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Onslaught against Trade Unions Claimed 91 Lives

Article no: EN20081124-Article-6.8-2008

Onslaught against Trade Unions Claimed 91 Lives

The publication of this year's Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights Violations by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) reveals an appalling record of union-busting, anti-union laws, intimidation and violence against workers' representatives in 2007. A worldwide total of 91 trade unionists were murdered for defending workers' rights, the report finds. A WDEV summary

In Colombia 39 trade unionists lost their lives, by far the worst offender yet again. Second-worst was Guinea, where the regime of President Lansana Conte was directly responsible for the killing of 30 unionists during brutal repression of union-organised public demonstrations against corruption and violations of fundamental rights. The Survey also notes a disturbing upsurge in violence in Guatemala as trade unions were increasingly targeted, with four unionists murdered and a worsening climate of threats and harassment ...

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