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New threats to Sintracarbón leaders in Colombia

25 November, 2014Once again, members of Sintracarbón, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, have received death threats. IndustriALL calls on the Colombian government to stop the persecution of trade unions and reiterates its solidarity with our threatened colleagues.

Colombian trade unionist Darío Cárdenas acquitted and released

10 November, 2014After spending one year and three days in detention as a result of a campaign calling for the nationalization of the Rubiales oil field, Darío Cárdenas, vice-president of the Meta branch of the Colombian oil workers’ union, Unión Sindical Obrera (USO), has been released from custody. 


15 October, 2014Thousands rallied in Bogota on 7 October to mark the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW).

Desperate fight for recognition of workplace accident

28 August, 2014For the last 13 years, distressed Colombian worker Rubén Montoya has been battling with Sura Insurance Company and Tenaris Tubo Caribe to get a pension and other benefits following a workplace accident. On 23 August, Ruben Montoya again tried to commit suicide.

Day of action against outsourcing in Colombia

31 July, 201428 July was a special day for Colombian workers, who renewed their commitment to the welfare of outsourced workers. The commemoration took the form of a national meeting to promote the formal sector and combat outsourcing.

IndustriALL women’s workshop in Colombia promotes organizing

30 July, 2014IndustriALL Colombia organized its 20th women’s workshop in Bogotá on 3 and 4 July 2014. Women from the affiliated unions Sintravidricol, Sintracarbon, Sintraindomecol, Utrammicol and Sintraelecol attended the workshop.

Mexico and Colombia on IndustriALL’s critical list for severe worker violations

14 July, 2014Mexico and Colombia have been singled out for special attention by IndustriALL Global Union due to severe and systematic trade union violations against IndustriALL affiliates in both countries.

Union mobilizes against BHP Billiton job cuts in Colombia

11 June, 2014Multinationals are often accused of having a tin ear for the plight of workers, an attitude very much in evidence this week than in the way BHP Billiton is slashing jobs at its Cerro Matoso nickel mine in Colombia.

CSR - Colombian Sponsorship Ruse?

11 June, 2014The Canadian oil giant Pacific Rubiales Energy is renowned in Colombia for its exploitative practices towards workers, indigenous communities, the environment and the economy. In an attempt to whitewash its image the company is now sponsoring the Colombian World Cup team.

PROFILE: Colombian mining and energy trade unions make progress towards unity

21 May, 2014Killings, detentions and persecution of trade unionists as well as abuse of labour rights and outsourcing are all challenges faced by three of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in the energy and mining sectors in Colombia. Believing in strength by numbers, the three trade unions have now embarked on a journey towards unity.