GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund
WSWS Autoworker Newsletter
27 December 2019
The group of militant GM workers at Silao, Mexico, known as Generating Movement, held a meeting this Monday and recorded a video thanking workers in the United States for donating to the defense fund established for the Silao Seven, who were fired for supporting the 40-day strike by GM workers in the United States.
In an effort to break the potential strike in the US, which began on September 15, GM began firing outspoken workers at the Silao plant to impose speedups and forced overtime. When the Generating Movement group voted to actively oppose these measures and hold online discussions with striking workers in the US hosted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, the corporation accelerated the summary firings in collaboration with the trade union. The company was ultimately compelled to shut down the Silao plant on October 1 fearing that the rebellion would spread.
Israel Cervantes, a leading member of the group and one of the Silao Seven, indicated that more than $2,100 have been raised. He commented: “We held a meeting to distribute the donations that you have sent us. Some could not attend, but we agreed to send it to them. Thank you, greetings, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.”