Workers protest dismissal of workers at construction site
Workers at the construction site of the proposed new headquarters for the construction giant Caterpillar in West Virginia protested the dismissal of three workers at the site on Thursday, calling the dismissal a “clear violation of the workers’ rights.”
The workers, who were laid off in November, are the latest in a string of workers who have been laid off at Caterpillar over the last several years.
Caterpillar’s parent company, United Technologies, said it is working to resolve the dispute with the workers.
“Caterpillar is working with the employees affected to ensure the best possible outcomes for them,” said spokesperson Jennifer Johnson.
Caterpillars workers have been working on the site for nearly four years, and have received less than half the pay they were promised before they were laid-off, according to the Associated Press.
Workers at the new Caterpillar headquarters, which is scheduled to open in 2020, are protesting the dismissal.
Caterpills workers have not been paid for more than three years, according the AP.
The workers have complained that the new headquarters will reduce their pay, cut back on their hours and have a limited number of office hours.
In November, Caterpillar laid off roughly 2,000 workers in West Va., about half of its workforce.
“This is a blatant violation of our rights,” said Jessica Molloy, a worker at the factory, according AP.
“We’re just tired of seeing our wages drop because they’re laying off workers to build the new facilities.”
“Caterpillars is the epitome of corporate greed, and we’re going to keep on fighting until we get justice,” said James Smith, a member of the union.
Caterpills new headquarters is expected to open as early as 2019.