Tell PKC to Reinstate Workers in Mexico is a cross-post from IndustriALL Global Union's website.
PKC [a Finnish auto-parts supplier] sacked more than 100 union supporters, including the entire union committee in December 2012 for campaigning for the election of an independent trade union, the National Union of Mine and Metalworkers (known as “Los Mineros”), at their plants in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
Ten of the sacked union leaders refused to take severance pay and, along with another leader who was sacked in April 2012, are fighting for reinstatement and the right to be represented by a democratically elected union at the plant.
You can support these workers by sending a message to PKC in Finland at LabourStart here.
The workers want to be represented by Los Mineros so as to win higher wages (most make U.S. $55 per week), improved health and safety and an end to arbitrary treatment and sexual harassment.
PKC has refused to negotiate with Los Mineros, instead signing a contract with another union (the CTM), which is controlled and financed by the company. Despite threats and intimidation, Los Mineros came close to winning an election in October and is now organizing for a new election.
The workers demanding reinstatement and democratic union representation are: Alejandro Ojeda Ramírez, María de la Paz Calvillo Solano, Javier Díaz Gómez, Ana Maria Méndez Pacheco, Josefina Martínez Hernández, Rodolfo Luna Martínez, Encarnación Escobedo Muñoz, Sergio Hernández García, Jesús Rogaciano Ibarra Quintero and Gerardo Hinojosa Morales and Juan Carlos Palomino Cansigno who was sacked in April 2012.
Join the campaign and sign up to the LabourStart campaign to send a message of protest to Matti Hyytiäinen, PKC president and CEO in Finland.
To find out more about the campaign on union rights in Mexico, go to: www.industriall-union.org/mexico-campaign.