With new labor rules -and many loopholes- the general secretary of the Independent Union of Workers of the Automotive Industry (SINTTIA), Alejandra Morales, affirmed that despite the labor advances and in view of the rejection of external observers, by the labor authority days before the union voting process of General Motors, will not prevent them from remaining vigilant and with great international support.
At the end of the campaign, the union leader said that it is a historic moment, since it is the first time that labor changes have been applied to demand ownership of a collective bargaining agreement, “with the existence of 4 interested unions, but with the possibility that the workers will not allow themselves to be deceived or intimidated as happened in the past, this fact will be historic”.
At a press conference, he highlighted the support for SINTTIA of international union organizations that will closely follow the process to elect the union that will represent more than 6,000 workers at the Silao plant in Guanajuato.
“It is not intervention, it is support, it is solidarity of all the workers, that is why they are here today to give their support. On 1 and 2 we decided on our collective contract, that is why we are going to vote for the union that really makes a true collective contract a reality, with rights and respect for the workers,” he stressed.
Representatives of international trade unions such as Mohamad Alsadi, from uniform; Maicon D Silva, de Metallurgists Central Union of Brazil; Luiz Carlos Prates, from CSP-Conlutas, Brazil; Claudia Magaña, of the Labor Federation of Workers of Los Angeles and Benjamin Davis, representative of United Steel Workers.
Alsadi, who spoke on behalf of Jerry Dias, leader of uniform, the largest trade union center in Canada, stated that workers deserve their own union and mentioned that the SINTTIA it is the only independent court among the four that will appear on the voting ballots.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Davis stated that they will be monitoring the process because there are failures in the surveillance carried out by the government in this type of process.
“We are facing elements that have decades and almost a century of experience in stealing from the working class, it is not so easy to defeat them,” he said.
Hector de la Cueva, coordinator of the CILAS, and who is advisor to the SINTTIA, regretted that the labor authority has belatedly summoned international observers, such as the International Labor Organization (ILO), which declined the invitation.
He also mentioned the fact that the Federal Center for Conciliation and Labor Registration has rejected the request of many international observers who intended to witness the voting day.
“Now the ILO will not be there because they were invited too late. Many requests from observers who had requested to be in the process were also removed. There was even a cut of the representations of SINTTIA itself that would be in the voting. Few outside observers were accepted,” he commented.
However, the voting on February 1 and 2 will be supervised by personnel from the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) and the National Electoral Institute (OTHER).
It should be noted that the full-size Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks and a variety of V8 engines and automatic transmissions are manufactured in Silao.