"Everyone Ford, Chrysler, GM needs to attack now"
Interference automotive grow on the closure of GM plants
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29 & # 39; November 2018
The interference in the automobile factories and working communities growing on the announcement of General Motors Monday is closing five plants in the United States and Canada and lifted jobs & # 39, nearly 15,000 workers hourly and salaried. Declaring that "actions will increase profits in the long term and cash generation potential", Mary CEO GM Out said that three assembly plants in & # 39; Detroit, WARREN, Ohio and Oshawa , Ontario will be closed the next year, along with & # 39; , Maryland and suburb & # 39; & # 39 Detroit; Warren, Michigan.
The Detroit-based automaker recorded an increase of & # 39; 38 percent in its third quarter profits in North America & # 39; On and on course to make $ 10 billion in profits this year and $ 42 billion in the last five years. Wall Street celebrated the announcement of & # 39; closing, by adding GM shares nearly 7 percent, ensuring that many of the estimated & # 39; $ 6.5 billion in savings & # 39; costs by 2020 to be invested by wealthy investors & # 39; purchase re-rolling and payment & # 39; dividends.
The – reduction – employment has been praised in & # 39; main educators in – Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other corporate controlled media. Trump and Democrats who gave GM reduction & # 39; & # 39 corporate tax; $ 500 million, with the union of the United Workers Workers (UAW), have issued phony protests centered on claims that GM plants stop in China and Mexico. However, both big business parties and the UAW support the unremitting campaign to reduce wages and conditions of workers to spend more money to the corporate and financial elite.
"This is capitalism at its best", Angela, Fiat Chrysler worker from Kokomo, Indiana told about the closure of the plants. "This shows that do not give doubt about anything but the stock market. Christmas came, and I & # 39; imagine the pressure that these workers will be under when trying to buy gifts for their children know who do not have a job the next year.
"When Trump and media say the economy has never been so good and there is a record & # 39; low unemployment, is easing the BS height. I can not think in & # 39; any other country in the world that is propagandizzat over America. Then tell it to Mexico or the fault of China, or the desperate immigrants taking work … I & # 39; m a bit nauseated from all the bad points.
"What has changed from the crash of 2008? They Savior the rich and all corporations. But for us workers, we got nothing. How safe are our jobs? We are desperate creditors and dodging, and this is supposed is the best time ".
The global financial crash in 2008 was followed by bankruptcy restructuring & # 39; Obama & # 39; GM and Chrysler, which resulted in halving the salaries of all new workers, the end of the day & # 39; eight hours and eliminating Job Bank, which provided some semblance & # 39; income protection for laid off workers.
In exchange for granting & # 39; these concessions, the UAW was given control & # 39; the health care trust & # 39; multi-billion Receive largest portion of the corporate shares of GM. After selling & # 39; 40 million shares back to the company in February – to return & # 39; $ 1.6 billion hit – the UAW still holds 100 million shares currently valued at $ 3.67 billion. When GM shares ended after the closure of the plant, the value of the holdings increased by union & # 39; 214 million US dollars.
As it has for the past four & # 39; decades, the UAW pushed through & # 39; contracts in 2009 and 2011 and 2015, based on the fact that the increase of corporate profits is "safe".
Faced with a growing number of & # 39; strikes and mass protests by workers in the United States and around the world this year, the change from GM is a signal to Wall Street that there will be no extraction maximum profits from workers. B & # 39; in particular, the decline in employment is intended to defeat the militancy of & # 39; 140,000 GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobilists determined to win back lost revenue and win substantial gains when agreements & # 39; four & # 39; & # 39 years; their work expire in & # 39; September 2019.
The announcement & # 39; GM was followed by the decision & # 39; Ford to reduce fluctuations in & # 39; its two plants, and eliminate 500 jobs each at its plant & # 39; Assembly & # 39; Louisville plant in Kentucky and Flat Flat in reduced suburbs & # 39; Detroit. The company claims that there will be no permanent layoffs because workers will be moved to other plants. However, the jobs & # 39; many part-time temporary workers (TPT) and additional short-term (STS), to pay fees & # 39; union but not & # 39; have less job protection, are dangerous.
Plant worker & # 39; & # 39 Texts; Kentucky nearby told the WSWS, "The Louisville Assembly Plant announced today that it is removing people. We heard 500 people will be transferred to our plant. But x & # 39; is happening to TPT, workers STS there? Most of them will be off work. It is totally unacceptable. "
"I am not surprised by what's GM," said GM contract worker in the area & # 39; Detroit. "It's cut, cut & # 39; and burned, destroyed people, families and communities. Look at Detroit 40 years ago. It was absolutely beautiful. Now look at Flint. Everything that touches the turn ** t."
