US auto union criticizes GM for its investments in Mexico

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The agency notes that the company’s decision to invest $ 1 billion USD in its Mexican plant is “a slap in the face” for workers and taxpayers in their country.

WASHINGTON DC- The United States auto industry union, United Auto Workers (UAW), criticized the $ 1 billion investment in Mexico announced Thursday by General Motors (GM), calling it “a slap in the face” for American workers and taxpayers.

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes said in a statement that “at a time when General Motors is requesting a significant investment from the United States government in subsidies for electric vehicles, this is a slap in the face not just for UAW affiliates and their families, but also for American taxpayers and workers. “

GM said on Thursday, April 29th, it will invest more than $ 1 billion in its facilities in Ramos Arizpe, in the Mexican state of Coahuila, to boost the production of electric vehicles.

According to GM, the investment “will allow the inauguration of a new paint plant with innovative technology that will start operations in June 2021” and will also prepare an expansion in the assembly plants and global propulsion systems, which will turn the Ramos Arizpe complex into the GM North America’s fifth electric vehicle production center.

In his statement, Dittes considered that General Motors cars sold in the United States should be made by workers from that country and not from Mexico.

“Taxpayer money should not go to companies that use labor outside the United States while benefiting from subsidies from the US government,” argued the unionist.

“This is not the United States that we endorse. It is really inappropriate,” he added.

Democratic congresswoman Debbie Dingell, one of the Michigan representatives, also criticized GM’s decision to invest $ 1 billion in Mexico to produce electric vehicles destined for the United States.

“No US dollar should support our jobs being transferred to Mexico, especially when we have the workers and technology to locally produce the best vehicles of the future. GM needs to reaffirm its commitment to working American families,” the congresswoman said.

General Motors is accelerating its transformation to produce new electric models more quickly. The company has committed to launching at least 30 electric vehicles by 2025 for which it will invest 27,000 million dollars.

Source: Grupo Expansión

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