FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
ASOTRECOL, The Struggle Against Transnationals in Colombia
Producer (55 min.) 2013, Colombia
ASOTRECOL=Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of General Motors Colmotores
With tactics ranging from hunger strikes with lips stitched shut to a nearly 1,000-day sit-in at the U.S. Embassy, Colombian workers are putting the world’s attention on General Motors’ treatment of its workers. This film tells the incredible story of an Association of Injured Workers who have taken on one of the most powerful corporations in the world, and have won victories they never thought were possible. The Obama administration pushed the US Colombian trade agreement with the argument that it would protect the workers of Colombia from assassinations and repression because of labor protections. Since the agreement was passed by the Congress and signed by President Obama, the repression continues and US corporations like GM and Coca-Cola continue to injure and terrorize Colombian workers.
Injured workers from Asotrecol have also come to the United States to the headquarters of General Motors to demand justice and have not received justice. The UAW which owned shares in General Motors, has also been silent about the treatment of the Colombian GM workers and the struggle continues.
Discussion will follow the film.
See also: http://www.asotrecol.org/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbj7Vl8Sbv8 http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014Films.htm http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm