Works Council and union at Ford Saarlouis to implement plant closure


Because the quick grief and anger in regards to the deliberate closure of Ford’s long-standing plant in Saarlouis subsides, it’s critical to drawn classes from the experiences of the final years, and the final six months particularly. The roles should not but misplaced, however a combat have to be initiated now. However that’s precisely what administration, the works council, IG Metall union and the Social Democratic Occasion (SPD) state authorities need to forestall.

Employees at Ford-Saarlouis after the June 23, 2022 works assembly [Photo: WSWS] [Photo: WSWS]

When Ford introduced on Wednesday that it will produce its future electrical fashions in Valencia and never in Saarlouis, the 4,600 Saarlouis staff reacted with anger and indignation. Nevertheless, the works council regards its foremost job as to not defend the roles on the plant however solely to make sure manufacturing continues easily till 2025, and guaranteeing the orderly winding down of the plant till then.

That’s the backside line, each from the works assembly, which ran from 7:30 a.m. to just about 2 p.m. Thursday, and from the quite a few press interviews Works Council Chairman Markus Thal has been giving seemingly continuous since Wednesday.

On Thursday morning, even earlier than the works assembly started, administration had unfold the assertion from Ford’s European boss Stuart Rowley, by which he made all types of empty guarantees to his “colleagues.” Ford, he stated, was engaged on “concrete alternate options,” together with components manufacturing for Ford or recycling batteries or electrical autos, promoting the plant to different firms, together with different automakers, and “enterprise actions in partnership with the federal government of the Saarland.” All of that is scorching air. A employee from the rank-and-file Ford Motion Committee instantly denounced all of the proposals made by Ford amounted to “cheap-wage work.”

On the conclusion of the works assembly, the works council introduced in Minister President Anke Rehlinger (SPD) by video as she learn her official assertion within the state parliament. Ford Europe chief Stuart Rowley had already introduced that Ford was “set[ing] up a job pressure that may concretize the above-mentioned choices along with the Saarland state authorities,” she stated.

Rehlinger herself criticized the eventualities introduced by Ford as being too imprecise. However she supplied nothing extra concrete both. She demanded that Ford give you “its personal concepts and proposals” on how “the best attainable variety of jobs may be secured on the website past 2025.” For workers, the state wished to arrange “a central contact level with all vital info” on the state-owned “transformation firm.”


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