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Guatemala: Intl. Trade Union Confederation condemns killing of young construction unionist in Quetzaltenango
ITUC, 14 Jan 2014  

Swiss prosecutors close lawsuit against Nestlé alleging company's complicity in murder of Colombian labour leader
AFP, 2 May 2013

No letup in anti-union pressure in Colombia - 280 trade unionists received death threats & 20 killed in 2012
Intl. Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 19 Apr 2013

Colombia: Justicia colombiana sentencia a ex-contratista de Drummond por asesinato de dos sindicalistas en el 2001, y ordena investigar a dirigentes de la empresa
Associated Press, 6 febrero, 2013

Bangladesh: Killing of labour rights activist, Aminul Islam, still under investigation 5 months on - was trying to resolve labour impasse at suppliers for American Eagle, Tommy Hilfiger/PVH, Nike & others - includes responses & non-responses
New York Times, 9 Sep 2012

So. Africa: 34 killed & at least 78 injured after police open fire on striking workers at Lonminmine
compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Aug 2012

General Secretary of Colombian Sugar Cane Cutters’ union assassinated
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) (Canada), May 2012

Union & NGO file criminal charges against Nestlé in Switzerland alleging it failed to prevent death of trade unionist in Colombia - company denies all allegations

Basler Zeitung (Switzerland), 6 Mar 2012
    Nestlé response
    Nestlé, 7 Mar 2012
 
Guatemala: Banana Union leader killed "in the midst of a battle" waged by the union against Del Monte's subsidiary Bandegua
Intl. Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 10 Feb 2012

Police accused of killing 1 union activist & injuring others in shootings during protest at Freeport Indonesia in West Papua - includes company response

Asian Human Rights Commission, 13 Oct 2011

Colombia: Human Rights Watch study finds "virtually no progress" in obtaining convictions for killings of trade unionists
Frank Bajak, Huffington Post (USA), 2 Oct 2011
     Human Rights Watch letter to Colombian Attorney General re impunity for anti-union violence
     José Miguel Vivanco, Human Rights Watch, 3 Oct 2011

Colombia: Contractor who was trying to bring trade union rights to temporary Ecopetrol employees is killed
Intl. Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Union (ICEM), 2 Oct 2011

Colombia: Summary profile of lawsuit against Drummond for alleged involvement in killings of trade unionists including various media reports
compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Last updated 4 Feb 2011

Philippines: Worker rights violations, killings & threats to unions continue under new Aquino govt, says commentary
Marya Salmat, Vox Bikol (Philippines), 3 Jan 2011

Panama: Unions condemn "violent repression" of protests by banana & construction workers that left 6 dead
Intl. Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 13 Jul 2010

ITUC Annual Survey finds there were 101 union related killings in 2009
Intl. Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 9 Jun 2010

Coca-Cola sued in US by Guatemalans over anti-union violence including death threats & killings
Partricia Hurtado, Bloomberg, 27 Feb 2010

Guatemala: Trade union leader Víctor Gálvez murdered - had denounced labour abuses by subsidiaries of company Union Fenosa
US Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP), 30 Oct 2009

Philippines: ILO hears testimonies of union leader murders, “disappearances” and other labour violations
Jerome Aning, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 Sep 2009

Colombia: Excerpt of book alleging bottling plants supplying Coca-Cola are linked with killings of trade unionists
Mark Thomas, Guardian (UK), 20 Sep 2008

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

Colombia: Union representatives tell US Democrat representative they are "tired of our people being killed, of the constant abuses and the impunity"
Helda Martinez, Inter Press Service, 20 Mar 2007

Colombia: Lawsuit filed in USA against Nestlé for alleged complicity in killing of trade unionist
Jane Bussey, Miami Herald (USA), 28 Oct, 2006

Colombia Govt. urged to protect trade unionists from killings: "treat workers' rights as human rights" before US enters into free trade agreement
New York Times, 12 Jul 2006

Nestlé Philippines Union Leader Murdered - Government Must Act Now!
Intl. Union of Food workers (IUF), 26 Sep 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

Colombia: 94 trade unionists assassinated last year
Justice for Colombia, 28 Feb 2005

Argentina: DaimlerChrysler sued in USA over alleged role in disappearance, torture & presumed death of workers & union leaders
Pablo Bachelet, Reuters, 14 Jan 2004

Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for investigation into killing of Cambodian trade union leader
Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 26 Jan 2004

DaimlerChrysler announces external inquiry into claims its subsidiaries handed over union activists to Argentina's military dictatorship
BBC, 28 Oct 2002

Colombia: United Steelworkers of America president writes to Coca-Cola & Colombian president calling for investigations into murder of trade unionist
Pittsburgh Business Times (USA), 6 Sep 2002

