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Trade union rights violations still ubiquitous

The most recent annual survey

Colombia and the Americas maintain the lead in a grim record of murder and repression of workers involved in trade union activities in the latest world Annual Survey of violation of trade union rights released by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) at the 100th ILO Conference. The Survey was conducted across 143 countries illustrates that trade union repression is still ubiquitous. A WDEV summary


Covering the year 2010, the Annual Survey (see reference) reveals:
* 90 murders of trade union activists (49 in Colombia alone)
* another 75 recorded death threats and at least 2,500 arrests
* at least 5,000 sackings of unionists because of union activities.
“Around the world, workers, communities and populations are trying to claim basic rights to decent work and a decent life, and in many countries these people are being met with sackings, violence and in extreme cases murder by governments and by employers and businesses,” the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow, said when launching the report ...

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