Via Andrew Bolt, two great articles on how the union movement was responsible for destroying Toyota’s manufacturing in Australia:
The former head of Toyota Australia and one of its top supplier executives say combative industrial relations helped trigger the company’s decision to stop making cars.
John Conomos, who worked at Toyota in senior roles for almost 30 years including as executive chairman, said he could understand the company’s frustration at union resistance to changing workplace entitlements and practices…
“The old fashioned ideas of labour unions simply must change,” he said…
Gary Stewart, the former general manager of a Toyota “keiretsu” supplier, Aisin Australia, said the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union gave the company a “two-fingered salute” when it blocked workplace changes in court rather than negotiate.
It was the last straw for the company and gave ammunition to “hawks” at Toyota who supported the pull-out in a finely balanced decision, he said.
“If it is not the only cause it is certainly at the top of the file.”My opinion is that if Toyota had broken through its IR issues – then most probably Toyota would have tried to continue in Australia.” Read more