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      08-11-2010, 04:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy BMW 3-series Plant (Rosslyn) Closed Due to Strike

As reported on E90POST HOMEPAGE.

BMW's Rosslyn Plant in South Africa is currently closed due to the strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, and will remain closed until the strike is over. The Rosslyn plant currently produces BMW 3-series vehicles for the local market and for export to the USA, Canada, sub-Saharan Africa, Japan, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 3-series are however produced in other BMW plants around the world, including Leipzig, Munich, Jakarta, Regensburg, Chennai, and Selangor.

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BMW, GM, Toyota and others stop production in South Africa as strike begins

August 11, 2010


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -- South African autoworkers seeking wage increases more than triple the inflation rate went on an indefinite strike today, slamming the brakes on auto production in Africa's largest economy.

The powerful National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, which represents 31,000 autoworkers, said it had rejected employers' offer of a 7 percent increase in the first year and a raise equal to consumer price inflation in the remaining two years.

The union is demanding a 15 percent wage increase, well above inflation, which was at 4.2 percent in July.

"The employers should come on board because we have been negotiating with them for a period of more than two months now. Nothing has come out concretely out of those negotiations," union spokesman Castro Ngobese said.

NUMSA has asked an industry group -- which represents seven companies including Volkswagen AG, Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. -- for a one-year agreement guaranteeing a 15 percent wage rise.

The other companies are Nissan Motor Co., BMW AG and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz division.

The South African unit of German carmaker BMW said its local plant was closed as today until the strike was over.


"There is no way we can build cars without workers. There is no contingency plan in place," said Guy Kilfoil, a BMW spokesman in South Africa, adding he hoped the strike will be resolved soon through the Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organization, an industry group.

More talks

The Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organization said it had agreed to hold more talks.

"We have agreed to a further negotiations session on Thursday in Port Elizabeth for the next day or two," said Chris Thexton, the group's chairman.

Thexton said carmakers have either shut plants or seen production reduced to a trickle.

"I think the attendance levels or people reporting for duty despite the strike are up to 25 percent or even 35 percent in some cases," said Thexton.

Numsa said about 6,000 workers in tire manufacturing are not going to strike.

A strike could have a big impact on a South African auto industry that is already struggling to remain competitive and was poised for a recovery after two years of weak sales.

Motor vehicle production in South Africa is expected to hit 443,000 units in 2010 from 374,000 last year, according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

South Africa's government sees auto manufacturing as a key industry to help boost growth and jobs and has tried to help carmarkers build up exports.

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Im sure it will be resolved.
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Does this sound familiar at all....?
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No real loss, the Rosslyn cars are usually subpar to the German cars anyway.
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glad I got mine in June before the strike! haha
Looks like you have the 335is coupe.... I thought only the sedans were produced in Africa...
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No real loss, the Rosslyn cars are usually subpar to the German cars anyway.
Site THE source of your information?
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No real loss, the Rosslyn cars are usually subpar to the German cars anyway.
Um...no, they're not. I'm driving one.
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No real loss, the Rosslyn cars are usually subpar to the German cars anyway.
Typical (dumb) response.

Having owned a number of 3-series made in Germany and one made in South Africa, I can say with certainty that the one made in South Africa was actually the best of the bunch. It was well put together and definitely the most reliable.
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Strike at S. Africa plan?...........No problem, move production to the US some of our 30Million unemployed can have a job.

or, second

Move it back to Germany, doesn't Germany Historically have outrages high unemployment???
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I guess this will lead to a delay in the production of the 25 anniversary edition M3.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=415322
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Looks like you have the 335is coupe.... I thought only the sedans were produced in Africa...
my thoughts too......all 3er coupes and M3s and made in Germany while some non-M 3er sedans are made in S Afria ???
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Typical (dumb) response.

