Palermo Workers Fast in Solidarity with Colombian Workers.

Palermo Workers Fast in Solidarity with Colombian Workers.

Milwaukee – Palermo Workers on strike participated in a one-day solidarity fast on Monday, September 17, to express their solidarity with workers on strike against a General Motors Colombia. Some of the Colombian strikers are also participating in a “Fast to the Death” to bring attention to their struggle.

Employees of the Colombian outpost of American car manufacturer GM renewed their call for international solidarity actions on September 3rd, after four days of talks facilitated by the Federal Mediation and Reconciliation Services broke down, and even the involvement of US State Department failed to help reach an agreement.

“Tu lucha es mi lucha! (Your struggle is my struggle),” said Raul de la Torre, of the Palermo Workers Union, in response to a solidarity appeal sent out worldwide by members of the union of workers at an American-owned General Moters (GM) plant.

“We too are sick of being silenced by greedy bosses. We, like you, are tired of sacrificing our health so the corporate executives can get richer. We stand with you and pledge to fight back together!”

Striking Palermo workers participate frequently in labor solidarity actions. In recent weeks members of the Palermo Workers Union have marched with their new union brothers and sisters in Milwaukee’s annual Labor Day parade, and traveled to Chicago to march and stand with Chicago educators waging an historic strike currently entering its second week.

To see the full solidarity statement and more information about the Colombian GM workers’ struggle, click here.

Author: Michael J. Mikulka

President, AFGE Local 704, representing over 900 bargaining unit employees working at the U.S. EPA Region 5 Offices in Chicago, Grosse Ile, MI and Westlake, OH.

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