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Work Stops At Car Plant In Planned Day Of Action

Published tisdag 19 oktober 2004 kl 13.17

Thousands of employees at Saab’s car plant in Sweden and other European factories owned by General Motors have staged protests today against the carmaker’s plan to slash 12,000 jobs across the continent.

Worked stopped for two hours today at Saab’s Trollhättan plant where 540 jobs are to go.

Workers at Bochum’s Opel factory in Germany, believed to be the worst hit, met in a market square with union flags and banners proclaiming ”We are fighting bad management.”

Staff there have stayed off the job since last week’s GM cuts announcement and say they won’t return to work unless they receive assurances that noone will be fired.

GM says it must reduce overhead costs to cope with sluggish consumer demand and increased competition.

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