Staff at three of America’s biggest carmakers have gone on strike in an unprecedented co-ordinated action.
More than 10,000 workers are participating in the walkout, which targets three plants owned by General Motors (GM), Ford and Stellantis.
The firms and the United Auto Workers union (UAW) are fighting over terms of new labour agreements.
The work stoppage threatens to trigger higher car prices and major disruption for the motor industry giants.
As the current contract expired on Thursday, the UAW’s president Shawn Fain said that it was now up to the companies to resolve the dispute.
“When they start taking care of their workers it will end,” he said.
The strike started at midnight eastern time at GM’s Wentzville, Missouri, mid-size truck plant, Ford’s Bronco plant in Michigan and the Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, owned by Stellantis.
The plants are critical to the production of some of the “Detroit Three’s” most profitable vehicles.
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