* Says workers "happy to have direct access to management"
* Rebuffs unions' push for representation at U.S. plants
* Comments come as VW talks with UAW over Tennessee plant
FRANKFURT, Sept 10 Daimler said it
saw no need for a German-style works council at its plant in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, rebuffing unions' efforts to gain influence
over foreign-owned U.S. auto plants.
"We just don't need it," the production chief for the
carmaker's Mercedes brand, Andreas Renschler, told journalists
at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday.
Renschler added that while he was "no fan" of the idea,
management would remain neutral and leave the decision to
workers whether to organise themselves.
"The governor of Alabama (Robert Bentley) said himself that
he doesn't want factories oriented towards trade unions. Workers
are happy because they have direct access to management,"
Organised labour in Germany has pushed for the Tuscaloosa
plant to have workers' representation, while U.S. labour union
United Auto Workers (UAW) has been trying to organise
foreign-owned, U.S.-based auto plants to bolster union
membership that has shrunk since its peak in the late 1970s.
Volkswagen AG <VOWG_p.DE >, Europe's biggest carmaker,
entered talks with the UAW about representing the 2,500
employees at its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant.
The UAW was not immediately available to comment on