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Examining workers" rights and violence against labor union leaders in Colombia

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor (2007)

Examining workers" rights and violence against labor union leaders in Colombia

hearing before the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, first session, hearing held in Washington, DC, February 12, 2009.

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor (2007)

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Published by U.S. G.P.O., For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O. in Washington .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Employee rights -- Colombia,
  • Labor unions -- Colombia,
  • Labor union members -- Violence against -- Colombia,
  • Industrial relations -- Colombia,
  • Colombia -- Politics and government -- 1974-

  • Classifications
    LC ClassificationsKF27 .E3 2009
    The Physical Object
    Paginationiii, 110 p. :
    Number of Pages110
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL23220569M
    ISBN 100160830664
    ISBN 109780160830662
    LC Control Number2009416110

    To give you an idea of the persisting union-related violence since , take a look at some shocking numbers, collected by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR): 12,+ incidents of union violence reported by American media + American deaths 5,+ incidents of personal injury 6,+ incidents of vandalism.   WASHINGTON – A report released today under the labor chapter of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Trade and Labor Affairs identifies significant concerns regarding Colombian labor law enforcement, as well as concerns with the prosecution of cases of anti-union violence. The report responds to a submission filed under the . Historically, Colombia's worker groups formed unions to attain political goals but failed to coalesce into enduring collective bargaining units. Nevertheless, the labor movement did express itself clearly through strikes, sit-ins, and other forms of work stoppage and contributed directly to the long-term development of society by bringing. COLOMBIAN ACTION PLAN RELATED TO LABOR RIGHTS April 7, The Colombian Government has confirmed its ongoing commitment to protect internationally recognized labor rights, prevent violence against labor leaders, and prosecute the perpetrators of such violence. In furtherance of this commitment, the Government of Colombia and the.


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In broadening the public understanding of government and its work. Get this from a library. Examining workers' rights and violence against labor union leaders in Colombia: hearing before the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S.

House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, first session, hearing held in Washington, DC, Febru [United States.

Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor.]. 1A fuller discussion on the shortcomings of Colombia’s labor laws and its failure to enforce those laws can be found in our briefing book entitled, Workers’ Rights, Violence and Impunity in Colombia(Jan.

), available online at in violence against union members and union leaders in Colombia." (p.7) However, as outlined in more detail in section 4, we disagree with this description of the data. We believe the data on union homicides presented in Mej a and Uribe [Nov.

] are highly variable and do not display any consistent pattern or trend over the past several years. Since Iván Duque became president last year, violence against union and social leaders has been on the rise. Igor Díaz, from IndustriALL affiliate Sintracarbón.

received a text message on 6 June, with a warning that an “extermination operation” would commence in 24 hours. Another report, " Anti-union violence, impunity and protection of trade unionists in Colombia", published by NGO Escuela Nacional Sindical, states that there were 2, violations against the life, freedom and integrity of Colombian trade unionists, including murders, between and Social leaders are also targets of violence.

Targeted Trade Unions The violence perpetrated against trade union activists is preventing any effective exercise of freedom of association in Colombia. The new Government led by President Álvaro Uribe is pushing for labour reforms. These reforms threaten basic rights, such as the right to work, organise Examining workers rights and violence against labor union leaders in Colombia book collective bargaining.

Source: Human Rights Information System, SINDERH, ENS. Violence against activism and union leaders continues to increase throughout While in these type of cases were %, in August the number reached % of total records. This characteristic could be related to the escalation of violence against human rights leaders and defenders, since according to the UN, the.

For workers in Colombia, a strong union can also mean the difference between life and death. The Abuses Continue On February 1,AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote President Obama about his "profound shock" over the murder of Coke worker and Sinaltrainal union leader Ricardo Ramon Paublot Gomez in Barranquilla on January Union violence is exciting in and of itself for many intellectuals, who generally are bored by stability and gradual material progress.

Labor violence also provides intellectuals with support for their view that workers are alienated from the economic system. Workers are not alienated. Focusing on Colombia between the s and the present, Chomsky looks at the Urabá banana export region, where violence against organized labor has been particularly acute, and, through a discussion of the AFL-CIO’s activities in Colombia, she explores the thorny question of U.S.

union involvement in foreign s: 5. A minimum of 25 workers is required to maintain or establish a trade union in Colombia, so that where the company employs at least 25 employees, the employees can establish a company level union. Only the employees can form a union. There are no work councils or other employee representatives.

Last modified 9 Jan Unions, human rights activists and others say the abuses and dangers persist, and in some case have grown.

As a result of attacks on unions and other pressures, the percentage of unionized workers in Colombia has dropped from 15 percent 20 years ago to about 4 percent today. A second union leader George Pettibone, was acquitted in and charges against the union president Charles Moyer were dropped.

Progressive President Theodore Roosevelt wrote in a letter to the British ambassador that the Haywood trial verdict was “a gross miscarriage of justice, concluding, “I suppose the jury was terrorized.”. Febru Hearing on Examining Workers' Rights and Violence against Labor Union Leaders in Colombia United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor.

The report comes as Colombian Congress works to address what activists call an “extermination” of social leaders and human right advocates in the country.

This newest report said the majority of the victims of “anti-union violence were leaders and steering committee members who had been defending human and labor rights.”. Violence against unionists has been a driving force in unions’ downward spiral.

Sincemore than 2, union members have been killed threats have made against union members, according the National Labor Academy in Medellin, a reliable source for labor information in Colombia. Anti-union violence is physical force intended to harm union officials, union organizers, union members, union sympathizers, or their families.

