From London daily News Line:
Friday, 9 June 2006
TRADE UNIONISTS MURDERED FOR DEFENDING WORKERS’ RIGHTS – ICFTU report
ONE-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTEEN 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.
The survey, published this week, also revealed that nearly 10,000 workers were sacked for their trade union involvement, and almost 1,700 detained.
Latin America remained the most perilous region for trade union activity, with Colombia once again topping the list for killings, intimidation and death threats.
Seventy Colombian unionists paid the ultimate price for standing up for fundamental rights at work.
Some Arabian Gulf countries continue to ban trade unions altogether, while in several other countries government-controlled ‘official trade unions’ are the order of the day.
In Australia, the government rushed through new laws depriving the country’s workforce of the most fundamental protections.
‘This year’s report reveals deeply disturbing trends, especially for women, migrant workers and those who work in the public sector,’ said ICFTU General Secretary Guy Ryder.
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