Paraguay is a country that has signed and ratified various ILO Conventions, including Conventions n°87 and n° 98 on freedom of association and free collective bargaining. As a signatory to these conventions it is obliged to respect them, honoring its international commitments and providing legal protection to all citizens and foreigners that live in Paraguay.
The IMF condemns the blatant interference of the Paraguayan government into the democratic right of the trade union and calls on the government to immediately stop this interference and restore social justice through respect of the law and international labor standards.
Therefore, the International Metalworkers’ Federation will:
1. in consultation with its affiliate in Paraguay SITRAC-FETRAMPAR lodge a complaint with the ILO against government interference in the internal affairs of the trade union;
2. call on its affiliates to take protest actions against this interference and violations of basic ILO conventions;
3. launch a public campaign to inform unions around the world and ask them to lend their support to the union in Paraguay to ensure that their rights are fully respected.