General Motors CEO urged to address India factory strike
The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (IGLH) has put pressure on General Motors CEO Daniel F. Akerson to immediately intervene with local management at the Halol plant in India where hundreds of workers have gone on strike since March 16.
The factory workers are paid just 47 to 92 cents an hour and allegedly suffer from spinal cord injuries due to inhumane and unsafe working conditions. Halol’s management is also accused of violating the Provident Fund Act and regulations outlined in the Industrial Safety and Health Act.
“When companies like General Motors went global, they told the American people that by their example they would be the best human and workers’ rights ambassadors, raising standards across the global economy,” the institute said. “It is time for General Motors to act.”
The Halol GM factory produces the Chevrolet Cruze, Aveo, Tavera and Optra line of vehicles.
The American Chamber of Commerce in India, an association of US businesses operating in the country, has asked the local government to intervene and put an end to the strike.
“The unrest is of great concern,” Executive Director Ajay Singha told The Indian Express. “We would like to know to what extent this can be controlled by the government and how it tackles the labor unions and protesters.”
The Hindustan Times reported that the strike had caused production to drop to 70 cars a day against the factory’s peak capacity of 190 cars. Halol’s management has refused to negotiate with the workers, instead threatening to fire them.