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Colombian mine contractor convicted of murder

14 February, 2013Following the murders of two union leaders in Colombia in 2001, Jaime Blanco, a former contractor for the US-based coal company Drummond Co., was convicted of murder on 25 January 2013 and sentenced to nearly 38 years in prison.

Unions at Tenaris take action on Mexico

10 February, 2013Unions at Tenaris plants will be handing out leaflets on workers' rights in Mexico on the days of action 18 to 24 February 2013.

Unions at Gerdau take action on Mexico

10 February, 2013Unions at Gerdau plants will be handing out leaflets on workers' rights in Mexico on the days of action 18 to 24 February 2013.

Workers on strike at Cerrejón in Colombia

8 February, 2013Workers at Carbones del Cerrejón, represented by their union, Sintracarbón, have begun a strike for improved working conditions. Negotiations failed to reach an agreement and the interim settlement deadline passed without the company making an acceptable offer.

Carbones de Cerrejón workers vote to go on strike

31 January, 2013Carbones de Cerrejón workers in Colombia have voted to go on strike at the beginning of February. Their union, Sintracarbón, is hoping that the company will make a new proposal that will meet workers’ demands and end the dispute that began on 29 November last year.

Colombian workers unite to build a stronger union

22 January, 2013Colombian IndustriALL affiliate Sintracarbón is currently putting forward equal treatment for precarious workers as a key demand in its negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with Carbones del Cerrejón, the world’s largest open-pit set of coal mines.

Acerías Paz del Río workers in Colombia demand improved working conditions

22 January, 2013The Brazilian transnational company Votorantim, which owns 70 per cent of Acerías Paz del Río, has imposed precarious working conditions and outsourced work. In response, the Sintra Paz del Río union is demanding improved conditions for workers and their families.

Intimidation of leaders during collective bargaining at Carbones del Cerrejón

22 January, 2013IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Colombian president to protest at the threats made against the leaders of Sintracarbón trade union, who are negotiating with the company over working conditions.

Colombian union USO reaches agreement

10 January, 2013The violent 4-month labour conflict between Unión Sindical Obrera de la Industria Petróleo (USO) and oil field services contractor Termotécnica ended in agreement on 22 December 2012.

USO leader murdered in Colombia

13 December, 2012Hours after the EU-Colombia Trade Agreement was signed, another cold-blooded assassination of a Colombian trade unionist occurred 11 December, murdered for his trade union activities inside a multinational company.