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Issue 574, 5 October 2007 - All unions should back the Greens

Biggest auto strike in 30 years

The US's biggest industrial strike for seven years hit General Motors (GM) in September when over 70,000 UAW union members walked out.
The workers are striking over healthcare benefits and job security.

The action brought the world's second biggest car-maker to a virtual standstill and is the first national autoworkers strike for 30 years.

"I'll be out here until the cows come home," said Yvette Kelly on the picket line at GM's assembly plant in Hamtramck, Michigan.

"They don't want to guarantee job security or healthcare. What's left?

"They just chop, chop, chop away, and send everything overseas. Who wants to keep putting up with that?"