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'We Are Prepared to Die': Workers in Colombia at General Motors Plant Sew Their Mouths Shut to Protest Backbreaking Labor Condit


Business  (tags: GM, ethics, corporate, dishonesty, business, health, human rights, Columbia )

Nancy
- 762 days ago - alternet.org
Jorge Parra struggles to get the words out of his painfully swollen lips, stitched together with thick thread. "This is for all the workers," he says with a muffled voice. "We are now prepared to die because this situation is critical. General Motors..."



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Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 9:24 am
For men who who are willing to have their mouths sewn shut, its apparent that GM is lying.
This is a particularly sore point in my area as GM outsourced these jobs 10-15 years ago to places like South America. Ten thousand people lost their jobs; some were relocated to other states, but this area never economically recovered to this day.
 

Sue H. (7)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 9:56 am
GM turned parts of Michigan into a ghost town because of outsourcing, got a huge Bailout from the government and now we're hearing this?? Shame on GM!!! Do Not Buy their vehicles, Boycott!!!
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 2:09 pm
noted thanks !
 

Karen Martinez (18)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 12:15 pm
My father was a loyal GM employee and customer, but I haven't bought a GM car in years. And I won't. They need to work on a decent car for a decent price made here in America that gives Americans back their jobs. Their upper management needs to be sent to South America and dropped off to fend for themselves.
 

Charles Rae (1)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 12:41 pm
The 19th century is alive and well, with workers worldwide being exploited for the sake of greed.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 3:07 pm
Another reason to outsource. Brave men to do such a thing....if it happened here, it would get media attention, or at least hit the internet. Since they were fired, GM won't do a thing for non-employees.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 5:20 pm
The only ones that have made out in this outsourcing has been the Corporations, the CEO's and stockholders. Is why the jobs were sent to other Countries so they could work the people for low wages, in Countries that did not have any safety standards nor environmental protections.

Our ancestors fought hard to gain living wages, safer working conditions, medical care, by joining unions and in solidarity they forced those who would give little for their labor to start treating workers as human beings with the same rights and dignity as those with the money and the power. Then the people of this Country also felt it was important to clean up their rivers and the air with passing higher standards for these factories to meet. But again, in other Countries these environmental laws do not exist.

So we lost many good paying jobs, and these workers in other lands got exploited. We, the laborers all lost, our environments lost, and only the Greedy Ones at the top tiers of the Corporations made out.

And if this Country doesn't stop giving the Corporations subsidies and tax breaks for doing wrong then they will feel no need to change things. The workers in these other Countries must do as we did, band together in solidarity, for frankly, these Corporations could care less about these 3 men and their families. I have great sorrow for them, it is true desparation when people go to these measures. But if the people in this Country don't wake up our race to the bottom will have us on par with these Countries, we've already lost a lot of ground.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 5:57 pm
Protesting is commendable, but, self-harm must never be practiced..
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 6:13 pm
Thanks Nancy.

I agree with Dandelion that giving corporations subsidies and tax breaks for doing wrong only encourages them to continue their evildoing and provides them with no incentive to reform the way they do business which is what is truly needed: reform. But alas, corporations run renegade and are living in their own vacuums free of accountability and culpability. I've never liked GM anyway since to me they are one of the many definitions of corporate evil along with the oil companies, Wall Street, Walmart, Monsanto and the list goes on and on and on and on...
 

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 8:59 pm
Thanks, Nancy...
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday August 17, 2012, 3:55 pm
noted, thanks Nancy
 

Judy C. (106)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 2:23 am
Thanks Nancy. I'm so sick of these corporations.
 

Pat A. (117)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 4:24 am
Green stars to Allan and Dandelion and Robert O - I completely agree. Thanks Nancy - by the way there are petitions on the web - something like International Labor Rights or somesuch asked me to sign a petition for them about a week ago - trouble is I need to delete these as soon as I have acted on them as I get about 30 a day - if anyone needs me to try and find out which organisation has the petition I'll have a look on the net...
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 7:47 am
That would be nice Patricia, if you can find the petition you mentioned.
 

Elaine B. (24)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 7:06 am
Why is it that in this day and age that exploitation still takes place
Easy one word answer - greed!
 
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