Germany - Daimler agrees to secure jobs for a decade at Sindelfingen - December 17, 2009

On 9 December, management at Daimler's biggest car factory in Germany signed a shop agreement that secures their jobs for 10 years, a guarantee that brought an end to protests over moving production to the US, organized by the IG Metall union and the local works council. All 37,000 employees at the Sindelfingen plant will not face any forced redundancies until the end of 2019, Daimler states. The Financial Times stressed that deal is unusual even in a country where similar agreements for shorter periods were common before the financial crisis. Daimler is to create 2,700 new jobs to compensate for moving production of the best-selling Mercedes C-Class saloon from Sindelfingen to Tuscaloosa in the US. The new jobs will stem from shifting production of the SL roadster model from Bremen to Sindelfingen and a pledge to continue producing the new generations of E-Class and S-Class saloons at the plant. The union is prepared to moderate its wage demands across German industry in an effort to save jobs.

There is an escape clause for Daimler if the economy deteriorates rapidly.

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