First strike hit GM in twelve years

The American car giant General Motors (GM) is suffering from the first strike in twelve years. Staff have left work at dozens of locations in the United States because of a conflict about wages and jobs, among other things.

Trade union United Auto Workers (UAW) proclaimed the promotion, despite a new proposal from the GM board. He wants to raise wages, invest 7 billion dollars in 8 American factories and promised 5,400 extra jobs. According to the UAW, the proposal is inadequate in various areas, including health care and the use of temporary workers.

It is said that around 48,000 employees stopped working at the car giant. According to experts, GM may lose 50 million dollars per day that the strike lasts. In 2007 there was a short two-day strike at GM. A more painful strike was in 1998, in the city of Flint in Michigan. Work was deposited there for 54 days, which cost GM more than $ 2 billion.

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