In an unexpected twist, the strike that broke out in the three automobile giants in the United States could intensify if they do not improve their salary offers, warns the sector’s union leader.
“If we don’t get fairer offers, we’ll take this even further,” said Shawn Fain, president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), in an exclusive interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Fain argues that General Motors, Ford and Stellantis “have no excuse” for not resolving wage disputes, given their lucrative track records in recent years.
“We’ve been ignored for decades,” Fain added, underscoring the growing frustration of the workers he represents.
Talks between the union and the three Detroit giants resumed Saturday with the goal of ending the strike.
A UAW source told AFP on Saturday that they had “reasonably productive conversations with Ford today.”
Since Friday, three plants have remained inactive: one of General Motors in Wentzville (Missouri), another of Stellantis in Toledo (Ohio) and a Ford subsidiary in Wayne (Michigan).
“Stellantis and the UAW have reached a critical phase of negotiations,” declared the group that emerged from the 2021 merger between Fiat Chrysler and the French PSA Group.
Stellantis has improved its offer and proposes an increase of “almost 21 %” over the four years of the new collective agreement, compared to 14.5 % the previous week.
For Fain, a 21 % offer is far from enough, and he argues that employees deserve the same 40 % pay increase given to car company managers.
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