22 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street against ‘free’ trade with Colombia

  1. Contract agreement disputed by Colombian and international labor activists

    A group of Colombian and international labor activists set out from Bogota for the eastern province of Meta on October 10 to protest an agreement signed between the Pacific Rubiales Energy Corporation and workers at the Puerto Gaitan oilfields. By Monday night, about 500 peaceful protesters had already arrived in Puerto Gaitan to call for better labor rights and to condemn the agreement.

    USO oil workers union president Rodolfo Vecino called the agreement “a dirty move” contrived between the company and the Mines and Energy Ministry. The “alleged agreement,” according to Vecino, includes unacceptable concessions. Although it stipulates some hiring and investment in the community, union leaders said the concessions do not adequately address the needs of the poor community.

    About 7,000 of the area’s 12,000 oil workers struck in September over issues of salary parity, contract labor and union rights. The strike was marked by firings of union supporters, attacks by riot police and worker resistance. The workers returned to work September 22 only after receiving assurances from Pacific Rubiales that it would engage in dialogue over the points of contention.

    The CUT labor federation arranged the caravan in conjunction with the USO. Efe reported, “The caravan includes representatives of the U.S. AFL-CIO, the International Trade Union Confederation and the World Federation of Trade Unions.”

    http://wsws.org/articles/2011/oct2011/wkrs-o18.shtml

  2. President sorry for 1999 massacre

    COLOMBIA: President Juan Manuel Santos has publicly apologised over a 1999 massacre in southern Colombia in which members of a government-backed right-wing death squad killed up to 50 civilians.

    Unveiling a new Reparations for Victims Act on Monday, Mr Santos said: “I want to take the opportunity to offer you my apologies as the president of the republic to all the victims. This massacre should have never happened.”

    On January 9 1999 members of the now defunct United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia descended on the village of El Tigre in Putumayo and raped, tortured and killed people deemed sympathetic to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/114625

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