Workers may be losers in Mexico’s car boom

06/18/15 The Washington Post

— It wasn’t a planned strike, more an impromptu protest: a group of assembly-line workers at the Mazda car factory one spring morning just stepped away from their posts.

In addition to long, strenuous hours, they said, they endured constant taunts from one assistant manager, who also had allegedly sexually harassed an employee. They refused to work until they could air their grievances with his superiors.

“We showed up but we decided not to work,” said Eder Capetillo, a 29-year-old worker who participated in the one-day halt in March. “We were asking for respect.”

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Mazda to Increase Production Capacity in Mexico

Canada Newswire, 1/3/2013

mexico-carsMazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C. V (MMMdM), a joint venture production company owned by Mazda Motor Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation, announced on January 3, 2012 that production capacity at its plant currently under construction in Salamanca, Mexico will be increased in the fiscal year ending March 2016. MMMdM, will commence operations at the new plant in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ending March 2014 with an initial production of 140,000 units annually. Capacity will be increased to 230,000 units in the fiscal year ending March 2016. The increase will accommodate the additional annual production of approximately 50,000 Toyota-branded vehicles, beginning in the summer of 2015, as well as the increasing worldwide demand for Mazda’s SKYACTIV vehicles.

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