Beatings & Violence


Colombia: Trade union president attacked & seriously injured during demonstration for freedom of association rights
LabourStart, 16 Jan 2014

Cambodia: NGOs allege violence & illegal dismissal of unionised workers at E-Garment factory, owned by Yee Tung and supplying major intl. brands - Includes responses by C&A, Dress Barn, Esprit, Marks & Spencer, Matalan, VF Corp., Yee Tung Garment
Workers Rights Consortium & Clean Clothes Campaign, Apr 2013

Mexico: Textile workers' defender kidnapped and beaten; another activist receives death threats
Maquila Solidarity Network, 17 May 2012

Pakistan: Striking workers allegedly attacked by "armed men employed by factory owners"
Intl.Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF), 15 Nov 2011

FIDH: "Grasberg mine - PT Freeport Indonesia must respect workers’ rights"
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), 8 Nov 2011

Indonesia: Global trade union delegation urges restraint from all parties in aftermath of violence at Freeport-McMoRan's Grasberg mine
Intl. Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Union (ICEM), 2 Nov 2011

Kazakhstan: Strike leader attacked after police questioned him about his role in ongoing oil worker strike
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 27 Oct 2011

A Strange Case: Violations of Workers’ Freedom of Association in the United States by European Multinational Corporations
Human Rights Watch, 2 Sep 2010

India: Intl. Transport Workers' Federation alleges that Maersk contractor SC Thakur beat up union workers in Mumbai - includes company response
eyefortransport, 19 Nov 2009

So. Africa: Union says members shot with rubber bullets while protesting lock-out by Ali Baba Foods – includes company response
Dominique Swartz, Food and Allied Workers Union, 7 Oct 2008

Colombia: Glencore accused of dismissing workers trying to form a union as well as two reported attempts on life of trade unionist from Glencore-licensed mine – includes company response
compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Aug 2007

Colombia: Amnesty Intl. highlights "systematic" attacks against trade unionists
Amnesty Intl. 3 Jul 2007

Philippines: Labour rights orgs. denounce police attacks on striking workers & their dismissals by factory producing clothes for Walmart
Maquila Solidarity Network, 1 Nov 2006

BusinessWeek in-depth articles on Coca-Cola's labour rights record in Colombia
Bloomberg, 23 Jan 2006

Iran: Automobile factory worker arrested on and missing since 12 April 2005, and violent attack on premises of a union
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 10 May 2005

Cambodia: Trade union repression will tarnish foreign investors' image of the country, says an ICFTU report
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 20 Apr 2005

Discrimination, violence & limited trade union rights on the menu for Australia’s workers
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 23 Sep 2002



La Colombie est l'un des endroits les plus dangereux du monde pour les syndicalistes
Amnesty Intl., 3 juillet 2007

Maroc: zéro de conduite sur toute la ligne en matière de normes du travail
Confédération internationale des syndicats libres (CISL), 13 juin 2003

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Victory for 12 workers and trade unionists in Pakistan

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

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16 January 2014

Colombia: End violence and persecution of trade unionists

Author: LabourStart

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17 May 2012

Worker rights defender kidnapped, beaten and threatened with death in Puebla, Mexico

Author: Maquila Solidarity Network

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Author: ProDesc [México]

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15 November 2011

ITGLWF Condemns Jailing of Pakistan Power Loom Union Leaders

Author: International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF)

The…[ITGLWF] has strongly condemned the brutal campaign waged by employers on workers and unions in Faisalabad, Pakistan…the ITGLWF’s General Secretary Klaus Priegnitz said “In July this year workers in Faisalabad were forced to go on strike to secure...

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8 November 2011

Grasberg mine: PT Freeport Indonesia must respect workers’ rights

Author: FIDH

Since September 15, thousands of workers have been on strike at Grasberg, in West Papua, the world’s largest gold mine. Grasberg is exploited by PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), a branch of the US-based company Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. The...

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2 November 2011

Global Trade Union Delegation Urges Restraint, Good-Faith Talks to Resolve Grasberg Mine Strike [Indonesia]

Author: Intl. Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Union (ICEM)

ICEM…sent a delegation to Indonesia from 30 October to 2 November at the request of the PT Freeport Indonesia Workers’ investigate the stalemated labour dispute and strike by their mineworkers at the Grasberg mine of Freeport-McMoRan in...

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27 October 2011

Another Striking Oil Worker Attacked In Western Kazakhstan

Author: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

One of the leaders of a strike by oil workers in western Kazakhstan has been shot in an apparent rubber-bullet attack, the latest in a string of similar assaults on strikers or journalists covering the walkout…Estai Qarashaev…[said] he was summoned…by...

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3 October 2011
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Author: Human Rights Watch

Carta a la Fiscal General Morales...Tengo el agrado de dirigirme a Ud. con el fin de retomar el diálogo sumamente constructivo que mantuvimos...en la cual abordamos el problema de la impunidad de la violencia contra sindicalistas en Colombia.....

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2 September 2010

Tesco's US operation accused of bullying staff

Author: Stephen Foley, Independent [UK]

European companies…are facing criticism from [Human Rights Watch]…for allegedly exploiting weak labour laws in the US and bullying employees to prevent them from joining unions…In a report…the campaign group says that managers at Tesco's…Fresh &...

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