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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.


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.