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Colombia is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a trade unionist. More than 3,000 trade unionists have been murdered there since 1989, mostly by right-wing paramilitaries in collusion with security forces. Other violations of workers' human rights include threats, displacement, militarisation of workplaces, declaration of strikes as illegal and arbitrary detention of trade unionists.

The TUC has strong relationships with Colombia’s three trade union confederations: the ICFTU-affiliated Confederación de Trabajadores de Colombia (CTC) and the non-affiliated [name] CUT, in particular are in close and regular contact. We work closely with Justice for Colombia (JfC), encouraging British and Colombian trade unions to develop links. Many British union organisations now support Colombian trade unions, helping to build their capacity to organise and defend their members' interests.

The TUC is also active in ILO attempts to put pressure on the Colombian Government to end violations of human and union rights.
Learn more about Justice for Colombia. www.justiceforcolombia.org/

The TUC General Secretary has written to the Colombian Ambassador to protest at the murder of transport union leader Fernando Florez.
15 October 2013
The Colombian union leader Huber Ballesteros must be released immediately and the charges against him dropped, the TUC has demanded in a letter to the Colombian government.
30 August 2013
The TUC General Secretary has written to the Colombian ambassador to protest at the arrest and continued detention of Colombian trade union leader Huber Ballesteros. Huber was arrested on the day he was due to visit the British embassy in Bogotá to collect the visa that would have enabled him...
27 August 2013
TUC General Secretary has written to the Colombian Ambassador expressing her concern for the safety of trade unionists
13 August 2013
The TUC general secretary has written to the Colombian ambassador in London to raise serious concerns over death threats made against oil workers union leader and community activist Hector Sanchez and his family. The TUC have joined international calls for protection to be provided and the threats to be fully...
02 August 2013
TUC General Secretary has written to the Colombian Ambassador to express concern for the safety of trade union leaders from the union, SINTRAMIENERGETICA.
16 July 2013
The TUC General Secretary has written to the Colombian President to call for action against the authors of death threats sent to 92 organisations, union, political and social leaders. She also calls for protection for individuals to be increased.
19 April 2013
The TUC General Secretary has written to the Colombian ambassador to protest about the recent assassination attempt against the President of the CTC, one of Colombia's main trade union federations. The attack marks a worrying deterioration in the already highly dangerous situation facing Colombian trade unionists.
26 February 2013
Come along for a rousing experience on International Women's Day to hear out guests' stories of resistance and hope, to celebrate the role of women in the global struggle, and to listen to some great live music and performance poetry. Guest Speakers: Alfamir Castillo, President of the Women Sugar Cane...
31 January 2013
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Colombian Ambassador Mauricio Rodriguez to express the TUC's concern over the safety of Igor Diaz and Aldo Raul Amaya Daza from the union SINTRACARBON and their families.
25 January 2013

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