The injured Colombian GM workers of ASOTRECOL have engaged in dramatic actions in order to bring visibility to their struggle and increase pressure on GM to resolve the labor dispute.
- Maintaining a 24-hour-a-day, 7 day a week tent encampment in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá for the last 3220 days.
- Sewing their lips shut with a needle and thread
- Extended hunger strikes
- Symbolic crucifixions
- Burial actions lasting weeks
Their supporters in the U.S. have also carried out actions to increase the visibility of the issue and to pressure the decision-makers capable of resolving this labor conflict.
- Rallies at GM World Headquarters in Detroit
- Fasts in solidarity with the hunger striking workers, including one Detroit autoworker who fasted for 23 days
- Visits to Chevrolet dealerships across the nation
- Mic checks, banner raises, larger-than-life puppets and leafleting at Autoshows in Detroit, Portland, Chicago and New York
- Online petitions, including one with 67,000 signatures
- Protests in front of GM Headquarters during its Annual Stockholder’s Meeting
- Demonstrations in front of homes of GM executives with the power to resolve this issue
- Publicly binging the situation of the injured Colombian GM workers to CEO Mary Barra in the Stockholder’s Meeting
- A bicycle delegation of over 1,000 miles from Detroit to the GM Board of Directors’ homes, to bring the issue to the decision-makers’ doorsteps