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29 Apr 2014


UAW and IndustriALL alert OECD to rights abuses at Nissan USA

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Nissan to respond. Response provided.] The UAW and IndustriALL, which represents Nissan and Renault unions worldwide, assert that Nissan’s “aggressive campaign of interference” with employees’ efforts to form a union at the Canton, Mississippi plant is in violation of OECD guidelines on workers’ freedom of association...A research report issued by the Mississippi NAACP in 2013, detailed systematic management predictions that Nissan would close the factory if workers form a union. The union has offered a plan called “UAW Principles for a Fair Election,” but Nissan has refused to engage the union on steps to ensure employee choice in an atmosphere free of fear and intimidation...“Nissan is a global company that should abide by global standards that the United States and other countries have agreed on,” said UAW President Bob King. “The OECD Guidelines offer a way for the UAW, IndustriALL and Nissan to talk to each other in a neutral setting overseen by professional mediators.” [Also refers to Renault.]