Colombia: Amnesty Intl. fears for safety of foodworker unionists following death threats, abduction

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11 October 2007

Colombia: fear for safety of two trade unionists

Author: Amnesty International UK

Javier Correa, President of the National Union of Food Industry Workers (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria de Alimentos, SINALTRAINAL), received a death threat, and the son of regional SINALTRAINAL leader Jose Domingo Florez was abducted and beaten. There are fears that the lives of members of SINALTRAINAL are in danger...The death threat bore the acronym of the AUC, and was signed by the Aguilas Negras...In recent years, members of SINALTRAINAL have been involved in a number of labour disputes, often with large multinational companies.

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Author: Terra Actualidad - EFE

El presidente del sindicado United Steelworkers (USW) de EE.UU., Leo Gerard, pidió al mandatario de Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, que proteja a los miembros del sindicato Sinaltrainal y a sus líderes, después de que estos recibieran amenazas de muerte, informó hoy la organización...Los tres dirigentes sindicales de la localidad de Bucaramanga recibieron recientemente amenazas, recordó Gerard...El sindicato expresó en un comunicado que mantiene su oposición al tratado de libre comercio recientemente negociado entre EE.UU. y Colombia.

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