GM agrees to meet with Colombian workers; hunger strike ends
Source: Workday Minnesota
BOGOTA, Colombia - Members of ASOTRECOL, the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of General Motors Colmotores, have ended their hunger strike after reaching an agreement to meet with the company.
Workers took the drastic action after being fired from GM due to workplace injuries. Their injuries left them unemployable and unable to support their families. GM has refused to compensate them for disabilities obtained on the job, and the men have not been given access to medical care.
Several workers sewed their mouths shut and pledged to continue the hunger strike to the death. International organizations, including Witness for Peace, have organized cross-border solidarity actions in support of the workers.
Last week, ASOTRECOL announced that GM and the workers had reached an agreement to start mediation with the help of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a federal agency in the United States that seeks to resolve labor-management disputes.