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GM accused of ignoring unsafe factories in foreign countries

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

General Motors is being accused of not caring about the working conditions in its plants in Columbia and India.

About two dozen protesters plan to hound GM CEO Mary Barra at events tied to this week’s auto technology conference in Detroit.

Paige Shell-Spurling is organizing the protests.  She says GM is ignoring problems with unsafe factories that have left dozens of workers seriously injured.

“We’re seeing this as an epidemic of injuries that GM doesn’t want to recognize.  They are not doing anything about it,” says Shell-Spurling. “They’re workers who were injured on the job. Fired for their injuries and they’ve just been kicked to the curb.”

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio
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GM CEO Mary Barra says the allegations have been "well-vetted."

GM  CEO Mary Barra declined to comment on the foreign auto workers complaints, except to say  their complaints have been reviewed by local authorities in Columbia and India and have been “well-vetted."

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.