If GM wants to know what will happen when things get tough at its Opel plants, all it has to do is ask partner PSA. Workers at PSA’s doomed Aulnay plant “face jeers and threats, as well as eggs and other objects hurled by striking colleagues protesting against the shutdown and Peugeot’s restructuring plans,” as Reuters reports from the frontlines.
The two-week-old standoff between union pickets and the workers they brand as scabs “may only be a foretaste of more clashes to come as unions steeped in a culture of conflict fight restructuring plans,” the wire service writes.
Out of a total 3,000 workers, management says only 260 are striking, while the CGT union says it is up to 500. Several hundred more simply call in sick.