Defend the Matamoros workers! For a united fight by US, Canadian and Mexican workers to defend jobs and decent living standards!
March on February 9 to oppose GM job cuts!
the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees
29 January 2019
The following is a statement by the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees in support of the strike by maquiladora workers in Matamoros, Mexico. The steering committee, which is made up of autoworkers and workers in Amazon and other industries, was formed at the emergency meeting to fight General Motors plant closings, held in Detroit on December 9, 2018, which was sponsored by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter.
The steering committee and Autoworker Newsletter have called for a February 9 demonstration at the GM headquarters in Detroit to unite workers across the US, Canada and Mexico to fight job cuts and wage and benefit concessions.
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The Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees calls on all workers across North America to support the strike by maquiladora factory workers in Matamoros, Mexico, across the US border from Brownsville, Texas.
Mexican workers are engaged in the largest strike in North America in two decades. They are reminding the world that the working class possesses tremendous social power. Seventy thousand workers have shut production at over 45 factories, mostly auto parts, and have stopped or slowed production at Ford and GM in the US and Canada.
The strike has been blacked out in the corporate press. Two weeks ago, Matamoros workers rebelled against their pro-corporate unions and held mass meetings to elect representatives to a strike committee. This committee then organized for workers to visit other plants and call for…