International Automotive Workers Coordination International Information Letter GM-Stellantis No. 23 - October 2023 From the Stellantis/GM Group Coordination in the IAC.

3 October 2023: Dear Colleagues, It is a great omission on our part as Group Coordination that we have not issued an International Information Letter for quite some time! For more than a year and a half, a war has been raging in Ukraine which is unjust on both sides and which involves an escalation towards a third world war. The danger of war is also intensifying in East Asia, in the Caucasus or in West Africa. A global environmental catastrophe also endangers the existence of mankind. We workers together with the peace-loving people all over the world must put a stop to those responsible at the top of corporations and governments!

The United Front expresses its solidarity with the UAW and its members who are on strike.

25 September 2023: Dear Shawn Fain, Dear colleagues of the UAW, on September 15th, a significant moment in American labor history unfolded when United Auto Workers (UAW) members initiated targeted strikes. These strikes occurred after their union contracts with the "Big Three" automakers (Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler) expired without new union agreements being reached. The United Front (International Anti-Imperialist United Front Against Fascism, War, and Environmental Destruction) expresses its solidarity with the UAW and its members who are on strike.

No struggle should stand alone anymore! Cross-border solidarity, coordination and cooperation are the order of the day!

Documented from website of International Miners Conference: 25 September 2023: The 3rd International Miners’ Conference (IMC), held from 31 August to 3 September 2023, was a great step forward in the international union of the world’s miners. 35 experienced delegates from 19 countries exchanged opinions and experiences and decided with great seriousness on even closer and more powerful cooperation in the future.

UAW threatens to expand strike as deadline approaches

Documented from IndustriALL website: 21 September, 2023 IndustriALL affiliate, the United Auto Workers (UAW) is entering its sixth day of strike, and UAW President Shawn Fain has issued a stern warning: unless Ford, General Motors, or Stellantis, collectively known as the Big Three, make substantial progress towards a fair agreement by Friday 22 September, the strike will escalate.

Correspondence from UAW Strike and Solidarity Message from Mexico

20 September 2023: Correspondence: Thank you, most sincerely, for your message of Solidarity with our historic strike against The Big Three. ... I am ... participating in the strike here in Toledo, Ohio at the Stellantis Jeep factory. After 46 years as a Jeep worker, I am participating in the first official strike at Jeep. The last official strike took place in 1972. We have strong public support with about 75% of the American people supporting our struggle. We will win.

Solidarity greetings to the United Auto Workers, UAW, on your "historic strike" against the "Big Three"

18 September 2023: Dear Shawn Fain, Dear colleagues of the UAW, It is with great respect that international media are reporting the start of your "historic strike." Your demand for a 40 percent wage increase, for the reinstatement of eliminated social benefits, and for a 32-hour workweek, 4 days a week, are just and long overdue. It is the outrageous arrogance of the international monopolies, which rake in huge profits and then claim that wage increases would drive them into bankruptcy. Your simultaneous strike against the Big Three, GM, Ford and Stellantis, is a most promising and courageous struggle that has already received worldwide attention and great solidarity. It is of high significance that you, as a major automotive union, have taken up this challenge head-on. In doing so, you have breathed new life into the reawakened American labor and trade union movement. Your fighting spirit radiates across borders worldwide.

IAC Ford Info Letter 1/23

Overview Ford colleagues from Spain, France, Venezuela and Germany had positioned themselves in spring 2022 with a resolution against the war in Ukraine, against war and armament policies of their own governments and for active resistance (see Infobrief 1/22).

Ford Valencia Spain: Call for solidarity against repression

10 May 2023: Colleagues write to the International automotive workers' coordination asking for solidarity against the repression they suffer. "As you know, at Ford Valencia we are immersed in a collective dismissal (ERE) for more than 1,100 colleagues. We (STM) did not sign that ERE for various reasons, but mainly because it was not guaranteed that there would not be a single traumatic exit. Time is proving us right and the company, with the complicity of its servile union, is using absolutely mafia tactics so that people are forced to take advantage of incentivized redundancies (much cheaper than "early retirement").

Strikers at VDL Nedcar show teeth

8 May 2023: Thank you for the following interview with strikers at VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands, which we received from a correspondent of Rode Morgen in the Netherlands. The colleagues are currently on strike for an improved social plan. In Germany, there are many experiences how strikes for social plans or transfer companies ultimately undermined the fight for the preservation of jobs or against a plant closure. In our declaration of solidarity from ICOG to the workforce and union at VDL Nedcar, we therefore speak out in favor of the fight for every job and for the 30-hour week with full wage compensation. The International Automotive Workers' Coordination will continue to stand with the VDL Nedcar workforce in the fight for their jobs.

Spontaneous strike at Nedcar Born Netherlands - 48h-strike up from May 8

May 3, 2023: Correspondence: At VDL Nedcar in Born more than 3,000 jobs are at risk, something the workers rightly do not accept. They are demanding that parent company Van der Leegte (VDL) come up with a solid and good social plan. The entire factory opened this morning and at eight o'clock, without any prior warning, all employees collectively laid off work.

International workers' unity against the danger of world war, environmental destruction and the shifting of the burden of war and crisis onto our backs!

Call of the International Coordination Group for April 28 and May 1, 2023: 18 April 2023: Dear colleagues, Let us make May Day our common international day of struggle! After the beginning of the imperialist war in Ukraine more than a year ago, the danger of a nuclear Third World War has grown at an accelerated pace. Putin is openly threatening to use nuclear weapons. Ukraine is being massively armed by the USA/EU/NATO. Parts of the international car companies and their suppliers have already become profiteers of the war. In Russia, any resistance to the war is suppressed. Trade union leaders in Belarus who declared their opposition to the war have been sentenced to prison. We demand their immediate release and declare our full solidarity with them.

Call for March 8, 2023: Together for woman's liberation !

March 1, 2023: "Women and girls of the world! Our time has come!" reads the final resolution of the 3rd International World Women’s Conference of Grassroots Women in Tunis in September 2022, which was also attended by a delegation of the International Automotive Workers' Coordination. Women do not want to be victims, but actors. In Iran, despite the greatest repression by the Mullah regime, many women and men are courageously standing up for democracy and freedom.

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