Solidarity with ASOTRECOL in Bogota, Colombia
At its 6th Membership Assembly Grassroots Global Justice in Detroit, organizers from across the U.S. and around the world affirmed their solidarity with the Association of Injured Workers & Ex-Workers General Motors Colmotores (ASOTRECOL) in Bogota, Colombia, and their valiant battle to win justice for themselves, their families and all workers. In response to the injustices they experienced at the hands of their employer â sustaining disabling injuries while working on the assembly line, then being fired, 68 GM workers self-organized to mount a grass roots campaign to win back their jobs and hold GM accountable for their injuries.
For nearly 1,000 days, ASOTRECOL members have occupied a tent encampment at the gates of the U.S. Embassy, denouncing the violation of their rights by the company, in collusion with Colombia authorities. To further dramatize their struggle, the GM workers initiated hunger strikes with lips sewn shut, compelling GM to agree to: mediation of the conflict, cease firing injured workers, eliminate illegal managerial practices, and install safer and more ergonomic equipment on the factory floor. In the face of GM's intransigence against the injured workers' remaining demand - to be made "whole", a movement has grown in towns and cities across the U.S. demanding justice for the GM workers who are proclaiming their "sacred right to dignified work." We of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance proudly join hands with ASOTRECOL and urge all our allies to stand with them in their struggle for justice. Through convergence, education, leadership development and coordinated action, GGJ will continue to connect real people and their local struggles to promote systems change for a peaceful, democratic and sustainable world.