Solidarity Message to GM Workforces on Strike

Dear colleagues, First of all we would like to congratulate you on the courageous start of your strike and your staying power. Solidarity with your strike is developing worldwide.

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The strike is already evidently having an effect, but GM management continues to ignore your legitimate demands and responds with provocative counteroffers.


With the harbingers of a global economic and financial crisis and the impact of the structural crisis based on the transition to electromobility and digitalization, hundreds of thousands of jobs in the automotive and automotive supplier industries are facing annihilation worldwide. Last year GM already announced the annihilation of more than ten thousand jobs and is closing entire plants. The workforces in the various plants are to be played off against each other and pressured to make concessions on wages and social benefits. Hope is stirred that the remaining jobs will then be secure. But this is a fallacy. The intensified competition of the international monopolies of the automotive industry is carried out on the backs of the workers and their families. This increases the pressure on all workforces. The fight for every job must be fought and this must be combined worldwide with the demand for the 30 hour week with full wage compensation. The young workers and all workers and their families need a perspective for a worthwhile future. This is what we are committed to as the International Automotive Workers Coordination.


From 19 to 23 February 2020, the 2nd International Automotive Workers' Conference will take place south of Johannesburg in South Africa. We cordially invite you to attend. A report on the situation in the auto and supplier industry and your struggle would be a very good contribution to the conference. We would also welcome your providing delegates for the conference. Each country has the right to nominate up to 5 delegates with voting rights in consultation with the workforce and trade unions. In addition, guests are of course very welcome to attend the whole conference.

In the context of the 2nd International Automotive Workers Conference, an International Program of Struggle of Automobile Workers will be adopted. Workshops and forums will be prepared. A group forum on GM/PSA will be organized. A worldwide exchange of experiences will take place there. Discussions will be held on the further development of international cooperation and a solidarity charter will be adopted. It is possible to take over responsibility for preparing this forum together with other forces. Please let us hear from you.



With greetings of solidarity


Carlos Luiz Prates Mancha (Brazil), Diego Rejon Bayo (Spain), Dieter Schweizer (Germany)

Coordinators of ICOG

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