The November 2018 announcement by General Motors of the closure of five factories in North America and the elimination of some 15,000 jobs was a frontal attack on autoworkers and the entire working class. The jobs massacre spearheaded a new restructuring of the auto industry, threatening the jobs of millions around the world.
GM’s closure of plants in Detroit, Michigan; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario devastated autoworkers and entire communities.
Central to the success of an international response by the working class is the formation of rank-and-file factory committees, independent of the corporatist trade unions, to link autoworkers with other sections of the working class in struggle, such as teachers, Amazon workers, steelworkers, and United Parcel Service workers.
This pamphlet outlines the central political and historical issues in this fight and makes the case for rank-and-file factory committees, independent of the unions, and a socialist political movement of the working class.