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Pressure on Workers Grows as Crisis Hits Jobs

101 trade unionists murdered in 2009

The International Trade Union Confederation’s Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights (see reference) has documented a dramatic increase in the number of trade unionists murdered in 2009, with 101 killings – an increase of 30% over the previous year. The new Survey also reveals growing pressure on fundamental workers’ rights around the world as the impact of the global economic crisis on employment deepened. A WDEV summary

 

Of 101 murdered, 48 were killed in Colombia, 16 in Guatemala, 12 in Honduras, six in Mexico, six in Bangladesh, four in Brazil, three in the Dominican Republic, three in the Philippines, one in India, one in Iraq and one in Nigeria. Twenty-two of the Colombian trade unionists who were killed were senior trade union leaders and five were women, as the onslaught of previous years continued. The rise in violence in Guatemala and Honduras also followed a trend developing in recent years ...

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