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Company Response

13 May 2014


Nissan's response

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Nissan to respond to an OECD complaint alleging it failed to respect workers' freedom of association at a Mississipi plant.] At this time, it would be premature to comment directly on the UAW’s request for mediation talks. We respect the role of the OECD and the U.S. State Department and the processes they have in place. It should be noted that the UAW already has compromised the confidentiality provisions of the OECD guidelines. For many years now, the UAW has been trying to organize a plant in the southern U.S., and Nissan has been among the union’s targeted automakers. In fact, Nissan workers have voted against UAW representation at our plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, twice. In Canton, there’s never been sufficient interest to bring it to a vote. We fully respect employees’ decisions on this matter, regardless of any pressure or attacks from outside groups such as the UAW.