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Smurfit Kappa workers protest against union-bashing in Colombia

18 October, 2018On 8 October, IndustriALL affiliate Sintracarcol began a week of protests against Cartón de Colombia S.A., owned by multinational Smurfit Kappa, in a response to the firing of a number of workers, as well as other anti-union actions.

Global unions condemn anti-union violence in Colombia

5 October, 2018Violence against union leaders has reached dizzying levels in Colombia. The Ombudsman's Office of Colombia recently reported that 343 social leaders and human rights activists have been murdered across the country since the peace agreement was signed in 2016.

Building union power through an energy, mining and base metals ‘macro sector’ in Latin America

25 September, 2018IndustriALL affiliates from the energy, mining and base metals sectors came together as a macro sector to discuss strategies for increasing their union power and building stronger union structures in a globalized world in constant flux.

Union leaders in Colombia face threats and violence

29 August, 2018Colombia is one of the ten most dangerous countries in the world for workers and trade union leaders, where 19 trade union members have been murdered so far this year. IndustriALL Global Union and other federations have expressed their concerns to Colombia's president, Iván Duque.

Case study: Glencore in Colombia

2 August, 2018Colombia is another of the resource-rich, conflict-ridden countries favoured by Glencore. The company is well known in the country for its violations of the environment and workers rights, including health and safety and the freedom of association.

Hunger strike at Tenaris Colombia called off but struggle continues

5 July, 2018The vice-president of the Tenaris TuboCaribe union in Colombia (Sintratucar), Jairo del Río, has called off his hunger strike after being hospitalized, but the struggle against union persecution continues

Union persecution continues at Tenaris Colombia

21 June, 2018Workers at Tenaris TuboCaribe in Colombia have filed a complaint with the ILO and have been protesting for the past five weeks in front of the factory in Cartagena to denounce the company's systematic attacks on trade union, Sintratucar. 

IndustriALL makes progress on gender work in Latin America and the Caribbean

27 October, 2017“We want genuine change” was a sentence that was heard many times during the meeting of the working group on gender, in Bogota, Colombia, on 16-17 October.

Unions around the world launch campaign against Glencore for violations of workers’ rights

14 September, 2017At a press conference in Bogotá́, Colombia, today, IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliates launched a world-wide campaign against Glencore’s violations of labour rights. 

Colombia - Sintracarbón denounces increase in accidents at El Cerrejón

31 August, 2017With 13 accidents in one month, including five in one day, IndustriALL affiliate Sintracarbón is calling for improved health and safety at the El Cerrejón mine in Colombia. Although no fatalities, some workers suffered disabling injuries.