문화연대 활동가 소연입니다.
현재 콜트-콜텍 노동자들은 여섯번째 원정투쟁으로 미국 L.A에서 열심히 활동하고 계십니다.
국제악기쇼가 열리는 13일부터 16일까지는 NAMM Show 에 콜트 사장인 박영호가 온다하여 더 열심히 활동하고 있는데요 자세한 소식은 cortaction.tistory.com 을 참조해주시구요
오늘 긴급하게 드리는 메일로 15일(LA시간으로)에 콜트 콜텍 노동자들이 Fender 회사와 만나게 됩니다. Fender은 콜트 사의 가장 큰 거래처 중 하나로 세계적인 기타회사입니다.
Fender사는 그들의 기타중 일부를 콜트 공장을 통해 납품받고 있으며 현재 미국에서 열리고 있는 The NAMM Show 2011 에도 참여하고 있습니다.
우리는 지난 2010년 LA 투쟁에서도 Fender을 만나서 콜트 기타의 한국 공장 현실을 알리고 이같은 상황에 대해 최대거래처인 Fender가 철저하게 조사하고 입장을 표명해 줄 것을 요구했었습니다.
1년이 지난 지금 Fender는 한국의 대법원 판결을 기다려보겠다 라는 수동적 태도만을 취하고 있는데요 이번 만남을 통해 이미 고등법원에서 부당해고라는 판결이 나온점, 또는 이와 상관없이 Fender가 보다 콜트사를 압박할 수 있도록 요청할 것입니다.
밑에 함께 첨부한 이메일은 Fender에 함께 전달될 이메일 서명입니다.
한국시간으로 약 16일 새벽 6시내외까지 받을 수 있습니다.
첨부된 메일 중반부의 링크페이지를 열고 들어가시면 함께 할 수 있습니다.
많은 연대 부탁드립니다. 아자아자
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From: Cort Action <email@example.com>
Subject: Urgent ONLINE ACTION ALERT today for Cort guitar workers: Sign the Petition! Jan. 14, 2010
Urgent Action Alert for Cort Action - - - January 14, 2010:
The Cort and Cor-tek guitar workers have arrived from Korea to NAMM in Anaheim to press for their livelihoods and for justice.
Tomorrow, Saturday January 15, the Cort and Cor-tek guitar workers of Korea will meet for the 3rd time with Fender, Cort's business partner. It has been a year since Fender was notified of Cort's labor law violations. We need to let Fender know TODAY, before the meeting tomorrow, that it is not just the workers who want their jobs back, but also the broader American public who demands that its guitars are made under fair and humane conditions.
Click the link to sign the petition to Cort and Fender (밑의 링크를 클릭하여 서명에 동참해주세요!!)
and please forward widely to all your list-serves. The critical time to sign this letter is today.
For more about the Cort workers' struggle, see http://cortaction.wordpress.com. See below for sample letter:
Support Cort Guitar Workers in Korea
Guitars everywhere should be made under fair and humane conditions, but at Cort Guitars in Korea, the workers endured sweatshop conditions at pittance wages making Fender guitars while Cort’s CEO became one of the wealthiest men in Korea. When the workers formed a union to demand better conditions, Cort fired all of them in 2007 and moved the company's factories to China and Indonesia to avoid recognizing their basic rights, leaving hundreds of workers locked out at the factory gates. The Korean courts judged the mass dismissals to be illegal, but Cort has not budged, instead using violence and intimidation to secure forced resignations by its workers.
By emailing Cort and Fender, you will increase the pressure where it matters most- letting Fender, one of Cort's main business partners, know that they cannot continue to profit off of anti-worker factories. Make sure that Cort and Fender management know that you support the rights of Cort guitar workers and will stand by them until their rights and livelihoods are restored.
Dear (Fender CEO) Larry Thomas and (Cort CEO) Yung Ho Park
I am deeply disturbed that the Cort and Cor-tek guitar workers of Korea were illegally mass fired after working in sweatshop conditions for decades to produce Fender guitars. Just because Fender has outsourced guitar manufacturing to Cort doesn’t mean that I have stopped caring about the conditions in which my guitars are made. The Cort and Cor-tek guitar workers are skilled and dedicated guitar workers and have been making your guitars for decades. They want to return to work and they deserve the right to a safe, fair and harassment-free workplace. They should be entitled to the protections they are afforded under the labor law in Korea: breaks, workers’ compensation, non-mandatory overtime, the ability to go to the bathroom when they need - all rights that they were denied in the Cort and Cor-tek factories.
I urge you to correct this situation as soon as possible, and to enforce basic labor rights and your Code of Conduct with all of your overseas contractors.
While I recognize that you have taken some steps, the internal, closed-door investigation you performed with no assurance of impartiality in procedure and no reporting on progress to the union was not sufficient. Furthermore a year has now passed with no action taken.
By continuing business with Cort, not only in production but also expanding into retail by opening two Fender stores in Korea with Cort made products and with Cort-affiliated management, these actions by Fender do not ensure me that you are committed to ensuring that your overseas factories uphold basic labor standards. Based on your investigation, I urge you to take immediate steps to cut your contract and other business with Cort until they have taken steps to correct their labor violations and re-open the Korean factories and rehire the illegally fired workers.
Guitars are not worth more than human beings. Without dignity and respect in the Cort factories, and as long as the Cort and Cor-tek factories in Korea are shuttered, I cannot support Cort or Fender until this problem is resolved.