(en) URGENT Hyundai/Tijuana alert!

Shawn Ewald (shawn@wilshire.net)
Sat, 27 Sep 1997 17:08:14 -0700

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------- Forwarded Message Follows ------- Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 16:54:13 -0700 (PDT) To: Campaign for Labor Rights e-mail list <clr@igc.org> From: Mike Rhodes <clr2@igc.apc.org> Subject: URGENT Hyundai/Tijuana alert!

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URGENT! URGENT! URGENT! URGENT! *********************************************** Support needed to ensure free and fair union election in Han Young (Hyundai) factory near Tijuana, Mexico: faxes and international observers are requested. Campaign for Labor Rights considers this a very high-priority struggle. *********************************************** URGENT! URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!

An historic union election is scheduled for October 6 at the Han Young factory near Tijuana. Han Young is a feeder factory producing chassis exclusively for a Hyundai tractor-trailor plant, also near Tijuana. The fact that this election has been scheduled reflects the courage and determination of the Han Young workers, as well as unrelenting support from international solidarity.

Your support continues to be needed. Conciliation and Arbitration (the Mexican labor board) has scheduled this election for union certification only reluctantly and after a previous delay. The Mexican power structure does not want this election. If (as everyone fully expects) the majority of workers vote to be represented by the union of their choice, this would be the first truly independent union in the entire Mexican maquiladora (assembly factory for export) sector. All affected parties understand the implications of the example that this election could set: the Han Young workers, Han Young and Hyundai management, the maquiladora owners association and the Mexican government.

In the past, when such an election was held at another factory, that company sent goons to intimidate the workers. There is every reason to fear that Han Young and/or the Mexican government might resort to similar dirty tricks if indeed the election does proceed as scheduled.


***** International observers are needed for this election: If you can go to Tijuana as an election observer on October 6, please immediately contact the Support Committee for Maquiladora Workers (in San Diego) to make arrangements: 619-542-0826 <scmw@juno.com>

***** Faxes are needed -- even if you have sent previous faxes: Please fax a letter (English is fine) to Antonio Ortiz, President of the labor board. Talking points: * You have been informed that a union certification election has been scheduled to take place at the Han Young factory near Tijuana on October 6. You support the board's decision to proceed with this election and you urge them to see that the election is held as scheduled, in an atmosphere free of intimidation, corruption and deception. * You will be closely following the situation at Han Young, through reports posted by the Support Committee for Maquiladora Workers and other respected human rights organizations. You strongly support the right of workers to be represented by the union of their own choice and their right to engage in collective bargaining.

Please send letters to: President Antonio Ortiz, Conciliation and Arbitration Board, Tijuana, Baja California fax: 011-526-686-3300 Please send copies to Support Committee for Maquiladora Workers fax: (619) 295-5879 and to I.C. Song, Hyundai Precision America fax: (619) 209-5696

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A FAX:Hopefully, a free and fair election will proceed as scheduled. If not, your future support will be vitally important. Many readers of these alerts do not have access to a fax machine. Sending regular mail to recipients in Mexico is not a viable option, given the nature of the Mexican postal system. In the future, when there is adequate lead time, letters can be sent by mail to the Support Committee for Maquiladora Workers, for hand delivery to the labor board or other relevant parties in Mexico. In this case, regrettably, there is insufficient time to allow for your letters being hand delivered.

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