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GM Facing Labor Crisis in India

Plant management looking to replace striking workers.

by on Apr.08, 2011

Worker pushing a trolley at a GM Halol plant.

Seems like General Motors can’t run from labor unrest.

Some 1,600 workers have struck at the GM Halol plant in India, which produces Cruze and Aveo vehicles.

Workers paid 47 to 92 cents an hour are claiming they have been shortchanged on their overtime pay and that more than 269 workers have suffered spinal cord injuries due to unsafe working conditions.

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Meanwhile, GM’s local plant management has unilaterally imposed a mandatory 20 percent increase in daily production goals, which labor advocates claim will only result in more work injuries.  Managers reportedly also are attempting to replace strikers with non-union replacement workers.

So far, the workers have been out on strike for three weeks. They want their Gujarat Kamdar Mandal union recognized with a collective contract so workers finally have a voice.