Blog: GM's European plant volumes and employment
Dave Leggett | 29 October 2003
I don't know if the German VDA still conducts its survey of labour costs in the industry across Europe, but it used to show Germany way out on top in terms of hourly labour rates for assembly workers - with Iberian countries at the bottom. In 2002, GM's Bochum Germany plant made 292,000 Astras and Zafiras, with 8,300 - quite pricey remember - workers. But Zaragoza Spain managed some 380,000 Corsas (and deriviants) with 8,200 (el cheapo) workers. But I'm not saying that the situation is easy to resolve, just that the chickens sometimes come home to roost when companies are too late or reluctant to take difficult decisions on capacity.
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