PKC, a Finnish auto-parts supplier, have sacked more than 100 union supporters including the entire union committee in December 2012 for campaigning for the recognition of an independent trade union at their plants in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. Eleven sacke …

Walton Pantland

PKC, a Finnish auto-parts supplier, have sacked more than 100 union supporters including the entire union committee in December 2012 for campaigning for the recognition of an independent trade union at their plants in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

Eleven sacked union leaders are fighting for reinstatement and representation by a democratically elected union.

The workers want to be represented by the independent union Los Mineros, so as to win higher wages (most make US$55 per week), improved health and safety, and an end to arbitrary treatment and sexual harassment.

PKC, operating by totally different standards in Finland, has refused to negotiate with Los Mineros, instead signing a contract with a “yellow” company controlled union.

Despite threats and intimidation, Los Mineros came close to winning an election in October and is now organising for a new recognition ballot.

You can send a message of protest to Matti Hyytiäinen, PKC President and CEO in Finland about this outrageous attack on an independent union through this LabourStart campaign.

There is a UK public meeting in support of IndustriALL’s week of action on Mexico, supported by the Unite, Workers Uniting, TUC, Latin American Conference 2013, and the Campaign For Trade Union Freedom.

Diskus Centre

Unite Head Office

Theobald’s Road

London

20th February

6.00pm

Support Mexican unions who are facing attacks from their Government and employers.

For more information visit the Unite website.

 


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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