The GM strike has officially entered its third week, with no clear end in sight. Now, the nationwide walkout has affected GM supplier facilities in Mexico, with several factories reportedly cutting production and hundreds of workers furloughed as a result of the United Auto Worker’s strike against GM.
According to a report from the Spanish-language website El Financiero, a pair of GM supplier factories in the Mexican city of Piedras Negras have temporary cut parts production. The two factories, known as Lear and EKM, have furloughed roughly 200 workers as a result of the GM strike in the U.S., with workers either forced to take vacation time or receive 50 percent of their salary during the temporary production cut.
“From this Thursday and at least until October 7, the part of the staff that worked in the product lines for GM went into technical unemployment,” said local union leader Leocadio Hernandez Torres in an interview with El Financiero, as roughly translated by Google.
Torres is a part of the Confederation of Mexican Workers, or Confederación de Trabajadores de México, the biggest labor union in Mexico.
In addition to production cuts in Piedras Negras, it’s reported that production at the General Motors Ramos Arizpe plant may also be halted. The Ramos Arizpe plant is responsible for the production of the Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Blazer.
Mexico isn’t the only country feeling the heat from the latest GM strike, with worker furloughs also reported at various production facilities in Canada. GM suppliers have also been affected.
The GM strike went into effect September 14th and currently stands as the longest nationwide autoworker walkout GM has seen in decades. Roughly 50,000 UAW members are participating.
Negotiations between the UAW and GM are ongoing, but some progress has been made. GM recently reinstated worker health insurance after pulling it days after the strike began, and it’s reported that the top bargainers from both camps have now taken control of the negotiation process following completion of the work by the lower committees.
Source: El Financiero