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Columbian Labor Dispute Threatens Big Problems for GM in Other Markets

Protesters stage hunger strike.

by on Sep.12, 2012

A dispute at GM's Columbian plant has triggered a hunger strike by workers and their supporters.

The small General Motors plant in Bogota, Columbia generally isn’t regarded as critical to GM’s fortunes in Latin America.

But a long-simmering labor dispute in Bogota between GM’s local management and a handful of determined strikers is making waves and now threatens to involve workers from GM’s much more critical operations in Brazil where workers have begun calling on the automaker to respect the human rights of the Columbian workers.

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“We know that not only in Brazil are we being attacked by GM’s plans. We also know that in Colombia, Mexico, France and Germany (GM wants) to end the jobs and workers’ rights,” Herbert Claros da Silva, vice president of the metalworkers union in San Jose dos Campos, said in a letter to activists from the Autoworkers Caravan.