Volvo Cars is about to start a new factory in Charleston, South Carolina, employing around 4,000 people who will produce the new S 60 model. The Swedish union tradition is set out to meet the South Carolina union busting tradition. Let’s see how that turns out.
Nikki Hailey, now famous for saying peculiar things as US representative in the UN Security Assembly, is a former governor of South Carolina. In that position she maintained that her state would welcome more manufacturing jobs, but no unions.
– We dissuade all corporations with unionized employees to come to South Carolina, Haley said to USA Today.
There is nothing decided on the matter yet. According to Dagens Nyheter there are discussions going on with United Auto Workers. The factory will be inaugurated next month so the outcome is probably to be expected in a near future.
The corresponding Swedish union, which has very good relations with Volvo Cars, has urged the company not to take part in any union busting operations.
Maybe the most serious allegation that United States and other countries in the (so called) free world direct against China is that it has no respect for human rights. But there is more to human rights than just freedom of speech, for instance Article 23, mom. 4 in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which states:
“Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.”
Gore Vidal once said that England invented hypocrisy. Since then the western world seem to have perfected the grisly concept.