2011 was a difficult and often dangerous year for workers throughout the world, with those who dared stand up for their trade union rights facing dismissal, arrest, imprisonment and even death. That in essence is the picture that emerges from the annual survey of trade union rights violations published today by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). This year’s survey examines 143 countries. Colombia is once again the most dangerous [...]
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Death Isn’t Mute is a report on violations to life, freedom and integrity of trade unionists in Colombia during 2008 and situation of impunity of violations in the period 1986-2009 For over 15 years, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other international human rights protection bodies, have urged the Colombian State to adopt measures to ensure that workers organizations can “freely [...]
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Introduction This report on the respect of internationally recognised core labour standards in
Guatemala is one of the series the ITUC is producing in accordance with the Ministerial
Declaration adopted at the first Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation
(WTO) (Singapore, 9-13 December 1996) in which Ministers stated: “{We renew our
commitment to the observance of internationally recognised core labour standards.}” The
fourth Ministerial Conference (Doha, 9-14 November 2001) reaffirmed this commitment.
These standards were [...]
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The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is less than a year old as we go to press. This is the first Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights to be published by our new organisation. The Survey itself is well established of course, and the format it follows remains the same. Sadly, the story it tells is also very similar, and depicts the enormity of the challenges before us. [...]
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More than 2,000 trade unionists have been killed and 138 have been victims of enforced disappearance in Colombia over the last two decades. In more than 90 per cent of cases, those responsible have not been brought to justice. Amnesty International considers that the human rights situation facing trade unionists remains serious. The Colombian authorities have taken some steps to improve their safety. However, more decisive action must be taken [...]
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115 trade unionists were murdered for defending workers’ rights in 2005, while more than 1,600 were subjected to violent assaults and some 9,000 arrested, according to the ICFTU’s Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights violations, published today. Nearly 10,000 workers were sacked for their trade union involvement, and almost 1,700 detained. Read the survey on ICFTU’s website.
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