Welcome to the official website of ASOTRECOL— the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of General Motors Colmotores. We thank you for your interest! This site is maintained by the ASOTRECOL Solidarity Network and the injured workers of ASOTRECOL.

Since August of 2011, a group of inspiring autoworkers has been living in a tent encampment in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. They have endured four hunger strikes with their lips stitched shut with a needle and thread as part of a protest against General Motors’ inhumane treatment of employees at its Colombian assembly plant. The injured workers who formed ASOTRECOL were severely injured at work, then illegally fired and left to a system rigged to deny workers’ comp.

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Injured workers Carlos, Jorge, and Manuel

GM implicitly acknowledged the legitimacy of the workers’ grievances when it sat down to negotiations with ASOTRECOL in August 2012. But unfortunately the company has been more interested in covering up what happened than doing the right thing. Negotiations ended with the company offering the injured workers just 18 months’ wages to go away.

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Carlos, Pedro, and Wilson

The story doesn’t end there… GM didn’t reckon with all the support the Colombians have received from rank-and-file autoworkers and solidarity activists here in the US! The ASOTRECOL Solidarity Network is dedicated to supporting the Colombian GM workers until they reach a just settlement with General Motors, and building solidarity between workers in the U.S., Colombia, and additional countries around the world.

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Some of the workers at the tent encampment outside the US Embassy in Colombia

  • Watch a documentary about the struggle here
  • Keep up with the latest news from the struggle here
  • Donate much needed funds to sustain the struggle of the injured workers and their families here
  • Do outreach and educate others in your union, community, organization, or faith congregation with these resources.
  • Participate in actions in your area to create the pressure needed to get GM to settle with the workers here

Thank you,
The ASOTRECOL Solidarity Network
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