Last week, GM Authority reported that several former GM Colombia employees have sewn their lips together as part of a hunger strike meant to be the last stand in a protest against General Motors that, in one form or another, has lasted for a year. The protesters claim to have been fired by the automaker upon being diagnosed with repetitive stress-related bodily injuries resulting from poor workplace conditions.
General Motors Colombia has issued a press release regarding the ongoing strike which is taking place in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
According to a translation of GM’s press release, which can be downloaded here (PDF format), the company’s main priority is “the health and welfare of its employees” as well as “the social and economic development of the country.” The company continues by saying that it “respects the law and has never jeopardized the health and welfare of any of its employees” and can thus “ensure that no worker has been dismissed for health reasons.”
GM’s press release further states that it has addressed each of the cases of the protesters and has “proactively and transparently participated in various dialogues with former employees and the authorities”; moreover, the automaker wrote that 95 percent of the lawsuits filed by individuals against it have been “resolved in favor of GM”, with two cases being decided in favor of the plaintiffs. In those two cases, the company states that it “has fully complied with the provisions of the relevant authorities.”
The presser ends by stating the following: “We regret that these people have turned to mechanisms of undue pressure. GM will continue to act within the framework of law and for any reason will yield to actions taken by assault.”
GM Authority is in the process of exploring a follow-up from the group of protesters and will have an update on the matter shortly.