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25 September 2016 19:22 (South Africa)

Suddenly, Ford's future is in doubt again

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Two weeks ago we reported about a great deal that Ford had reached with the leaders of the United Auto Workers' union (UAW). It gave Ford the green light for a cost-cutting exercise similar to one that GM and Chrysler managed only after going into Government-sponsored bankruptcy. Turns out the cork was popped too early. The UAW leadership understood that they will have not much choice, but their members decided that suicide is a better option. It started with local union in Louisville, Kentucky, where 84% voted to reject changes, claiming that the managers' sacrifice was not enough, then continued at Dearborn, Michigan where rejection was at a full 93%. Others followed quickly and emphatically. With the agreement truly dead now, the future of Ford's restructuring – and its future – is looking dubious again.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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