Demand Improved Medical Compensation and Work Conditions for Colombian GM Workers

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Target: General Motors Colmotores

Goal: Improve factory safety and provide medical compensation for occupational injuries 

Numerous hunger-striking protesters from General Motors Colombian factories have sewn their lips together, declaring their willingness to perish if demands are not met. At issue are the medical needs of many of GM’s Colombian workers. Assembly line injuries are rampant and GM’s response has been to kick out injured workers, dismissing them without any offer to compensate for medical expenses. Not only is this an appalling business policy, but it is an atrocious affront to the rights of these diligent workers. GM must provide occupational injury aid and agree to amend its polices before starvation kills these protesters.

Injuries to the spinal column, wrist, hands, elbows, shoulders and more leave these human beings not only workless, but helpless to pay for mounting medical expenses. A fast-paced work environment, which increasingly demands more from less, contributes to a rise of incidents so egregious as hands getting cut off in machines.

Dangerous exposure to toxic chemicals result in more and more cases of lung failure and cancer. After diagnosis of injury or condition by the company medical clinic, these workers are promptly fired without compensation under the guise of “reduced sales” or “expired contracts.”

These hardworking employees are treated as ratios of output efficiency akin to chattel. A broken person follows the fate of a broken machine, tossed by the wayside, to be replaced immediately by a wholly functioning apparatus. As a result, a coalition of workers formed the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of General Motors Colmotores (ASOTRECOL), which is leading the protest. Members of this association continue to grow, and each week more workers join the hunger strike.

Sign this petition and demand that GM Colmotores take action to better protect its workers and provide compensation for those who are injured on the line.

PETITION LETTER

Dear GM Colmotores,

The hunger strike of members of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of General Motors Colmotores (ASOTRECOL), is drawing national and global attention. I am writing in solidarity with a growing number of worldwide citizens and countries that stand behind those protesters demanding that you provide the medical compensation and safe work environment that your workers deserve.

Apart from the obvious atrocious human rights violations, the issue at hand is simply one of sound business sense. Your current policies certainly don’t bode well for the long-term success of GM Colmotores. A company which dismisses, without compensation, employees injured on the job is not a business that any community will support.

I urge you to act swiftly and efficiently before those on strike perish from starvation. The value of human life must take precedent over your bottom line. Amend your medical compensation policies and restore the work environment to one of safety and concern for your workers.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. It’s all about the owners, who don’t care about those who are doing all the hard work to make money for them. Workers are just things to be used and not regarded as human beings.

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