Unions in ultimatum to NedCar
4 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Trade unions warned on Tuesday of strike action at Dutch car manufacturer NedCar if the employment of the current workforce is not guaranteed.
4 April 2006
AMSTERDAM — Trade unions warned on Tuesday of strike action at Dutch car manufacturer NedCar if the employment of the current workforce is not guaranteed.
The FNV Bondgenoten, De Unie and CNV BedrijvenBond unions told the management it must seek a commitment that there will be no job cuts when executives meet with factory owner Mitsubishi on 11 April.
It was reported on Monday that Mitsubishi wants to cut 1,000 of the 3,000 staff at the only car-making plant in the Netherlands.
The unions also want Mitsubishi to permit a search for a partner to fully utilise the production capacity at the factor in the town of Born. The workers will take strike action if these demands are not met, the unions warned.
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]
Subject: Dutch news