Han Young/Hyundai VICTORY!!!
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Han Young/Hyundai VICTORY!!
> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 02:04:53 -0800 (PST)
> From: Campaign for Labor Rights <clr at igc.apc.org>
> To: clr at igc.org
> Subject: Han Young/Hyundai VICTORY!!!
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> VICTORY IN TIJUANA!!! (details tomorrow)
> [Information provided by staff of the Support Committee for
> Workers, who ask that local activists seeking updates contact
> Labor Rights: (541) 344-5410, <CLR at igc.apc.org>]
> Ending months of struggle, including a hunger strike which had
> four weeks, on December 16 workers at the Han Young factory in
> Mexico won official recognition of the union of their choice:
> member of the independent union federation Frente Autentico de
> (FAT). In the end, the outcome hinged on a new union
> - by secret ballot (highly unusual in Mexico). The vote was: 31
> STIMAHCS; 26 for the CTM, the government union hoping to enter
the scene; 2
> for the CROC, the previous government union at the factory.
> In spite of firings, bribes and threats, the workers persisted
> demand for an independent union. Throughout this struggle,
> solidarity played a crucial role in keeping the pressure on
> U.S. activists in more than 25 cities participated.
> The boycott of Hyundai Motors proved to be an especially
effective part of
> solidarity activity. Han Young produces exclusively for Hyundai
> trailer factories in the Tijuana area. By putting pressure on
> division of Hyundai, activists were able to send shock waves
> conglomerate. There are indications that Hyundai management were
> that Han Young find a resolution to the situation. It is likely
> Hyundai's cash-flow problems stemming from the currency crisis
in Korea made
> the company particularly vulnerable to consumer pressure.
> Another instance of fortuitous timing was the debate over "fast
> during the Han Young crisis. Han Young became a reverse poster
child for the
> failure of NAFTA's labor side agreements to provide any
> worker rights. In consultations with Mexican President Zedillo,
> Clinton apparently raised Han Young as a problem case for
> relations. During the final week before victory at Han Young,
> activists focused much of their pressure on Zedillo.
> The Support Committee for Maquiladora Workers deserves great
credit for its
> multiple roles in this struggle. Without it, there would not
have been a
> * June 2, 1997: Han Young workers undertake work stoppage.
> percent have signed papers to form a union independent of
> control. Workers have been "represented" by the CROC union,
> are not elected and who negotiate "protection contracts" with
> * June 3: Company meets with new union's executive committee and
> that there will be no intervention, repression or intimidation.
> * June 4: Workers return to the job.
> * Mid-July: Company hires union busting consultant.
> * August 6: A member of the independent union's executive
committee is fired.
> * August 12: Two more members of the executive committee are
> * August 15: Han Young attorney offers $15,000 to labor advocate
> with the workers' actions if he will sabotage their efforts.
> * August: Han Young hires 20 new workers from Vera Cruz.
> * September 3: A hearing by Tijuana labor board to set a date
for a union
> election is nullified due to board's own minor clerical error.
> * September: Representatives of the government-controlled CTM
> into the plant by management, begin to give out free food and
> Fridays. Management threatens that Han Young will shut down if
> union wins.
> * September 8: Four more workers are fired.
> * September 10: Workers protest illegal firings with a one-day
> * September 25: At a labor board hearing to set the date for a
> election, the CROC calls for suspension of proceedings on the
basis that the
> CTM wants to file for recognition. Han Young workers
> receives calls from across the U.S. demanding that a date be
set. After four
> hours, board sets a date.
> * September 30: Han Young manager calls workers into his office
one by one,
> demanding that they sign a paper indicating how they will vote.
> told they will lose their jobs if they vote against the company.
> * October 1: Another worker is fired. Management tells workers
> plant will be shut down if independent union wins.
> * October 3: President of labor board, who had made decision to
> union certification election, is forced to resign.
> * October 6: Despite intimidation and attempted fraud,
> of workers vote for independent union.
> * October 6-17: Company fires four more workers and announces
plan to hire
> 50 more workers from Vera Cruz and fire all union supporters.
> * October 22: U.S. consumer boycott of Hyundai begins.
> * November 10: Labor board announces that it will not certify
> * November 20: Four of the fired workers begin a hunger strike,
> take only water with a little lemon and honey until the
independent union is
> * November 25: One of the hunger strikers is rushed to the
> doctors order him to stop the fast.
> * December 1: Han Young workers begin series of work stoppages.
> the Tijuana group coordinating local support for the workers are
> and all papers and files are rifled.
> * December 12: Han Young workers, Han Young management and state
> of Baja California all commit publicly to signing an agreement
the next day
> which will result in official recognition of an independent
union within 30
> * December 13: Without offering any explanation, representative
> state government refuses to sign agreement.
> * December 15: Han Young management offer 1,000 pesos to each
> will vote for the CTM union in a new election.
> * December 16: Negotiations take place between Han Young
workers, Han Young
> management and representatives of Mexican federal government,
> government and Tijuana labor board. By the end of day, a
majority of the
> workers have voted for the independent union in a new election.
> officially certifies STIMAHCS.
> * * * * *
> Job Opening:
> Communications Director/Fund Developer
> Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras.
> The Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras is a tri-national
> that pressures U.S. corporations with operations in Mexico to
> responsible labor and environmental practices. CJM seeks a
> bi-lingual activist to produce publications, lead fund-raising
> take initiative in our office in San Antonio, TX. Contact Martha
> (210) 732-8957.
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