Trade unionists murdered for pro worker activities: ICFTU report

Boycott Coca Cola, where trade unionists in Colombia are murdered, poster

From London daily News Line:

Friday, 9 June 2006


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.

Other countries under the spotlight for violence and repression against unionists include Iraq, Iran, El Salvador, Djibouti, China, Cambodia, Guatemala, Zimbabwe and Burma.

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.

See also here.

One corporation in Colombia where trade unionists are murdered, is Coca-Cola (see poster). See also here.

Coca-Cola in India: here.

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    (ANSA) – Vatican City, September 11 – Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube, an outspoken opponent of President Robert Mugabe and the central figure in a recent sex scandal in his country.

    Last July, state-owned media in Zimbabwe published poor quality pictures which it said showed the 61-year-old archbishop of Bulawayo in bed with a married woman.

    Ncube opposed the re-election of Mugabe in 2005 and after the polls he accused the president of rigging the vote in order to extend his 25-year stretch in power.

    He also encouraged Zimbabweans to overthrow Mugabe with a non-violent revolution.

    The archbishop presented his resignation citing an article of church law which envisages a priest relinquishing his duties either for reasons of health or of ‘opportunity’. In the past the article has been used in the wake of scandals.

    In a one-sentence statement, the Vatican said on Tuesday the pope had accepted the resignation. Without making any comment, it also circulated a statement by Ncube himself.

    The prelate said he was the victim of a “deliberate attack by the State, not only against me but also against the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe”.

    He said he was resigning so that if he is called to face trial he can go to court as “an ordinary person” and not as a leader of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe.

    “I remain a bishop of Zimbabwe and I will continue to speak out on issues I feel are important today,” he added.


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