Mitsubishi rescues Colts from NedCar
6 April 2006 AMSTERDAM – Mitsubishi sent over 20 extra lorries to the NedCar production plant in the Dutch town of Born on Thursday to remove its stock of finished Colt cars.
6 April 2006
AMSTERDAM – Mitsubishi sent over 20 extra lorries to the NedCar production plant in the Dutch town of Born on Thursday to remove its stock of finished Colt cars.
A spokesperson for the Japanese company said Mitsubishi wants to avoid employees taking the cars "hostage" in a dispute about the factory's future.
"We don't want to enter a situation wherein we can't deliver cars to the customers, due to action by the trade unions. Such a situation would be bad for both Mitsubishi and NedCar," the spokesperson said.
Mitsubishi sends 45 lorries to NedCar everyday to collect Colts and bring them to the customers. An additional 22 lorries were sent to Born on Thursday to ensure all the finished cars will be removed from NedCar by Friday.
Director Wiel Crins of trade union FNV Bondgenoten said he was surprised by Mitsubishi's action. He wondered whether this was a forerunner of bad news from Mitsubishi. "If they wanted to come with good news, they wouldn't had done this," Crins said.
Arthur Bot, director of Union CNV Bedrijvenbond,also reacted with shock: he called Mitsubishi's action an 'unhealthy development'. "Mitsubishi won't put in much effort during the negotiations this coming Tuesday. Mitsubishi is preparing for a conflict," he predicted.
Bot and Crins said it was not possible to stop Mitsubishi removing the cars from NedCar. "It will only cause wild-west scenes," Bot said. NedCar didn't respond to this.
Several hundred employees downed tools and halted production at NedCar on Monday after the report one of the two production shifts is to be scrapped. This would mean the loss of up to 1,000 jobs.
The company has shed 1,700 jobs in the last two years. The Smart ForFour and Mitsubishi Colt cars are made at Born. But Smart is halting production and it is unclear whether work on the successor to the Colt will be given to the Dutch factory.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
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