Tag: International Affairs

UAW Leaders Meet With German Labor Minister

Today, UAW President Gary Jones and Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry met with Hubertus Heil, who serves as German Minister of Labor and Social Affairs. They spoke about automotive manufacturing in both the United States and Germany and about the importance of honoring the rights of workers. Below are statements from President Jones and Secretary-Treasurer Curry about the meeting: UAW President Gary Jones “Today’s meeting with Minister Heil is an important dialogue for all labor unions. German manufacturers play an important role in the worldwide manufacturing. Here in the United States that includes Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and many transnational parts suppliers. A strong labor ... Read more

UAW Helps Win Release of Zimbabwean Trade Unionists

Peter Mutasa, President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and ZCTU General Secretary Japhet Moyo were released on bail this week following strong demands from the UAW and others.  The two were arrested as part of the Zimbabwe government’s repressive response to the ZCTU’s “Stay Away” of January 14-16, 2019.  The purpose of the “Stay Away” was to demand a reversal of a fuel price increase that exceeded 200%. The price increase worsened an already unbearably high cost of living. Police and security forces violently attacked peaceful protesters. According to the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO forum, there were ... Read more

UAW Takes Action to Support Incarcerated Korean Trade Unionists

A UAW representative recently returned from a trip to South Korea to try to secure the release of two key labor leaders jailed for their union activity. Since December 2015 Han San-gyun, who was President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) has been imprisoned for representing his members. And last December, KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo, was also arrested following a 10-day hunger strike and two years of house arrest. There are other trade unionists charged or incarcerated as well. The UAW International Executive Board passed a resolution calling for the pardon and release of these trade unionists ... Read more

Spain: thousands join march against trade unionist trial

An estimated 5,000 people braved the wind and rain on a three-hour march in Madrid on 9 February to protest against the trial of eight trade unionists facing a total 66 years in prison for going on strike. The eight workers, who belong to IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, CC.OO de Industria and MCA-UGT, were charged after joining a picket at the gates of Airbus in Getafe, in the Madrid suburbs, as part of a general strike on 29 September 2010. As the trial began today, IndustriALL joined Spanish unions, as well as industriAll Europe and members of Airbus unions in ... Read more