Unite urges Britain and Ireland to raise anti-union violence with Colombian government

Unite the Union, which represents more than 1.3 million workers in Britain and Ireland, has written to the two countries’ ambassadors to Colombia to urge them to take up the issue of violence against trade unionists with the Colombian authorities.

It follows the murder of yet another member of the FENSUAGRO agricultural trade union, Yordan Eduardo Guetio, in January and the previous month’s murder of Omar Moreno, the brother of FENSUAGRO leader Aidee Moreno, who has met with Unite members in both Britain and Colombia.

Unite previously condemned the murders of FENSUAGRO trade unionists in December, with around 35 killed since the peace agreement was signed in late 2016. Unite and FENSUAGRO have a formal partnership through the international trade union organisation Workers Uniting.

In the letter, signed by General Secretary Len McCluskey, Unite once again calls for determined action by the Colombian government to address violence against trade unionists and social activists. Colombia remains the world’s most dangerous country for trade unionists, with 20 murdered in 2020 and at least three so far in 2021.

Read or download the letter via the link below.