General Motors

Rivethead - Ben Hamper

Down and out memoirs of a line assembly worker for GM Motors over the 1980s. In amongst co-workers going postal in the local bar, drinking on the job and witnessing mental breakdowns, Hamper wrote the book during his shifts on the shop floor.

Direct action gets the goods in Brazil

Faced with with over 1,000 redundancies, Brazilian GM workers walk off the job, and occupy the busiest highway route in the country. The bosses cave in, suspend their redundancy plans, and give the workers paid leave for their wildcat action.

Former GM workers sew their mouths shut and start hunger strike

Seven members of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of General Motors Colmotores (ASOTRECOL) have sewn their mouths shut and started an indefinite hunger strike until General Motors meet their demands.

Competition, bankruptcy, and the decline of the United Auto Workers

UAW retirees on the line

September 21st, 2011: The United Auto Workers and General Motors are wrapping up contract negotiations following their previous contract’s expiration on September 14th.

Temp work at General Motors Opel Bochum, 2007

Prol-Position on casualisation and agency working at General Motors in Germany in 2007.

Car industry disputes, 2005

Short roundups of various workers' struggles in the global automobile industry by Prol-Position in 2005.

Wildcat! The wartime strike wave in the auto industry - Ed Jennings

Patriotic?  Auto workers supporting World War II

Ed Jennings' account of the widespread movement of wildcat strikes in the United States auto industry during the period of the union-agreed no strike pledge.

In the heart of the heart of the country: The strike at Lordstown - Peter Herman

Vega assembly line at Lordstown, 1972

A detailed historical account and analysis of the dispute at the General Motors Lordstown plant in the early 1970s, examining the largely self-organised workers' sabotage and the union-controlled strike.

The end of the automobile

An analysis focusing on Germany of developments in the global car industry between its inception and the financial crisis of 2008-9.

Flint 1936-7: Diary of a sitdowner

Sitdown strikers in Fisher Body

The diary of one of the striking General Motors workers who occupied their factories between December 1936 and February 1937.