Workers Injured at General Motors Plant in Bogota, Colombia Launch Hunger Strike
5 members of ASOTRECOL, the association of workers and ex-workers injured at the General Motors assembly plant in Bogota, Colombia will launch a hunger strike on Wednesday, August 1st. This comes after spending an entire year occupying the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Embassy in a peaceful protest that has been ignored by General Motors.
Suffering from occupational injuries that come from repetitive movements, lifting excessive weights, harmful body postures, and the accelerated work pace of the assembly line, these workers were dismissed from the company shortly after their injuries were detected in the company's medical facilities.
These workers, whose health has been destroyed, have been left without anything. They are unable to find work because of their debilitating injuries and the economic hardship has meant that many of the families have lost their houses, have had services such as water, electricity and gas cut off, and do not have enough to eat.
This hunger strike is a final attempt to get General Motors to respond to their asks of compensation, medical care, and reintegration into the company or re-training for other jobs. To symbolize their commitment to this hunger strike and to the justice that they are seeking, they will be sewing their mouths closed and plan to carry out the hunger strike to the death.
- "Kicked to the Curb" (10 minute overview of the struggle with interviews with the workers): http://youtu.be/Jd7cRGfhggU
- "Stolen Health for Corporate Wealth" (less than 2 minute short featuring interviews with Manuel and members of his family): http://youtu.be/d99WatHKZu0
- "Sick and Fired: the GM Way in Colombia" (Produced by the Labor Education Service from interviews recorded during the Labor Notes conference): http://youtu.be/dppPzdvsLos
- "Crisis of Credibility" (Short re-mix video combining footage of GM CEO Dan Akerson with testimony from workers and their families): http://youtu.be/UyuJEWj0adU