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STUTTGART, Germany, July 12 (Reuters) - German-American auto maker DaimlerChrysler (XETRA:DCXGn.DE - News) may cut 6,000 jobs and shift some production of the new C-class models outside of Germany if its works council opposes deeper cost cuts, it said on Monday.

Until now, employee representatives have agreed to just 180 million euros ($223 million) in annual personnel cost cuts despite demands from management to save 500 million euros, the firm said.

Guenter Fleig, Daimler's management board member responsible for personnel, said the possible job cuts would be at the company's Sindelfingen plant near Stuttgart.

The company wants to move production of the C-class, due in 2007, to its more efficient Bremen plant in northern Germany and to its East London factory in South Africa and wants to drop plans to build derivative models.

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It's ashame we wouldn't see that here in the US... "sacrifice for the good of the company or be gone."

Because the UAW really needs to have it's butt kicked into gear.
 

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But if you sacrifice for the company and then no one can buy consumer goods and the company goes under anyway, what' the point?
 

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Originally posted by banzai79@Jul 12 2004, 06:27 PM
But if you sacrifice for the company and then no one can buy consumer goods and the company goes under anyway, what' the point?
You don't pay your workers for the express purpose of them buying your product. If that's how an economy worked, we would be living in a Marxist society, because economics would have failed us. People can find jobs if they want them. Sure, those jobs might be pretty lousy and not pay very well, and may even require a significant lifestyle change. But it's ultimately the responsibility of the individual to find their own source of income. What happened to personal responsibility?

If workers aren't doing a good enough job to be competitive, then they should accept responsibility and help cut costs. The UAW gets more money for less work than any other industry union. Where else can you be assured of 20 years continued pay after your plant is closed down because it was no longer of any value to the parent company? The UAW is sucking money away from the domestic auto makers on stupid things like that all the time. It's one thing to demand severance pay.. it's another thing entirely to carelessly hurt the company that has treated you so well.

If you want to keep working at a company that is struggling, you're going to have to feel the pain of cost cutting. When that company is on top again, you'll get a bit more money for having helped out through the hard times. That's how it's supposed to work, but I guess people think anymore that they can set their own wages.
 
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