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Fordís Genk Plant Remains Shut on Strikes at Suppliers

By Chris Reiter & Keith Naughton
Jan 18, 2013

Ford Motor Co. (F)ís production at its factory in Genk, Belgium, remained halted as protests over plans to shut the site next year showed no sign of letup after three months of disruption.

An agreement between Ford and unions approved by workers a week ago failed to result in a resumption of auto assembly after protesters blocked an adjacent supplier area, cutting off the flow of parts, said Adrian Schmitz, a spokesman for the carmakerís European operations in Cologne, Germany.

ďWe have an agreement with unions and are determined to implement that agreement to restart work at Genk,Ē Schmitz said by phone. With the factory closed, Ford is seeking to meet vehicle demand from existing stocks, he said.

Ford hasnít shipped a vehicle from Genk since saying Oct. 24 that the plant will shut for good in 2014, Mark Truby, another Ford of Europe spokesman, said by phone. Worker walkouts compounded the effects of scheduled suspensions in carmaking because of a shrinking European market, Schmitz said. The permanent shutdown is part of an effort to end losses in Europe that may exceed $1.5 billion a year in 2012 and 2013.

The carmaker also plans to shut a van plant in Southampton, England, this year along with a stamping facility in Dagenham, on the outskirts of London. The measures will lead to the loss of 6,200 jobs, or 13 percent of Dearborn, Michigan-based Fordís workforce in Europe.

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Re: Fordís Genk Plant Remains Shut on Strikes at Suppliers

I doubt I would buy a vehicle from a plant where the employees know they will be out of a job soon.
Too many people take things personal nowadays, and I wouldn't be surprised to see quality purposely compromised.

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Re: Fordís Genk Plant Remains Shut on Strikes at Suppliers

From the news in Belgium papers, what is happening is that the suppliers are striking so there are no parts in the assembly plant or available to build any vehicles. 95% of the workers agreed with the Unions agreement to begin work again, and showed up to work January 9, but there was only enough supplies to build 85 cars.
The workers who agreed to work were offered a nice incentive that was in the agreement that the Union negotiated with Ford.
The workers that agreed to work the Ford Europe designated 3 months schedule and build 40,000 vehicles, the worker would receive an additional 40% bonus of their usual salary .
Also at this time there are 7,000 Mondeo's, S-Max's & Galaxy's sitting there (Genk Assembly) since October 24, as the shippers refuse to ship them out.
Bottom line IMO is Ford has created a disaster in the way they handled this situation.
And to make matters worse is somehow Ford Europe has to try and sell the current Mondeo for another 2 years, because as far as has been reported , assembly in Valencia will not be ready to produce Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy until late 2014.

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