Spain: Worker Destroys Dozens of Vehicles Following Mass Layoffs at Daimler (Mercedes-Benz)

By Serran Soledad

On December 31, in Vitoria, Spain, a former employee of Daimler (commonly known as Mercedes-Benz), destroyed over 50 vans using a small tractor.

The 38-year-old, who was fired from Daimler back in 2017 for taking part in protests against the company’s mass layoffs, took on the individual action following another series of layoffs by the company.

Reports indicate the rebellious worker stole a small tractor and drove it 20 miles to his former worksite, breaking through the factory gate and causing an estimated 6 million Euros in damages. Reports further allege the worker attempted to access and sabotage the assembly-lines, but failed.

2020 saw workers’ unions in Spain hold multiple protests and demonstrations against the Daimler corporation following general concern for health risks during the pandemic as well as a newly imposed work model which would layoff between 10% and 15% of its workers.

Daimler is a multi-billion dollar German automotive corporation which has carried out a policy of mass layoffs in recent years, with the ultimate goal to “maximize profits,” as stated by CEO, Ola Källenius.

Looking closer however, the effects of the deepening economic crisis appear as a more substantial culprit of Daimler’s financial troubles and aggressive employment measures, with reports of a huge decline in annual profits from $7 billion in 2018 to $2 billion in 2019.

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