, Tata, Toyota, and Volkswagen expanding assembly lines. With fewer permanent jobs and more precarious work, unions say this growth is of little benefit to workers.

VW Chattanooga workers win important victory

14 April, 2016Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, USA, are a big step closer to collective bargaining representation, as the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rules to uphold the results of a democratic work place election in December 2015.

Action needed on Uyghur slave labour

18 November, 2020The Chinese government continues to hold members of the Uyghur minority group in forced labour camps. Goods produced by these enslaved workers – particularly cotton – are entering global supply chains.

South African metalworkers win 35% wage increase

16 September, 2016NUMSA has concluded a negotiation with car makers for a 35 per cent wage increase over three years.

Why are so many auto plants closing?

5 March, 2019Auto plants provide well-paid, highly skilled and heavily unionized work, so a spate of plant closures and retrenchments in several countries is worrying for unions. While we need to fight closures plant by plant, we also need to understand the wider structural drivers.

UAW loses election at VW Chattanooga by narrow margin

18 June, 2019Just as in 2014, right wing politicians, pressure groups, the company and union busting law firms invested all they could to prevent IndustriALL affiliate UAW from winning the union elections at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.