Unison Demands Colombia Respect Human Rights

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 19 March 2012

Unison, the public sector workers’ union has written to president Santos to protest at his government’s failure to address Colombia’s terrible human rights record. The letter insists that President Santos “live up to your promise” since taking office and address the “terrible human rights record of your government.”

In the letter Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis also calls on the Colombian government to reinstate 51 workers fired by EMCALI (the Cali local government enterprise) in 2004 for being members of the SINTRAEMCALI union. He also calls on the government to protect the life of the President of SINTRAEMCALI, who has received 4 death threats this year already.

In the letter it is noted that both the ILO and the Colombian judicial system have ruled in favour of the 51 workers and notes that the Colombian government thus has an obligation to ensure that the 51 workers are reinstated and given guarantees that they will not be subsequently persecuted.

To read the letter, click on the document above right.

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