This week marks the first anniversary of the filing of a CAFTA labor complaint on Honduras on March 26, 2012. The complaint, submitted by two dozen Honduran unions and NGOs along with the AFL-CIO, documents the failure of the Honduran government to enforce its own labor laws, providing multiple cases of violations in the maquila, agricultural export, and port sectors.
March 22 Update.Take Action Now. Workers reported this week that plain clothes security guards, employed by the company, have boarded buses that carry workers to the plantation, and with guns in hand, have threatened to kill workers if they support the union and join a peaceful protest that started on March 6. Fired union workers are engaging in the protest; the threat of violence forced t
USLEAP has released a new report on the Colombian government’s 2012 compliance with a Labor Action Plan signed by both governments in April 2011. The report is a comparative assessment that integrates analyses from the U.S. and Colombian governments, unions, and NGOs.
October 24, 2012 Update: Both houses of the Mexican Congress have passed a package of labor law changes that will roll back protections for workers as described below. The Senate version passed this week and now must be approved or reconciled with the version passed by the lower house.
An International Day of Action is being organized by Witness for Peace and others for Monday, September 17, in support of the Colombian workers on a hunger strike demanding justice from General Motors. Join an action or organize your own; the health of the workers is deteriorating. September 22 Update: Following the International Day of Action, the General Motors workers in Colombia suspended their hunger strike to show their "commitment to a definitive solution to our demands, and to d
The AFL-CIO this week released a new report that says the Colombian government has failed to fully implement its Labor Action Plan. The Plan was signed in April 2011 and paved the way for U.S. congressional approval of the Free Trade Agreement in October 2011, which was implemented, prematurely, in May 2012.
Another round of negotiations for what is billed as the largest-ever free trade agreement takes place the first week of July in San Diego. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) will establish new rules for trade and investment impacting worker rights, health care, the environment, financial regulation, and consumers. Negotiations originally involved the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam but Canada and Mexico are joining
In its 2012 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights released June 6, 2012, the International Trade Union Confederation found that Latin America remains the most dangerous region of the world for trade unionists, with Colombia again leading the world, followed by Guatemala.
Guatemalan unions yestrday used the occasion of the four year anniversary of the filing of the first labor complaint under CAFTA to call on the U.S. government to impose sanctions on their own government after years of its failure to act.
President Obama is planning to give a thumbs up on the Colombian government’s efforts to address worker rights violations, violence and impunity and announce this week that the U.S. will implement the Free Trade Agreement passed by the U.S. Congress in October 2011, thereby surrendering its opportunity to secure significant advances on worker rights, violence and impunity in the world’s most dangerous country in which to be a trade unionist.