Having owned a number of 3-series made in Germany and one made in South Africa, I can say with certainty that the one made in South Africa was actually the best of the bunch. It was well put together and definitely the most reliable.
Not really a dumb response, just in my experience I have seen minor trim fasteners and what not improperly installed. Reliability does'nt really change reguardless of where the car is produced. As major components such as engines, transmissions, electronics, etc are not produced at the assembly plant. If you compare paint finishes the orange peel is more pronounced on the SA cars. I prefer the German or Spartanburg cars to SA cars. My first 328 ws built in SA and all of the fasteners that hold the driver's rocker moulding in place were not properly installed and the orange peel had way more texture. When I special ordered my 335 I requested it be built in Germany and it was manufacured at Regensburg, it had none of these assembly issues and the paint quality was far better. Also SA cars still come with battery switches when all other cars from all other plants do not. I see these cars every day so I do know a little about what I'm talking about.
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Not really a dumb response, just in my experience I have seen minor trim fasteners and what not improperly installed. Reliability does'nt really change reguardless of where the car is produced. As major components such as engines, transmissions, electronics, etc are not produced at the assembly plant. If you compare paint finishes the orange peel is more pronounced on the SA cars. I prefer the German or Spartanburg cars to SA cars. My first 328 ws built in SA and all of the fasteners that hold the driver's rocker moulding in place were not properly installed and the orange peel had way more texture. When I special ordered my 335 I requested it be built in Germany and it was manufacured at Regensburg, it had none of these assembly issues and the paint quality was far better. Also SA cars still come with battery switches when all other cars from all other plants do not. I see these cars every day so I do know a little about what I'm talking about.
There has been a great deal of discussion about this before, and the consensus was that the S. African cars have not been of any less quality than cars made in Germany - and in fact - there were some statistics that showed the cars made in SA were actually a bit more uniformly produced (less variances among final units produced). There was even someone that worked at the plant that was on these boards some time ago. In addition, apparently the SA plant won has won awards and also set various benchmarks in quality and productivity for BMW plants all over the world.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57258

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=382213

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=346157

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111516

In any event, hopefully the strike issue gets worked out sooner rather than later - or some people are going to be really pissed (I know I would be)!

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Tell me about it, my 3% raise was nice.
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Not really a dumb response, just in my experience I have seen minor trim fasteners and what not improperly installed. Reliability does'nt really change reguardless of where the car is produced. As major components such as engines, transmissions, electronics, etc are not produced at the assembly plant. If you compare paint finishes the orange peel is more pronounced on the SA cars. I prefer the German or Spartanburg cars to SA cars. My first 328 ws built in SA and all of the fasteners that hold the driver's rocker moulding in place were not properly installed and the orange peel had way more texture. When I special ordered my 335 I requested it be built in Germany and it was manufacured at Regensburg, it had none of these assembly issues and the paint quality was far better. Also SA cars still come with battery switches when all other cars from all other plants do not. I see these cars every day so I do know a little about what I'm talking about.
I personally think that u are breaking wind through your mouth (keyboard)! Sorry! Oh...lkw15 beat me to it with the info. Do a little bit of homework before passing such misinformed statements. You make yourself look very one dimensional. Just an observation!

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Not really a dumb response, just in my experience I have seen minor trim fasteners and what not improperly installed. Reliability does'nt really change reguardless of where the car is produced. As major components such as engines, transmissions, electronics, etc are not produced at the assembly plant. If you compare paint finishes the orange peel is more pronounced on the SA cars. I prefer the German or Spartanburg cars to SA cars. My first 328 ws built in SA and all of the fasteners that hold the driver's rocker moulding in place were not properly installed and the orange peel had way more texture. When I special ordered my 335 I requested it be built in Germany and it was manufacured at Regensburg, it had none of these assembly issues and the paint quality was far better. Also SA cars still come with battery switches when all other cars from all other plants do not. I see these cars every day so I do know a little about what I'm talking about.
I can agree with this statement from what I have seen. (I live in South Africa)
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Same old same old...

strikes are fast become the norm over here. Whenever you're unhappy with something. find a cardboard box, write some stupid shit on it and run down the road like an uncivilised prick. Just don't forget to sing pointless songs and make ridiculous demands.

Once they give in and meet the demands, then go back to work and do what you've been doing since you were hired.... NOTHING
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You clearly didn't see that Chinese workers are striking too and jobs are going to Malaysia, Philipines, and to lower wage countries as China companies have accepted up to 25% wage increase...
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