Press release--Activists to deliver 76,000 petitions to GM headquarters
CONTACTS: Jess Hunter-Bowman Jorge Parra (Spanish) Kaytee Riek
Witness for Peace ASOTRECOL SumOfUs.org
202-664-6744 313-289-3344 267-334-6984
*** Event Begins at General Motors Headquarters at 3:30pm, January 23, 2013***
76,000 GM Customers and Rights Activists Call for a Just Settlement for Injured Workers
Injured Colombian Worker and Supporters Deliver Petition to GM
Jorge Parra, the president of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of General Motors Colmotores (ASOTRECOL) and supporters delivered a petition to General Motors signed by 76,000 people calling on the company to return to the negotiating table and offer fair restitution to injured Colombian workers.
"As GM's customers and potential customers around the world, we are appalled that GM is refusing to protect its workers," said Kaytee Riek, Campaign Manager of SumOfUs.org, a global corporate accountability watchdog. "That's why we are standing in solidarity with those workers, like Jorge Parra and other members of ASOTRECOL, who just want to support their families and to make sure no other workers will be injured and discarded like they were."
The members of ASOTRECOL were fired from a General Motors plant in Colombia after suffering injuries and illnesses on the assembly line, leaving them without workers’ compensation, medical coverage, or job prospects to support their families. For over 500 days, ASOTRECOL has maintained an encampment outside the U.S. embassy in Bogotá. ASOTRECOL President Jorge Parra has been on hunger strike since November 20th, 2012 to protest GM’s refusal to negotiate with the workers.
“These Colombian workers have been waiting far too long for a just settlement and have endured too much pain and suffering,” said Jess Hunter-Bowman, Associate Director of the human rights group Witness for Peace. “More and more people are learning about GM’s actions in its Bogota assembly plant every day and when they do, they are appalled.”
||Official delivery of petition to General Motors calling on the
company to return to the negotiating table and offer fair restitution
to injured Colombian workers.
|| Injured Colombian GM worker and supporters
|| General Motors International Headquarters
300 Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243
|| 3:30pm, January 23, 2013
Watch a video about this case at http://youtu.be/I2Kv6qCNNS0
to get background on these workers and their struggle for justice.