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Allegations of Human Rights Violations Aimed at Nissan Canton

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 10 Oct 2013 09:13am | comments

A new report outlines how Nissan in Canton violates workers' human rights standards to organize and bargain collectively.  MPB's Lawayne Childrey examines the report that alleges the Canton plant is in violation of international labor standards through its aggressive interference with workers trying to organize a union.  



The report finds that Nissans Canton plant is not living up to its obligation of the International Labor Organization core labor standards.   During a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. yesterday Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson  noted that the findings include imposing pressure, instilling fear and making threats that undermine workers rights to organizing a union. Johnson compares the alleged actions to the struggles of the civil rights area.


"One of the greatest Civil Rights leaders was Asa Philip Randolph who understood that understood that organizing workers and their ability to be able to be able to collectively bargain. Because Asa Philip Randolph understood that  if you organize the workers all citizens would be treated fairly under the constitution. And for those who try to separate it out they don’t truly understand that civil rights worker rights are one in the same."


Christopher Milton of Brandon has worked at the Canton plant for more than 11 years as a tool and dye technician. He says during that time he has experienced blatant intimidation tactics including racism.


" You know they sent me to Japan for three months for training and everything, me and two other white guys. You know and the people I have trained they're the ones that got put in that spot. And what really got to me is that a lot of white guys came up to me and told me Chris that is some racial stuff.  And a lot of my workers, they know what's going on in there and they're gonna support us trying to unionize it you know. eighty percent of the people who work in my shop they are for it."


Camille Young is the manager of communications and community relations with Nissan Canton. She says the UAW commissioned report  is neither objective or credible.

"It simply restates two years worth of false allegations by the unions. Nissan has never violated labor standards and would never tolerate threats or intimidation of our employees. Nissan will continue to abide by U.S. labor laws and support the rights of our employees to decide whether they wish to be represented by a union."


The report says Nissan recognizes and bargains with unions at almost all of its operation globally, but not in the U.S. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.





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