Workers Strike Astra Plant, Production Resumes Three Hours Later

Production of the Saturn and Opel Astra resumed around 1:30pm today following a brief three hour strike that halted assembly of GM's popular compacts. "It looks like we're in the clear," a Saturn insider told SaturnFans.com this afternoon. The spontaneous strike momentarily suspended production of the Saturn Astra at a critical time. The brand needs a steady flow of vehicles to support its launch of the new car in North America.

According to a Reuters report, a union official representing the Antwerp, Belgium plant said that workers were unhappy with "irregularities in their pay." An article at CNN's Money website reported that the "issue has been on-going for several years." Details about how the conflict was resolved were not available at the time this article was posted.

Sources: Reuters, CNNMoney.com, Saturn

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