If workers do not prevent the closure of plants, this means further devastation & # 39; Detroit, Oshawa and cities that surround the plant & # 39; WARREN in Ohio, already shaved a few & # 39; & # 39 years; deindustrializzazzjoni and chronic poverty. Low Estimate is the powerful effect of closure lead to the elimination of & # 39; 35,000 other work related to the plant suppliers and service industries.
"We welcome across America. All – Ford, Chrysler, GM, everybody – need to discharger now," GM worker from Detroit Hamtramck plant geared told the WSWS Bulletin & # 39; Autoworker.
Tommy, who is already dismissed from the plant & # 39; WARREN, said, "We have many people who are really embossed & # 39; away and feel if you were connected to the pavement. We are ready to do something to fight back . "
"This needs to be movement across America", said another employee WARREN. "We seen as a tribute movement because defeat is not an option".
"The fight is for jobs. They are constantly taking jobs & # 39; away," said TPT young workers in the plant & # 39; Assembly & # 39; Sterling Heights FCA previously worked in GM's Detroit Hamtramck plant. "There are many workers in & # 39; that the plant trying to get enough for the withdrawal. The closure will affect workers around the area & # 39; Detroit, including businesses and suppliers.
"All the workers like me TPT will be hit the most difficult", added, noting that those workers m & # 39; & # 39 have rights, age or & # 39; retirement.
Among Automobilists, a universal hatred of the UAW, which is equipped with a scandal & # 39; corruption involving the transfer of & # 39; million & # 39; dollars in bribes from executives & # 39; Fiat Chrysler in exchange for signing & # 39; & # 39 agreements; pro-company work. Shortly before GM removed the second three shifts at & # 39; Wordstown the last year, the former President of the UAW in & # 39; GM Cindy Estrada signed an agreement behind the backs of workers allowing GM to outsource work to a contractor to pay less.
"The UAW knew it was coming," Dick, FCA Toledo Jeep workers said about the closure. "Estrada probably laid the groundwork for this. I am sure that GM will direct and treats to get more tax breaks and will try tgħaseb to the next year workers during contract negotiations. The company will dangle these plants to the workers to accept more food.
"Niddispjaċih the UAW will choose GM as the target company and will tell workers that will mimic the bullet if they returned to their jobs. If there will be fighting, will come from the workers themselves . "
"As the UAW", added Angela, the transmission workers Kokomo FCA, "this is an organization that will accept bribes, giving their top officials pay gains and construct cottages in & # 39; San Black f & # 39 ; scandal middle & # 39; corruption. Seeing the writing on the wall. the workers will abandon and stop the payment of fees, and want to steal everything they can before they go & # 39; below.
"The only ones who will conduct the closing & # 39; these plants are the workers themselves. They tell us to talk about the truth to power, but the problem is that the power already know truth about what they are doing to us, and do not give doubt about us. the working class will have to stand up and take the power from them. "
Mark, part-time temporary worker & # 39; 26 years in Detroit Hamtramck plant & # 39; GM, said he found only on closing "the day after, on the news. It's really diżorbitanti. They told us they're" sorry "we found b & # 39; this way. As far as goes the president of union, we have not heard anything. "
After high school, Mark worked at Walmart and left for four & # 39; years for $ 10 per hour. He obtained a job as a worker in TPT & # 39; & # 39 MM four, years ago but never have & # 39; become permanent. He had to move plants often due to temporary closures or closing, and every time he loses his seniority and therefore can never & # 39; find permanent employment. "I've missed from plant to plant", he said. Most recently, he left his position in the plant & # 39; Orion GM & # 39; GM in the summer of 2017 due to an extended shutdown. He earned & # 39; $ 15 per hour and does not know X & # 39; & # 39 b will do, response closing announced.
"GM is just padding their pockets," he said. "We achieve the short end. That is how it works. We would be used in North America. The people who need the most get the least. Those on top & # 39; look after themselves. If you're in class work, you should work with & # 39; constant only way to survive. They never give you a chance to live comfortably. you think we would be treated better because we are working in & # 39; hand the company from day to day, and could not make it without us. "
Without savings, Mark said he could not withstand major repair on his car if violated. "Can & # 39; nlaħħaq with basic needs", he said. "It's a fight. Obtain frustrating to come here at 5 or 6 am, and most of us get home at 8 or 9 pm. Then immediately you all back here."
He said he believed that every worker had the right to permanent full-time job, not only in the US but internationally. "Everyone deserves a job. If succeeded together in & # 39; different countries to make sure we are on the same page, with the same pay, I think we can make an impact. I feel that the working class needs to work together more as a class and make it so that not a little rich to simply dictate to the poor. it is unfair and unjust. We all remember the good so everybody gets the same amount. "
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