By LabourStart Campaign
PKC, a Finnish auto-parts supplier, sacked more than 100 union supporters including the entire union committee in December 2012 for campaigning for the election of an independent trade union at their plants in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
Eleven sacked union leaders are fighting for reinstatement and representation by a democratically elected union. (News link)The workers want to be represented by independent union Los Mineros, so as to win higher wages (most make US$55 per week), improved health and safety, and an end to arbitrary treatment and sexual harassment.
PKC, operating by totally different standards in Finland, has refused to negotiate with Los Mineros, instead signing a contract with a company controlled union. Despite threats and intimidation, Los Mineros came close to winning an election in October (News link ) and is now organizing for a new election.
Los Mineros and IndustriALL Global Union call on trade unionists from around the world to send a message of protest to Matti Hyytiäinen, PKC President and CEO in Finland.