Tragic Death of Trade Union Leader

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 24 June 2012

Justice for Colombia expresses our deep sadness to learn of the tragic death of trade union leader Raul Sosa. Raul was the President of SINTRAMIENERGETICA – the Colombian Mining and Energy Workers’ Union. He was killed in a car accident on June 21st along with his bodyguard, Munir Cantillo, on their way to meet members at the Drummond Mine.

Several JFC delegations have met Raul during visits to Colombia. He was a respected union leader, leading several historic industrial disputes defending his members against national and multi-national companies. He was also a fierce human rights defender, and on behalf of the union, helped many displaced widows and children of murdered activists. He was also an active member of the Patriotic March political movement.

His death is a tragic loss to the Colombian trade union movement and we send our condolences to his faily and all his trade union brothers and sisters.

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