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Arrests of Trade Union Leaders in Colombia Continue

Author: National Human Rights and Peace Commission, USO. Junta Directiva U.S.O Nacional (Colombia), Published on: 9 December 2013

The Union Sindical Obrera de la Industria del Petroleo (Uso) denounces the latest series of arrests…those of Campo Elias Ortiz, Jose Dilio Naranjo, and Hector Sanchez, who were workers and union leaders in intermediary companies contracted by Pacific Rubiales in…Meta. These events follow the arrest of Dario Cardenas, vice president of USO’s Meta Division…The…oil fields of Campo Rubiales…have become a new oil enclave, with over 10,000 employees who work in humiliating circumstances...[Our] union has repeatedly demanded decent working conditions and respect for workers’ constitutional rights. The response we have received from Pacific Rubiales, and its subcontractor agencies, has taken the offensive and repressive form of mass layoffs, stigmatization, militarization of the area and a wide variety of attacks on the region’s workers. Since 2011 countless protests have been organized in this region by workers and communities, to demand labor rights and the recognition of the right to unionize…

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