LabourStart Launches Global Campaign to Win Justice for U.S. Nissan Workers (11-27-2012)

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CANTON, Miss. (Nov. 26, 2012) – The third annual LabourStart conference in Sydney, Australia, this week launched a campaign in support of workers at Nissan’s assembly plant in Canton, Miss., who are asking for a fair union election process and an end to Nissan’s tactics of fear and intimidation.

Since 1997, LabourStart has been a leading global union news service and has built a support network of nearly 100,000 activists globally. This year, more than 200 activists from around the world have gathered to discuss and debate worker issues that have global implications, including those surrounding the organizing campaign at Nissan USA’s assembly facility in Canton. Jeffrey Moore, a worker from the plant, attended the conference to bring attention to the issues in the Mississippi plant and the workers’ fight to defend their right to have a free and fair union election.

“Nissan workers are seeking union representation because we want fairness and a chance to be heard.  We want a voice on the job, just like our colleagues in Japan and elsewhere,” said Moore, who will help bring Mississippi to Australia, to LabourStart and to the world. “When the world stands behind us, Nissan will hear what workers in Canton have to say. I want to say thank you to LabourStart and supporters around the world.”

Danny Glover, activist and star of “Lethal Weapon” and other Hollywood blockbusters, also delivered a video message to activists at the LabourStart conference on Monday to shed light on Nissan’s aggressive anti-union campaign against its employees.

Nissan is denying these workers a fair, democratic election, and management has sent a clear message to the workforce that considering a union could cost them their jobs. Mississippi workers are fighting to defend their civil right to decide freely and without fear, whether they want to be represented by a union. These are the same rights afforded to Nissan workers around the world. Yet as workers in the United States continue to seek union representation, Nissan’s American management communicates anti-union messages without providing workers the opportunity to hear from the union, so they can make an informed decision.

Supported by workers, students, community leaders and human rights activists around the world, the LabourStart campaign calls on Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga to immediately intervene in Canton and allow workers the fundamental right to a fair union election, free of intimidation and fear. Join in supporting Nissan Mississippi workers’ rights. Go to www.labourstart.org/nissan  and insist that Nissan Do Better by writing a letter directly to Toshiyuki Shiga.

The Nissan plant in Cantonopened in May 2003 as the first auto factory ever built in Mississippi. Currently, it employs 3,300 workers, who produce 400,000 vehicles annually, including the Altima, Quest, Armada, Titan and Infiniti QX56.

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