"Everyone – Ford, Chrysler, GM – need to strike immediately"
Violation of autoplusks is increasing when GM races are closed
November 29, 2018
Violations within automotive factories and work communities are rising over General Motors' announcement on Monday that it has closed five races in the United States and Canada and smoothens the work of nearly 15,000 hourly and salaried workers. CEO Mary Barra said three assembly plants in Detroit, Lordstown, Ohio and Oshawa, Ontario, will be closed next year with two power stations in Baltimore, Maryland and Detroit Warren suburbs in Michigan.
The Detroit automaker has recorded a 38 percent increase in third quarter earnings in North America and is on track to achieve $ 10 billion in profits this year and $ 42 billion in the past five years. Wall Street celebrated its announcement of stopping operations, raising GM shares by nearly 7 percent, making sure that much of the expected savings of $ 6.5 billion by 2020 will be directed to wealthy investors through ongoing share buy-backs and dividends.
Job cuts have been recognized in major editions Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other corporate media. Trump and Democrats who handed GM 500 million dollars to corporation tax, jointly with United Auto Workers (UAW), issued false protests focusing on requirements GM closes in China and Mexico. Both big business parties and the UAW, however, support a relentless campaign that reduces wages and conditions for workers to transfer more money to the corporate and financial elite.
"It's the best capitalism," said Angela, a Fiat Chrysler employee from Kokomo, Indiana, who closed the race. "It proves that they do not care about the stock market, Christmas days come and I can imagine the pressure that these laborers will undertake when they try to buy gifts for their children because they know they will not have a job next year.
"When Trump and the media say that the economy has never been so good and record low unemployment, BS accumulates high, I can not think of any other country in the world that promotes more than America, then tell us it is Mexico or China , or that desperate immigrants take over the job … I just fool all scapegoats.
"What has changed since the fall of 2008?" They saved the super-rich and all corporations, but we have nothing for our workers, how safe are our jobs, we are desperate, and avoid the creditors, and that's the best.
The global financial accident in 2008 was followed by Obama's restructuring of GM and Chrysler bankruptcy in 2009, which led to a reduction in the salaries of all new workers by half, by the end of the eight-hour day, and the abolition of the bank, a form of income protection for redundant workers.
In exchange for these concessions, UAW was given control over the multidilion trust of trusted retirees and the largest share of GM's corporate shares. After the sale of 40 million shares back in February, for $ 1.6 billion, UAW still holds 100 million shares of $ 3.67 billion. When GM shares rose after the announcement of the plant closure, the value of holding unions increased by $ 214 million.
As in the past four decades, the UAW concluded in the years 2009 and 2011 and 2015, based on lies, that increasing corporation profits would ensure employment.
Faced with the growing number of strikes and mass protests by workers in the United States and around the world this year, GM's move to Wall Street is not to be unnecessarily exhausted by the maximum gain of workers. Job cuts are suppressed by 140,000 GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, who are committed to winning lost revenue and gaining profits when their four-year contract expires in September 2019.
GM's announcement followed Ford's decision to reduce the shift in two races and to eliminate 500 jobs at the Louisville Assembly at the Kentucky and Flat Rock races in Detroit suburb. The company claims that there will be no permanent layoffs, as workers will be redirected to other plants. The work of many temporary and part-time workers (TPTs) and short-term supplementary staff (STS), who pay rewards but do not have the slightest protection of work, are at risk.
A worker in a nearby transmission plant in Kentucky told WSWS: "The Louisville Racing Assembly today announced they are postponing people, and we heard that 500 people will be transported to our race, but what about TPT, STS, most of them out of work It's totally unacceptable. "
"I'm not surprised at what GM has done," GM said in Detroit. "It's cut, slash and burn, destroy people, families and communities, look at Detroit 40 years ago, it was absolutely beautiful, look at Flint, everything that touches will change to s ** t."
