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Netherlands: Metall CBA: Who will not listen, must feel

Documented from Rode Morgen 1 February 2021: Next step: a sector-wide strike with a nationwide demonstration Thursday, January 21 began the relay strike for a better collective bargaining agreement in the Metal-Electro-industry. Since September talks on a new CBA have been ongoing - without result.

Stop the Closure of All Ford Plants in Brazil!

The Ford Co announced on January 11, 2021 their decision to end vehicle production at its three plants in Brazil in 2021. The Camaçari (BA) and Taubaté (SP) plants will be closed immediately, according to the company, maintaining only the production of parts for after sales stocks. These closures have a devastating impact on the workers. 3,500 employees work at the Camaçari plant, 830 at Taubaté plant and 470 at Horizonte plant. At least another 15,000 outsourced workers in and out these three plants will be fired.

International solidarity against fascist coup attempt in the USA!

Publication of the ICOG on the handing over of the presidency of the USA to Joe Biden on January 20, 2021: Already on January 6, armed fascist groups wanted to keep the ex-president of the USA, Donald Trump, in power with a coup by storming the Capitol in Washington. The strings were clearly pulled by Donald Trump. He had to backpedal a bit due to public pressure afterwards, but continued to defend his inciting speech as "appropriate."

We are mourning the death of Jürgen Wolf

We are mourning the death of Jürgen Wolf, who passed away related to Covid-19 on 5th of January. Jürgen was closely connected with the Opel workers from Bochum, their struggle and the international automotive workers' movement for decades. The colleagues of "Offensiv", the initiative for militant workers council work at Opel in Bochum, write: "To us at OFFENSIV he was an indispensable advisor, helper and good friend from the very beginning.

Good luck, power and health in the New Year 2021 !

We look forward to a militant and successful year 2021 ! The International Coordination Group expresses its sincere thanks for the good cooperation in 2020. In February our successful 2nd International Automotive Workers Conference in Vereeniging in South Africa was a significant and unforgotten highlight and signpost for the years to come. Good luck, power and health in the New Year 2021 !

Gratitude and Season's Greetings from Belarusian Congress of Democratic Unions Trade Unions (BKDP)

22 December 2020: Dear Brothers and Sisters, On behalf of all its members the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) expresses its deep gratitude to all national trade unions and international workers’ organizations, individual citizens, civil society associations and NGOs, all those who have expressed and provided solidarity support and continue doing it to trade unions and their members and to all freedom-loving people in Belarus fighting for freedom and democracy.

International Information Letter GM-PSA-FCA No.19 - December 2020

Dear colleagues and friends! In the Corona pandemic interacting with the world economic and financial crisis and the environmental crisis, we auto workers are challenged not only to defend our jobs, but to unleash the workers offensive against the rightward evolution of governments and the excesses of the whole crisis chaos of capitalist systems!

Philippines: December 21, 10 am - Global Day of Action for the immediate release of the HR DAY7 and All Political Prisoners

19 December: On International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2020, simultaneous raids were conducted by the Philippine National Police in homes and offices of six trade union organizers and a journalist in Metro Manila, Philippines. With search warrants issued by a City Executive Judge, the police forcibly entered their homes and offices, planted “evidence” against them, and arrested and detained them on fabricated charges.

Immediate release of the arrested trade union leaders and journalist in the Philippines ! Free HR DAY7 !

16 December: At 2 a.m. on the night of December 10, International Human Rights Day, 6 trade union leaders and organizers and a journalist from the international media were arrested at home in several cities in the Philippines. Their homes were searched by state police and alleged evidence of several firearms and grenades were presented. They are now charged as a "criminal gang." Two of them who were illegally arrested are legitimate officials of the trade union KMU-NCR (Kilusang Mayo Uno - Capital Region) and members of the Regional Executive Committee, which was recently re-elected on November 29 at the 4th Congress of the KMU. Romina Raiselle Astudillo was elected as the new Deputy Secretary General. Mark Ryan Cruz was elected to the Committee At-Large. Jaymie Gregorio is a union organizer of KMU-Manila; Joel Demate is a union organizer of the Alliance Solidarity of Labor for Rights and Welfare, Rodrigo Esparago is a union organizer of the Alliance Solidarity of Workers of Quezon City, Dennise Velasco the organizer of Defend Jobs Philippines, and Lady Ann Salem a journalist of the international media.

Workers protest from “Bahman Motor Factory” - Will Be Revealed

15 December 2020: Documented from AWNI No. 127: Workers of “Bahman Motor Factory” on Thursday, November 29th and On Monday, November 23rd, they stopped working to protest their failure to fulfil their demands. And they were supposed to go on strike again on Thursday, December 3rd, when they failed to strike due to the high pressure of the company's security, but they are still insisting on their demands to strike next week.

Warm solidary and internationalistic greetings from International Automotive Workers‘ Coordination to all participants of All India General Strike on 26 November 2020

26 November: Dear colleagues and supporters of All India General Strike, the powerful mobilization and broad participation in your nationwide strike is fully justified. Indian working class and the masses of the people are challenged to oppose the attacks of Modi Government on labour laws, basic workers and union rights, as well as to reject a destructive anti-farmer policy.

Solidarity message from ICOG to employees of GM Korea

17 November 2020: Dear colleagues of GM Korea, We are backing your just struggle for a new CBA (Collective bargaining agreement). Your strikes demonstrate the power of the workers. Not a wage freeze which GM management is planning, but an increase of the salaries, especially of the basic wage, is necessary for the workers and their families. Do not let yourselves be blackmailed by the management, when they are threatening to refuse planned investments in the Bupyeong plant. We wish you power and success in your struggle. Learning that employees of Renault-Samsung and Kia are same time in negotiations for higher salaries a combined struggle could strengthen your power and unity of the workers. Automotive Workers worldwide unite!

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