вторник, 22 февраля 2011 г.

История из прошлого

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$400M bonuses from GM.

Less than two years after entering bankruptcy, General Motors will extend millions of dollars in bonuses to most of its 48,000 hourly workers as a reward for the company's rapid turnaround after it was rescued by the government.

In the four years leading up to its 2009 bankruptcy, GM piled up more than $80 billion in losses and was burdened by enormous debt and costly labor contracts.
"On the whole, we made tremendous progress last year," CEO and Chairman Dan Akerson said Monday in an e-mail message to employees announcing the payments. "With our collective teamwork, this can be just the beginning."
The company made $4.2 billion in the first nine months of 2010 and is expected to announce a fourth-quarter profit soon.
Most of GM's hourly workers will get a record payment of more than $4,000 — more than double the previous record in 1999, at the height of the boom in sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. Nearly all 28,000 white-collar workers such as engineers and managers will get 4 to 16 percent of their base pay. A few — less than 1 percent — will get 50 percent or more.

From msnbc.com

вторник, 15 февраля 2011 г.

Fiat to begin Bertone plant talks

MILAN (Reuters) -- Italian automaker Fiat will start talks over plans to relaunch its niche car producing plant know as ex-Bertone on Tuesday, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said.

In 2009, Fiat bought Carrozzeria Bertone SpA, the production arm of Italy's Bertone, which continues to operate independently in design and engineering.

"Negotiations for the ex-Bertone plant start tonight," Marchionne told a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, adding Fiat would seek more flexible labor rules similar to those agreed at its Mirafiori and Pomigliano plants.

In the 1970s, Bertone designed the only Ferrari model not produced by Pininfarina, the curvaceous Dino 308 GTX.

A trade union source said the planned investments for ex-Bertone were seen around 600 million euros ($810 million) and one possible option is to produce Maserati models.

The plant's 1,200-1,300 employees, laid off eight years ago, are benefiting from a state-backed salary scheme, the source said.