If workers do not stop closing the plant, it will mean another devastation of Detroit, Oshawas and the cities around the Lordstown plant in Ohio, which have already been devastated by decades of deindustrialisation and chronic poverty. The low estimate is that the corrugated effect of the closures would remove another 35,000 related jobs in supply and service industries.
"We should strike across America – everyone – Ford, Chrysler, GM, everyone – has to hit now," GM said at Detroit-Hamtramck WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.
Tommy, who had been released from Lordstown, said, "We have a lot of people who are really upset and feel like we're kicked out on the curb. We're ready to do something to fight."
"It must be a movement across America," another Lordstown said. "We have to consider it a movement because defeat is not a choice."
"They are struggling for work, they are constantly taking the job," said a young TPT worker at FCA Sterling Heights, who previously worked at the GM plant in Detroit Hamtramck. "There are a lot of workers in the race who are trying to get enough time to retire, and the deadlines will affect workers throughout Detroit, including businesses and suppliers.
"TPT staff like me will be hit hardest," she added, remarking that these workers are not entitled to seniority or the right to appeal.
Among the caravans, there is a universal hatred for the UAW, which is flooded with a corruption scandal involving the transfer of millions of dollars to bribes to Fiat Chrysler executives in exchange for signing labor contracts for employees. Shortly before GM disposed of the second of three shifts in lordstown last year, GM's former vice president, UAW, Cindy Estrada, signed a deal behind the backs of employees and allowed GM to outsource work to a lower vendor.
"UAW knew it was coming," Dick said, FCA's Toledo Jeep, on closing. "Estrada has probably laid the foundations for this, and I'm sure GM is about to make a deal and deal with other tax cuts and try to negotiate with the workers next year, and the company will hang these plants to get employees to receive more drinks.
"I'll bet that UAW will choose GM as a target company and tell workers that they will have to bullet a bullet if they want their jobs back, and if it's a fight, it will have to come from the workers themselves."
"As far as UAW is concerned," Angela added, the Kokomo FCA transfer worker, "it is an organization that accepts bribes, pays its top officers for paid expenses and puts them in the Black Lake amid a corruption scandal, seeing writing on the wall. pay taxes, and want to steal everything they can before they go down.
"The only ones fighting these closures are the workers themselves, they are telling us that they are telling the truth to power, but the problem is that those in power already know the truth about what they are doing to us and do not give us about us nothing, the working class will have to get up and take too much from them. "
Mark, a 26-year temporary part-time employee at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant, said he had learned about the "next day" closure. It's really daunting. They told us it was "sorry" that we found out. As for the union president, we have not heard anything. "
After high school, Walmart worked for four years at $ 10 a hour. He worked as a TPT engineer in GM four years ago, but he has never been able to become permanent. She had to move plants several times because of temporary shutdowns or closures, and each time she loses her seniority, she can never get a permanent job. "I jumped from plant to plant," he said. He recently left his position at GM's Lake Orion plant in the summer of 2017 for extended shutdown. He earns $ 15 an hour and does not know what he will do in response to the announced closure.
"GM is just padding pockets," he said. "We get a short end, it's working, we're used to it in America, people who need the most, they have the smallest, they take care of themselves, and if you're in the working class, you have to work all the time just to survive. they do not give us the opportunity to live comfortably.You think we would be better treated because we are what we do from day to day and can not do without us. "
Without saving, Mark said he can not afford to repair his car if he breaks. "I can afford basic needs," he said. "It's a struggle, it's frustrating when we leave here from 5 to 6 o'clock, and many of us will come home at 8 or 9 o'clock. Then you're back here."
He said he thinks that every worker has the right to permanent full-time work not only in the United States but also internationally. "Everyone deserves work If we were fighting together in different countries to make sure we were on the same page with the same wage, I think we could have an impact. I feel that the working class has to work together more as a class and do it so that it is not only the few rich who dictate to the poor, it is unjust and unjust, we should divide all the wealth so that everyone has the same amount. "
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