UNI Meets With Colombian Vice President

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 29 September 2011

UNI, the skills and services global union which encompasses 900 trade unions and 20 million workers was visited at its Nyon headquarters by Colombian vice-president Angelino Garzon.

The meeting was part of UNI's campaign to support Colombian unions in their fight for human and workers rights and to end the climate of fear for workers who want to organise. "Colombia is a top priority for us" said UNI Deputy General Secretary Christy Hoffman, "we have common ground in holding companies to account not only in Colombia but elsewhere. However, it must be said that the levels of violence (against Colombian trade unionists) are unacceptable.”

UNI Americas Regional Secretary Adriana Rosenzvaig has worked with Colombian affiliates to build a common platform. The aim is to build a dialogue with the major multinationals in UNI sectors in Colombia to change the culture of violent antiunionism. Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists with nearly 3,000 killed since 1986.

UNI asked the Colombian government to push for a proper investigation of the 2008 murder of Leonidas Gomez Rozo, a Citibank worker and leader of banking union UNEB. According to UNI, police have not made an adequate investigation of his killing. UNI also requested that the government look into the threats against a trade union leader at Prosegur. The Spanish security company’s Colombian operations are rife with anti-union tactics and intimidation and one of the union leaders is facing threats on his life.

To read the article on the UNI website click here.

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