Colombia: Nestlé trade union leader with govt. protection measures suffers armed attack

A trade union leader working for a Nestlé branch was allegedly attacked by paramilitaries; the leader survived, but one of the attackers was killed and the other one was injured by body guards provided by a governmental protection programme

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Company response
30 June 2014

Nestlé response re attack on trade union member in Colombia

Author: Nestlé

1 July 2014
"…The security and safety of all of our employees are the top priorities for our company. We are relieved that José Onofre Esquivel Luna was not harmed in this extremely disturbing incident and we have assured him of our continued solidarity and support."

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Article
17 June 2014

Colombia: Nestlé trade union leader with govt. protection measures suffers armed attack

Author: Amnesty International

On 16 June José Onofre Esquivel Luna, vice-president of the Bugalagrande branch of the National Union of Food Industry Workers…which represents workers in the Nestlé plant in Bugalagrande…was travelling in a car in Medellín…when two men on motorbikes started shooting at him. He was with two bodyguards, which were assigned to him together with a vehicle by the National Protection Unit, a government protection programme. The bodyguards returned fire, killing one of the assailants. The other assailant was injured and detained. A bus driver who was passing by was also injured…Esquivel Luna had…to attend a meeting of [the union] leaders, [but it] was suspended following the attack. [He had] also received paramilitary death threats on 8 November 2013, a day before Oscar López Triviño, another member of the union in Bugalagrande, was killed…

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