BMW workers are striking in South Africa; output affected

Article by Anita Panait, on August 16, 2013

Over 2,000 workers at BMW's Rossyln site in South Africa have launched a strike action over pay.  Guy Kilfoil, BMW's spokesman in South Africa, said that the workers’ strike at the Rosslyn site just outside Pretoria has likely resulted to a loss of production of nearly 1,700 3-series sedans as of the end of Wednesday.

Kilfoil said production of the cars will be re-allocated to other BMW plants around the world. He said the situation affects BMW’s reputation with customers “quite badly." The Rossyln site builds 82,000 cars annually, almost 70,000 of which are exported to countries like the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia. O

n the other hand, the country’s biggest union for the manufacturing sector -- the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) – is planning to launch a national strike in the auto industry from Aug. 19, 2013, following deadlocked wage negotiations, a senior union official disclosed to Reuters.

Alex Mashilo, chief negotiator for NUMSA, told Reuters that the national strike will likely affect carmakers like Toyota and Ford Motor Co. Mashilo remarked that NUMSA’s national executive committee will “formalize the strike notice” Friday for the start of a national strike on Aug. 19. He added that the strike will continue until a wage settlement is reached.

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