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Colombia: Amnesty Intl. says trade union leaders negotiating with Cerrejon Coal have been threatened

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12 February 2013

Cerrejón Statement

Author: Cerrejón Coal

Cerrejón respects freedom of association as recognized by the 14 Collective Bargaining Agreements achieved together by the Sintracarbón union, our requirements to the Cerrejón’s contractors, and the absence of criticism to the company´s respect to this employee right. We are currently facing a strike called by the Union, which we consider to be unjustified and harmful to worker´s interests. However, we respect the Union´s right to call a strike as long as it is carried out peacefully and respectfully…Cerrejón rejects and condemns the telephone threats that the family members of some union leaders received as well as themselves…we have requested Government authorities to take all the security measures required and we have provided temporary means to facilitate Igor Diaz´s protection…

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Author: Cerrejón

Cerrejón es una empresa respetuosa del ejercicio de la libertad sindical como lo demuestran las 14 Convenciones Colectivas construidas conjuntamente con Sintracarbón, las exigencias a todos nuestros contratistas y la ausencia de señalamientos a la empresa de hostigamiento al ejercicio de esta libertad y derecho de los trabajadores. Actualmente enfrentamos una huelga declarada por el Sindicato, la cual consideramos injustificada y perjudicial para los intereses de los trabajadores; sin embargo, respetamos el derecho que le asiste al Sindicato de utilizar este recurso siempre y cuando se ejerza de manera pacífica y respetuosa…Cerrejón rechaza y condena las amenazas telefónicas recibidas por familiares de líderes sindicales o por ellos mismos….[Y] hemos solicitado a las autoridades estatales implementar las medidas de protección correspondientes y provisionalmente hemos dispuesto de algunos medios para facilitar la protección de Igor Diaz…

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21 January 2013

Colombia: Trade Union Negotiators Threatened

Author: Amnesty International

Two trade union leaders have been threatened in La Guajira Department in north-east Colombia…Igor Díaz López and Aldo Raúl Amaya Daza are part of the negotiating committee of [The National coal industry trade union], SINTRACARBON. They have been negotiating a labour agreement with a coal company [Cerrejon, part of Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Xstrata] on behalf of the mine workers. On 19 January a first phase of the negotiation ended and workers are about to decide whether to go on strike. Trade unionists face repeated death threats during disputes over labour and attempts to get improved terms and conditions of employment. Paramilitaries have often made telephone death threats to trade unionists…[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Cerrejon to respond. The response is provided below]

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Author: Agencia de Información Laboral, Escuela Nacional Sindical, ENS [Colombia]

A sólo un día de terminar la etapa de arreglo directo entre…Sintracarbón y Carbones El Cerrejón…subsisten grandes diferencias que impiden llegar a un acuerdo, por lo que cada vez está más cerca la posibilidad de una huelga en este complejo carbonífero…La clara posición de Sintracarbón en el proceso de negociación —que no ha estado exento de amenazas contra la vida de dos de los dirigentes negociadores y sus familias— ha recibido el apoyo solidario de la población…Actualmente la convención colectiva cobija a los 5.700 trabajadores con contrato directo de la empresa (4.300 afiliados a Sintracarbón), pero con repercusiones en las empresas contratistas…Precisamente uno de los puntos que se discuten es la contratación directa de estos tercerizados…

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