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After management announced plans to lay off 1,340 workers, the proles at VW-owned SEAT decided that they'd had enough and are planning a strike. The suits complain that other VW brands, including Skoda, whose cars are built in Eastern Europe and thus cost less to produce, are cutting into their sales, and thus the need to cut 8% of their workforce. Frankly, we wonder about the need for SEAT at all; it seems to us that VW's got enough brands to cover the mass-market spread in Europe with Skoda, Volkswagen and Audi. While SEAT posted a profit last year, they said they'll finish this one in the red if costs aren't cut ASAP.

Seat staff to strike over layoffs [BBC]

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