Colombia: Protest anti-union repression

The Colombian government has been trying to privatize municipal sanitation and utility services for years.


Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez

I am writing to express my dismay and outrage over your government's treatment of city workers in Cali.

The murder, harassment and intimidation of union workers who resist privatization will not go unnoticed.

I am asking you:

* respect the lives and physical integrity of the workers and community members in Cali;
* immediately halt the privatization of EMSIRVA and EMCALI
* end all reprisals against union members, respect their labour rights and reinstate SINTRAEMCALI members recognize their union.

I will continue to speak out against any such agreements as long as your government persists in ignoring the critical situation of human rights in your country.



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