As the nationwide strike at General Motors (GM) reaches its twelfth day, demonstrations of solidarity with the striking workers are arriving from across the world. On Monday, we reported on Mexican workers from the GM plant at Silao expressing international solidarity with their fellow American workers on strike. Brazilian GM workers have also expressed solidarity.
Most recently, South Korean workers decided to send a message of support and international solidarity with the striking GM workers in the U.S. GM workers in South Korea are themselves waging a battle against the American car manufacturer for wage increases and for permanent job positions for the thousands of precariously employed temporary workers. The Korean Metal Workers Union rejected GM’s proposal of freezing wages and withholding annual bonuses for the second consecutive year. Since the beginning of September, GM workers have been going on partial strikes every week, stopping for several hours most days or halting production for whole days.
In the pictures below, laid-off GM workers outside the Bupyeong plant can be seen standing in solidarity with striking GM workers in the U.S.