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Model Letter to Yazaki North America

August, 15 2006 Share

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Mr. George R. Perry

President and CEO

Yazaki North America, Inc.

6801 Haggerty Road

Canton, MI. 48187

Fax: 734-983-1105

Phone: 734-983-1000

 

 

 

Dear Mr. Perry:

 

I am very concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation at the Arnecom auto part plants in Nicaragua and urge your immediate intervention to bring these plants into compliance with all Nicaraguan state and internationally recognized worker rights standards.

Workers seeking a job at Arnecom must first parade around naked before management to show they are fit. Women face mandatory pregnancy tests. Workers earn just 41 cents an hour and $19.68 a week, a well below subsistence level wage falling 30 to 44 percent short of meeting even a family's most basic needs. Arnecom workers report being soaked in their own sweat all day due to excessive factory temperatures. Permission is necessary to use the bathroom. Workers are punished for sitting down or being even a few minutes late to work. There is constant pressure to meet excessive production goals and in some departments workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals. The workers legal right to freedom of association is being systematically violated by Arnecom managements aggressive union busting drive, including threats and firings, to create an atmosphere of intimidation and fear directed at the independent union organized on May 29, 2005.

I urge you to immediately contact your local Arnecom managers in Nicaragua to inform them that the Yazaki Corporation insists that all local worker, human, and women's rights standards be strictly adhered to by Arnecom, in practice and not just words, including the workers legal rights to freedom of association and the right to organize an independent union.

I find Arnecom's systematic union busting tactics all the more disturbing as they come on the eve of the vote on the Central America Free Trade Agreement in the U.S. Congress.

Thank you for your attention to this serious issue, and I look forward to hearing your response.

Sincerely,