The members of ASOTRECOL (the Association of Injured and Ex-Workers of GM-Colombia) were fired from the General Motors plant in Colombia after suffering injuries and illnesses on the assembly line, leaving them without workers’ compensation, medical coverage, or job prospects to support their families. Since Aug 2, 2011 ASOTRECOL has maintained an encampment outside the U.S. embassy in Bogota, having chosen that location because the U.S. government bailed out GM and still owns 26 percent of the company.
After a presence of 1 year in front of the US embassy without results, the members of ASOTRECOL went on hunger strike. After several unsatisfactory attempts at mediation the hunger strike resumed on Labor Day with seven members sewing their mouths shut.
In solidarity with the GM workers a demonstration was held in front of a GM dealership in Midtown Manhattan. Feb 2, 2013.
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