Amadeusz Juskowiak

Daimler output could be affected by dispute

DaimlerBenz AG DAIGF said its car production could fall by 150 cars a day in the foreseeable future if works councils continue to refuse to approve the firms requests for employees to work overtime when necessary

A company spokesman said the works council at Daimlers Unterturkheim plant which makes axles and other components for Daimler cars has withheld approval for overtime since the beginning of the month The IG Metall metalworkers union in the state of BadenWuerttemberg has called on works councils in the state to reject overtime in a bid to get industry to employ more workers

The Daimler spokesman said the lack of overtime work at the Unterturkheim plant could eventually affect car output at other plants but added he was unable to say when this might occur

A spokesman for DrIng HC F Porsche AG PSHGF which is also located in BadenWuerttemberg said he did not think Porsche would suffer any loss of production because of a ban on overtime by its own works councils

A strike by IG Metall in BadenWuerttemberg in 1984 closed down the German car industry for about seven weeks as the union sought to win a 35hour working week for its members It later settled for a reduction in the working week to 385 hours

The spokesman said Daimlers total output of cars was currently around 2500 a day