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The 2011 labor negotiations between the United Auto Workers and the Detroit Three have been a relatively quiet affair so far, but the story is a bit different on the other side of the globe. Toyota and the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union aren't seeing eye to eye, which has lead to a strike at facilities in Melbourne and Sydney. Well, most of the union's rank and file are striking.

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Toyota has closed the site of its first transplant birth-that is, the automaker's Port Melbourne, Australia plant where it assembled its first vehicles outside of Japan.

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John Conomos, Toyota of Australia's executive chairman has announced that he will be retiring, effective June 23. The 63-year-old won't disappear from the company's offices entirely, however-- he will be taking a lesser role as chair emeritus and 'principal policy advisor.'

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