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.
On December 11, a day after International Human Rights Day, the Colombian Congress approved a controversial measure that is expected to move jurisdiction over most human rights crimes (including murders of trade unionists) committed by military forces from civilian courts to military tribunals.
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.
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.
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.