That was great! A crash course in Russian "management"! Anyone wonder why the country is still a dump? :lol:ZIL limousine (russian with english subtitles)
For Volvo (and likely Saab too) there was also the matter of what people at the "old" plants (Volvo Torslanda in Gothenburg) and HQ (Gothenburg) thought about the project.A journey in production practice in Volvo said:The Uddevalla is however the most radical example of Reflective production in Volvo. This plant was in all its aspects a humanistic production system. The cycle time was in general 480 minutes but one team of two female assembly workers assembled the entire car by themselves.
SourceA journey in production practice in Volvo. said:The suspicion against the Uddevalla project was solid in Torslanda. The alliances against the new concepts cut through management, middle management and blue-collar workers union. The middle management feared, of good reasons, that their positions as managers should be quite different and maybe threatened, in Uddevalla. The blue-collar union in Torslanda was very critical to the Uddevalla concept. It came to situations there the blue-collar union representatives in Uddevalla felt opposed by their organisation in Torslanda.
This was especially tough as the union members in Uddevalla felt they really were taking part in an important project to upgrade industrial blue-collar work. The difficulties to define the difference between a blue and white-collar worker in the new long cycle group oriented production systems were certainly one of the reasons. There was a fear that these new professional workers should leave the union. Another reason to the opposition from Torslanda was the fear that the experience and knowledge gained through years of industrial practice should be obsolete when new theories and methods proved competitive. Uddevalla would get into focus instead of Torslanda and individual knowledge and seniority from car industry should be overdone by the skills of young, maybe former fishermen and shipbuilders in Uddevalla.
Interesting enough the attitude from the central metal workers union turned out to be quite different from their largest member, the local branch at Volvo. They supported openly the Uddevalla project in the end and took an active role in the critical discussion following the close down of the plant.