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|Updated: 18.12.2012 15:51|
how Delphi treats workers in Mexico
Die NGO "Coalition for Justice in the
Maquiladoras" klagt mit drastischen Beispielen den größten
Autozulieferer der Welt, Delphi - ehemals GM -, an: die Beschäftigten
in Mexiko würden äußerst brutal und unrechtmäßig
behandelt. UAW-Mitglied Gregg Shotwell findet die Aufklärung über
das Vorgehen der Delphi-Bosse gut und will die Informationen weiter verbreiten.
Er hält aber die Aufforderung der Coalition, Protest-Briefe zu schreiben,
It is instructive for
workers in the United States to see how Delphi treats workers in Mexico.
Delphi may have the rights of a person as guaranteed by the Fourteenth
Amendment, but Delphi does not have the moral compunction of a normal
human being. Delphi’s behavior is pathologically anti social. Delphi
is no more deserving of inalienable rights than convicted criminals. Delphi
shows no regard for the rights of workers, families, or communities. We
have no reason to believe Delphi would treat workers in the States any
differently if they could get away with it. If we don’t fight back,
Delphi will get away it.
URGENT ACTION REQUEST FROM COALITION FOR JUSTICE IN THE MAQUILADORAS
Delphi Corporation, the auto parts maker which spun off from General Motors in the 1990s, is taking the global race to the bottom to new lows. After terrorizing their U.S. workers with the loss of 17,000 jobs since 1999, Delphi forced devastating concessions on those who remained, by cutting starting pay by $11.00 and imposing a permanent two-tier system.
They're now starting to apply the same treatment to their
Mexican workers. On July 20, management of Delphi's six electrical systems
plants in Reynosa announced the closing of plants 3 and 4, citing lost
contracts and the need to become more "competitive." 1800 workers
could quit or move to plants 5 and 6 across town. Some workers were told
that their seniority would be respected, others were told that they would
get the legally-mandated severance pay and could
The workers' union, the CTM, was nowhere to be found and when confronted refused to divulge what agreement, if any, they had negotiated for the workers. Delphi workers, many of whom have worked there 20 years, earn between 500 and 700 pesos per week ($50-$70) plus bonuses of about 150 pesos ($15). Since most live very close to plants 3 and 4, they would have to take four buses and spend hours commuting if they were to take jobs at plants 5 and 6. The daily transportation costs would be $8 a day or $40/week.
They were also told that work schedules would change from
four 12-hour days per week from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to five 9-hour days from
10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Many of the workers are women, and they would be taking
buses at night. The workers wondered why they couldn't be moved to plants
1 and 2 nearby, and speculated that Delphi wanted them to quit so they
could hire temps at a cheaper rate of pay just like so many of the maquiladoras
are now doing, even though it's against the law. To add insult to injury,
the workers were told that if they didn't accept the jobs across town,
they would only receive 90 days of severance pay instead of 120 days,
which are legally required under Article 439 of Mexican Federal Labor
Law. Article 439 says that when a company closes for lack of business
it must either offer workers jobs elsewhere at the same wages and
Rather than accept this, the workers began to organize
to demand fair treat ment. When they went to their union for information,
they were told that Delphi was merely "consolidating," and therefore
only had to pay 90 days severance. This is a new category invented by
the company and union which doesn't exist in the law. Moreover, Delphi
has been sending a few confidential employees to work in Brownsville Texas
and Atlanta Georgia and paying them the same salary
Some workers were asked to move equipment to Brownsville secretly. A group of them, fearful they'll get caught and be barred from the U.S. have joined the workers group. The group demanded that the union divulge the contract rumored to have been negotiated for the plant closing and were rebuffed. They then went to the labor board and were told there was no contract. Again they got no help.
Needing information about their rights, they approached CJM member org anizations DODS and DUROO in Reynosa and Rio Bravo for advice, and the two organizations brought in CJM. As a result of these activities one of the confidential workers, Gerardo Paredes was fired yesterday.
Also, yesterday the workers learned that President Fox
would be touring Reynosa. Several hundred painted banners, put together
a petition, and went to try to intercept Fox. Bodyguards and police, however,
herded them into a fenced area saying, "if you don't have permission
to be here, you may not be here." The workers responded, "We
are Mexicans, and we have the right to go anywhere in this country. We
have rights." They began shouting, and someone, fearful of
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