Car workers at the Opel factory in West Germany have collected more than 30,000 Deutschmarks to send to their unemployed colleagues in the United States.
GV Opel car factory in Russelsheim
SV INTERIOR Workers on car production line (5 shots)
SV Collected money being counted (4 shots)
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Background: Car workers at the Opel factory in West Germany have collected more than 30,000 Deutschmarks to send to their unemployed colleagues in the United States. Opel, a subsidiary of the American firm General Motors, employs 34,000 workers at its plant in Russelsheim. America's automobile industry has suffered far more than its European counterpart, particularly in Detroit, where the state governor declared the city to be in a 'state of human emergency'. Detroit, which depends on car manufacturing, has an unemployment rate of 19 percent, and a third of the population receives some kind of public assistance. Two out of every three jobless workers have exhausted their benefits, and soup kitchens try to feed 20,000 people a week.