It is most commonly used either during union organizing efforts, or during strikes. The aim most often is to prevent a union from forming, to destroy an existing union, or to reduce the effectiveness of a union or a particular strike action.

Preventing Violence against those Exercising Labor Rights Expanded the scope of the existing government protection program for union leaders to also provide protection for labor activists (such as shop stewards and bargaining committee members), workers who are trying to organize or join a union, and former union activists who may be threatened.

threats and violence against family members creates a climate of fear for trade unionists that makes it impossible for them to fully and confidently exercise their rights to organize, bargain collectively, go on strike or criticize the government.

Keywords. Colombia, workers' rights, violence, murder, trade unions, anti-unionism, AFL-CIO. This is yet another example of trade agreements failing to live up to their promises for workers. Years after Plan Colombia went into effect, the government of Colombia refuses to investigate violence against labor activists, allows employers to deny labor rights and neglects to inspect, much less prosecute, alleged violations of labor laws.

“There is a political message behind these aggressions against women leaders and candidates, particularly in the territories where stereotypes and tolerance to gender-based violence. [Excerpt] The National Labor School (ENS) reports that 38 trade unionists were murdered in Colombia between January 1 and December 1, While this does reflect a welcome decrease from the number of trade unionists murdered inthe current rate of murders still places the country in a class of its own.

Since2, Colombian trade unionists have been murdered. The killings last week of two labor leaders in Colombia underscore the need for the government to prosecute anti-union violence, Human Rights Watch.

In the words of the Colombian government, the Labor Action Plan was introduced to demonstrate the country’s “ongoing commitment to protect internationally recognized labor rights, prevent violence against labor leaders, and prosecute the perpetrators of such violence.”.

The International Trade Union Confederation’s latest report shows the shocking extent of violence against trade unionists in Colombia. Thirty-four trade unionists were murdered in   The governments of Colombia and the United States signed the Labor Action Plan (LAP) three years ago this week.

The plan was intended to provide a road map for Colombia to protect internationally recognized labor rights, prevent violence against labor leaders and prosecute the perpetrators of such violence.

Making The ColoMbia labor aCTion Plan Work for WorkerS 3 Three yearS ago, the U.S. and Colombian governments made numerous and specific promises to improve labor rights in Colombia. at the time, the U.S. government said fulfilling these promises would be a precondition to enacting any free trade agreement (fTa) with Colombia.

Though Clinton has never explicitly explained her change of position on the U.S.-Colombia trade pact, she acknowledged “concerns” about Colombian “human rights abuses, violence against labor organizers, targeted assassinations, and the atrocities of right-wing paramilitary groups” in her book, “Hard Choices.”.

Somepeople were killed cases of sexual violence against women were reported during the half-century of fighting before the accord was signed in between the government and. Colombia remains the deadliest for workers and union members. In Colombia, there were 10 attempted murders and recorded cases of threats to life.

by endemic violence against trade union. Anti-Union Violence Persists in Colombia As of J ten members of the Fensuagro agricultural union have been killed so far in The International Trade Union Confederation’s latest report documents Colombia as the most dangerous country for labor organizing, plus a poor labor rights.

On April 7,Colombia’s National Union School (ENS in Spanish) and the Colombian labor movement released a report that details the many ways the Labor Action Plan has not delivered on its promises—violence against trade unionists continues; in the three years since the Labor Action Plan was signed, 73 more trade unionists were murdered.

Yet as union leaders and human rights activists conveyed these harrowing reports of violence to then-Secretary of State Clinton in lateurging her. Yet as union leaders and human rights activists conveyed these harrowing reports of violence to then-Secretary of State Clinton in lateurging her to pressure the Colombian government to.

New Security Incidents against Oil Workers’ Union (USO) On Janu Colombia’s Oil Workers’ Union (USO) reported that death threats sent to union members in are increasing nation-wide.

From January 9 to 27, two of their members survived murder attempts and another eight received threats via phone and text. InObama opposed the FTA with Colombia because of government-sanctioned violence against unions, telling the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in a speech, “the violence against unions in Colombia would make a mockery of the very labor protections that we have insisted be included in these.

Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said on Monday, raising questions about similar provisions in.

Welder Lillian Lightbourne. Martha W. Tabor. Washington DC. AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department Records. In the s and s, the combined power of the feminist movement and the growing influence of women in the labor movement broke down many.

- During protests by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local against workers replacing union jobs, picketers engaged in scuffles, chanting and sounding gunshots. Inthe Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the union had engaged in "ongoing acts of intimidation, violence, destruction of property", awarding the plaintiff $, in punitive damages.

Union Leaders Mobilize on Gender-Based Violence at Work. Aug ; Tula Connell; Gertrude Mtsweni and Rose Omamo, trade union leaders from Africa, recently joined hundreds of workers who participated with government and employer representatives in high-level deliberations on a draft global standard addressing gender-based violence at work.Labor unions and movements play an important role in the United States.

Although they are treated synonymously, the labor movements encompass a broader scope than labor unions. Some of the examples of current labor unions and movements include National Guestworker, Domestic Workers United and Wal-Mart workers groups.During the early s, most violence connected with labor disputes was committed spontaneously by unorganized groups of workers.

During the twentieth century, the pattern changed and most violence was caused by workers organized into unions. Although no statistics have been completed on how much violence has been committed by labor unions in the United States until recently, some .