As the Detroit auto industry’s strike against major automakers enters its sixth day, more issues are being created. The supply chain has been impacted by the strike, which has led to temporary layoffs of non-striking workers.
Ford claimed that the strike is to blame for the layoffs. The department was currently on strike, which had an effect on their operations. The workers involved in a unique protective procedure called “e-coating” on some car parts were on strike.
13,000 UAW employees are taking part in the strike at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan assembly plant, one of the affected locations. There are 600 employees who are not part of the strike but are unable to work because they produce Ford Broncos and their particular line of work requires a unique procedure that is not currently available due to the strike.
This strike has effects that extend beyond the suppliers. Ford has warned that it may take more than a year or even two to fully restore the automotive supply chain, which will have an effect on both manufacturers and suppliers.
A 40% wage increase for automotive workers is one of the union’s main demands; this is a contentious matter in the current negotiations.