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General Motors employees start a national strike

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General Motors employees start a national strike
September 18
09:00 2019

It became known that workers at General Motors had started a full-scale strike on Monday. There hasn’t been a similar strike for about ten years. A peculiar record has been broken – this is the largest event held by the trade union of the automotive industry.

The trade union leaders decided to go on strike due to difficult negotiations over the extension of 4-year contracts with the company.  31 plants and 46 thousand workers have taken part in the strike. All of them were instructed to stay home that day or to leave their jobs.

A total of 49 thousand people participated in the strike. 33 production facilities in 9 different states were closed. 22 warehouses suspended their production.

The union and GM have been fighting a real war since four plants were closed in November. The union seeks to increase wages for workers, get job security and benefits during the periods of cost reduction.

A representative of the UAW Terri Ditta notes that the strike is an extreme measure, however, one cannot do without it. “We have been negotiating with GM for a long time. It is very important for us that workers have a decent wage and can count on quality medical care,” said the union leader.

In response to the measures taken by the union, General Motors leaders have announced that they are ready to increase workers’ wages and invest about $ 7 billion in factories, which will create additional 5.4 thousand jobs.

 

The material was prepared with the participation of Katya Wilson,
a leading analyst of the brokerage company UFT Group

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