Trade Unions Call for Foreign Office Minister to Go

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 20 March 2008

Britain's largest trade unions have condemned comments by Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells and say that he should resign or be sacked if he does not withdraw them. Unite, UNISON and the GMB, the three largest unions, as well as the CWU and ASLEF, have all denounced the Minister for putting lives in danger in Colombia and say he should publicly apologise or leave his ministerial post. The unions, which are all affiliated to the Labour Party, were responding to Dr Howells' allegations that Justice for Colombia supports the FARC guerrilla group. Community, another Labour-affiliated union, the National Union of Journalists, Prospect and Thompsons Solicitors, the largest employment law firm in Britain, have also issued harsh criticisms of the Minister.

The statements issued can be seen at the following websites:

Unite: http://www.amicustheunion.org/Default.aspx?page=8154

UNISON: http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1132

GMB: http://www.gmb.org.uk/shared_asp_files/GFSR.asp?NodeID=96817

CWU: http://www.cwu.org/news.asp?step=3&NID=1963

ASLEF: http://www.aslef.org.uk/information/106508/union_complains_at_uk_minister_s_colombia__slur/

Community: http://www.community-tu.org/information/101414/jfc/

NUJ: http://www.nuj.org.uk/innerPagenuj.html?docid=755

Prospect: http://www.prospect.org.uk/international/justiceforcolombia

Thompsons Solicitors: http://www.thompsons.law.co.uk/ntext/justice-for-colombia.htm

Justice for Colombia has issued their own statement concerning the Minister's remarks which can be seen at: http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/news/article/209/



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