Plight of GM Workers

Taking the Plight of Injured ex-GM Workers to Shareholders’ Doors

August 7, 2016

Paige Shell-Spurling and Joe Soto are riding up and down America’s East Coast in an effort to get board members and shareholders to care about the thousands of Colombian GM workers who get injured on the job and then fired without compensation in Bogota

Colombian GM Workers Engaged in 5-Year Long Protest

April 11, 2016

Frank Hammer, a retired GM worker from Detroit and labor activist, reports on his visit with GM workers in Colombia and their 5-year protest at the US embassy

Colombia’s US Embassy To Evict GM Protestors From 2-Year Encampment, After Worker Ties Himself to Cross

August 14, 2013

Frank Hammer: GM worker ties himself to a cross to get embassy’s attention over GM’s unsafe factories, refusal to pay disability claims, and the firing of injured workers.

GM Rejects Talks as Ex-worker Enters 71st Day Of Hunger-Strike

January 30, 2013

Ex-workers and their supporters aim to pressure GM to negotiate with employees injured at auto plant in Colombia

Detroit Autoworker Joins Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Colombian Workers

December 9, 2012

Melvin Thompson, a UAW local president, has joined Jorge Parra on hunger strike to support his bid to force GM to negotiate rights of Columbian workers

Colombian GM Workers Back on Hunger Strike After Negotiations Break Down

September 17, 2012

TRNN exclusive interview with Jorge Parra, president of the Association of Injured Ex-Workers of GM Colombia. Some members have re-sewn their lips shut as they resume their hunger strike to the death.

Colombian GM Workers on Hunger Strike Until Death Sew Their Mouths Shut

August 22, 2012

INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT Asotrecol informs the international community that last night, after starting a dialogue, we reached an accord to implement mediation under the FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES (FMCS). General Motors Corporation thereby offered us its help in justly resolving our demands with the FMCS acting as Mediator since they now seriously recognize the need to resolve this problem. We are now bound by a pact to end our hunger strike and call upon our allies to suspend all actions at GM facilities or residences of their executives during this mediation. We call upon you to remain attentive to the process. It is very important to clarify that this compromise was achieved thanks principally to your collaboration and solidarity with our struggle. It is a clear demonstration of unity and conviction in just fights, and we are very grateful to be able to count on your support. Receive from us our biggest appreciation and admiration for the love you have shown us, and we hope, from our hearts, that this Mediation comes to a happy and just ending. We ask you to remain aware of the process. Thank you. ASOTRECOL