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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!

International Day of Environmental Struggle 2020: Workers' and environmental movement together against the destruction of the natural environment !

The corona pandemic, which has intensified the world economic and financial crisis, dominates world events. This has not at all weakened the transition to a worldwide environmental catastrophe. On the contrary, the CO² content of the atmosphere continues to rise, the clearing of the rain forests was also even accelerated by the proto-fascist Bolsonaro government in Brazil. Due to the melting of Antarctic ice shields and the Greenland ice, the sea level is expected to rise by one meter in 2100. In March, the largest ozone hole ever developed over the Arctic. Littering of the oceans, extinction of species and the time bomb of nuclear power plants are further factors. Millions of people worldwide are affected by floods, forest fires and catastrophic droughts. The destruction of livelihoods has become a major factor in the rise of the global refugee movement to over 80 million people.

Philippines: MWAP calls on two semicon companies to sign meaningful CBAs

“Don’t use the pandemic to shortchange the workers.” This was the statement of Julius Carandang, spokesperson of Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines as the group called on two semiconductor companies, Nexperia and Fuji, to sign meaningful collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). “Now is not the time for companies to delay CBA negotiations or offer measly CBA packages. Workers are bravely facing health risks each time they work in the factory during this pandemic. Nexperia and Fuji management should recognize the sacrifice of their workers and speedily conclude an agreement with the union that will include just benefits and meaningful provisions,” Carandang said.

Iran: Unemployment status of automobile workers and parts makers

Documented from Alternative Workers News Iran No.124 1 November 2020: One third of the part manufacturers of the country are close or partially open and 150 thousand workers are suspended at work. There are around 2-thousand-part manufacturer units in the country, from which 800 units of them work black and without authorization. From the lawful 1200 part-fabricators, almost 700 units have direct contacts with the auto manufacturers. Unfortunately, about 400 units are in the process of closing down. In general, at this time, only half of the part-fabricator functions serviceably. While only half of them fully operate, however all produced parts are easily sold in the country. There are 550 thousand workers in part making craft that more than 150 thousands of them are unemployed and on hold now. The Union of Nationwide Associations of Truck owners and drivers in Iran

Automotive workers are fighting against mass layoffs internationally

Rode Morgen from Netherlands: The automobile workers are at the forefront of the international working class struggle. This was evident, for example, in Brazil, where an indefinite strike at Renault in July resulted in 747 colleagues not being fired. And at Nissan in Barcelona, ​​where a strike lasting nearly 100 days prevented the plant from closing. In Germany, colleagues at Daimler are currently fighting against announced mass layoffs. Daimler (Mercedes) wants to close factories in Germany with 2500 workers in Berlin and 4000 in Stuttgart and have production done elsewhere for lower wages.

Correspondence from East London South Africa on situation at Mercedes-Benz

Dear comrades, our situation (amid Coronavirus Pandemic) has not improved as such, there are even talks about getting back to stricter levels such as level 5, especially in our Province in the Eastern Cape where we are situated. ... We too in South Africa experience serious attacks on our jobs in the car and supplier industry. The number of jobs in the Automotive Industry in RSA (Republic of South Africa) are 66,000 jobs in the motor industry. 19,800 jobs are estimated to be about to be lost.

Automobile Workers strike in Tabriz

Iran Khodro workers in Tabriz went on strike on 9 October. Workers demand the payment of their arrears. It has not been seen in any country that the workers do not receive their salaries after work they have done. In any slavery system of capitalism workers are being exploited. Everywhere workers have to work and capitalists pay them a small part of what they produce in order to be able to continue working. But in Iran they do not even pay that. They do not pay workers for months. For a long time they postpone the payment of their salaries, or they do not pay it at all.

Greeting messages to nationwide delegates meeting in Germany

On October 18, 2020 successfully took place a nationwide delegates meeting in Germany. Greetings were orally forwarded from colleagues from Mercedes-Benz South-Africa and members of supporter group of International Automotive Workers Coordination in East-London South Africa. Also greetings were received from abroad from the Netherlands, Philippines and friends from Iran.

Worldwide solidarity in the fight against the massive attacks on Daimler employees! Corporation-wide fight for every job and apprenticeship position! For the 30-hour week with full wage compensation!

Dear colleagues, With indignation we reject the provocative plans announced on September 23 by the Daimler Board of Management for the closure of locations and further mass destruction of jobs in Germany. In July, a key agreement with the Central Workers Council guaranteed that there would be no compulsory redundancies until the end of 2029. At MAN, where 9,500 jobs are to be cut, the works agreement on guaranteed employment until the end of 2029 has been terminated. It is apparent that these agreements are merely calming pills. Now the Daimler Board of Management announces at an investor meeting: The profit line must be increased, 20% "savings" above all in workforce. Insiders estimate that a total of 20 to 30,000 jobs at Daimler will be destroyed in the next few years. Daimler is focusing on "voluntary" severance payments, partial retirement or early retirement. But every job that is destroyed is painfully lacking for our youth. Therefore, fight for every job!

Current Call of German Coordinating Group - Solidarity with Daimler colleagues

Hello dear support groups of the IAC, After Daimler has been distributing since weeks its "declarations of war" to the workforce via the works council, and after 30,000 job cuts have been announced in the media and plant closures/sales have been announced, the board of directors has now announced its plans at an investor meeting: 20% "savings" and the profit line must be increased. Tomorrow there will be protest and information events in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim and Mettingen.… see more also on homepage www.automotiveworkers.org/de German site). It is important now that solidarity is developed: Resolved declarations from as many companies as possible and solidarity actions. Please send us statements and reports as soon as possible: info@iawc.info and icog@iawc.info The best thing is for tomorrow for the colleagues of Stuttgart. Best regards, KOG

Now the 30-hour week with full wage compensation - for nationwide, corporation-wide and regional actions and strikes!

Speaker group of the German coordination group of the IAC: At Daimler, OPEL, VW, Bosch, MAN, Conti, ... - the executive boards of the car companies and suppliers destroy jobs and close plants. The workforces form up to resist and take to the streets. "Our management has failed, now in the crisis they are shifting all the burdens on us, they must live up to their responsibility", such voices can be heard during the fighting. However, the managers only have responsibility for the capital. The mood is combative: "We will not give up, we will fight for our jobs with all our might until the end!” Cross-location solidarity is successfully developed in many companies, even if little is reported in the media: At Conti, Bosch, ZF, Mahle etc. - this strengthens the union of the workers. Mass protests are the right answer.

Iran: Continual protests and demands by the workers of the Vahed Bus company to start activating classifications of jobs in the company

Documented from Alternative Workers News-Iran 1 October 2020: Modification of job classification package that results in wage increase for workers in the Tehran Bus company is to be started. The latest measures in this area took place in 2006, after a widespread struggle by the workers. Based on the company regulations, categorization is supposed to take place every 5 years, but concerns by the authority regarding the increase in wages has prohibited them from undertaking it on time. Workers in Vahed Company along with workers in Haft Tappeh have powerfully fought this issue and now adjustment is taking place.

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