The USW has introduced a resolution that calls for concerted efforts of protest to the countries, particularly the U.S., that provide military aid to Colombia. It also calls for providing support to Colombian trade unions, particularly for the purpose of helping preserve the lives of union leaders.
“We need action by the international community to stop this repression,” said Luis Enrique Hernandez, FETRAMECOL, Columbia’s delegate to the Congress. “Trade unionists in Colombia fear for their jobs, lives and families.”
The Resolution calls for the ILO to open a Commission of Inquiry on labor rights in Colombia and for the IMF to organize a delegation to Colombia to investigate and document the attacks.
“It’s an outrage that the U.S. and other countries supply the Colombian military with billions of dollars of assistance,” said the Jerry Fernandez of the USW. “It is also unconscionable that the ILO has failed to initiate an official inquiry of the situation.”