Unions warned that further strike action would follow at the Dutch plant in Born, if the strike today did not result in any firm commitments.
MMC said: “We understand the concerns and anxieties of the workforce in the aftermath of DaimlerChrysler´s announcement but NedCar management, social partners and employees must work together to develop and implement a plan to improve NedCar’s cost competitiveness.”
NedCar produced 115,000 cars in 2005, including the Mitsubishi Colt and the Smart Forfour. Production will be reduced to 70/80,000 Colts a year.
In an attempt to calm NedCar nerves, Mitsubishi said it was ‘committed to produce the current Colt range until the end of its normal life-cycle’.