Latin America: A record number of trade unionists assassinated
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 18 Jun 2002

Union rights in the Middle East: a gloomy and repressive picture
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 18 Jun 2002

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Colombia: Un sindicalista de industria de cerveza asesinado y otro más amenazado por supuestos paramilitares; campaña internacional por su protección
Rel-UITA, 15 enero 2014

Colombia: Justicia colombiana sentencia a ex-contratista de Drummond por asesinato de dos sindicalistas en el 2001, y ordena investigar a dirigentes de la empresa
Associated Press, 6 febrero, 2013

ONG & sindicato presentan una demanda penal en Suiza contra Nestlé por supuestamente no haber prevenido el homicidio de sindicalista colombiano
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), 6 marzo 2012

 

Guatemala: Asesinato de sindicalista bananero, ocurrido en el contexto de reclamos a empresa Bandegua- Del Monte
Confederación Sindical Internacional (CSI), 09 febrero 2012

Colombia debe garantizar justicia frente a violencia antisindical
José Miguel Vivanco, Human Rights Watch, 3 Oct 2011

Colombia: Asesinan a dirigente de trabajadores subcontratados de Ecopetrol
Federación Internacional de Sindicatos de la Química, Energía, Minas e Industrias Diversas (ICEM), 2 octubre 2011

Informe anual de la Confederación Sindical Internacional muestra panorama de represión de los derechos sindicales y las libertades económicas en el mundo entero
Confederación Sindical Internacional (CSI), 8 junio 2011

Colombia: Sindicato denuncia asesinato de ex dirigente que trabajaba para subsidiaria de Nestlé, y llama a la empresa a colaborar con las investigaciones
SINALTRAINAL (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria de Alimentos)(Colombia), 3 mayo 2011

Colombia: Ex-contratista de Drummond es acusado como autor intelectual del asesinato de sindicalistas de esa empresa
Associated Press, 26 abril 2011

Guatemala: Obispo condena asesinato de defensor de derechos humanos que había denunciado injusticias en subsidiaria de Unión Fenosa
Radio Vaticano, 2 noviembre 2009

Colombia: Informe de Amnistía destaca agresiones "sistemáticas" contra sindicalistas
Amnistía Internacional, 3 julio 2007

Camboya: mayor represión sindical tras finalizar el sistema de cupos para el sector textil
Confederación Internacional de Organizaciones Sindicales Libres (CIOSL), 20 abril 2005

Demandan a DaimlerChrysler en EEUU por abusos en Argentina
Reuters, 14 enero 2004

América Latina: índice récord de asesinatos
Confederación Sindical Internacional (CSI), 18 junio 2002

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Afrique du Sud: Plusieurs grévistes tués par la police lors d'une manifestation à la mine de platine de Lonmin
Le nouvel Observateur (France), 16 août 2012

Suisse : Associations européennes & colombiennes déposent plainte auprès du Ministère public de Zoug contre Nestlé concernant le meurtre d’un syndicaliste colombien
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), 6 mars 2012

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

Un dirigeant syndical de Nestlé assassiné aux Philippines – le gouvernement doit agir maintenant!
Union internationale des travailleurs de l’alimentation, de l’agriculture, de l’hôtellerie- restauration, du tabac et des branches connexes (UITA), 28 septembre 2005

Amérique latine: taux record d'assassinats
Confédération internationale des syndicats libres (CISL), 18 juin 2002

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2 October 2011

Study: Colombia Anti-Union Violence Undeterred

Author: Frank Bajak, Huffington Post [USA]

A new study challenges claims from the administration of President Barack Obama that Colombia is making important strides in bringing to justice killers of labor activists and so deserves U.S. congressional approval of a long-stalled free trade pact....

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8 June 2011
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Author: Confederación Sindical Internacional (CSI)

...Colombia y las Américas siguen a la cabeza en el lúgubre historial de asesinato y represión de los trabajadores involucrados en actividades sindicales, según la última edición del Informe Anual sobre las violaciones de los derechos sindicales...El...

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6 May 2011
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...[El]...30 de Abril de 2011 fue asesinado...el ex trabajador y ex dirigente de Sinaltrainal Roberto González...integrante de la Junta Directiva de Sinaltrainal…[quien] trabajó para Cicolac [subsidiaria de Nestlé] hasta Octubre...2003 [cuando] debió...

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26 April 2011
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Author: Associated Press

Un ex contratista de la empresa...Drummond fue acusado por la Fiscalía como autor intelectual del asesinato hace diez años de dos sindicalistas de esa multinacional estadounidense. Jaime Blanco Maya…detenido desde septiembre...explicó...que la decisión...

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3 January 2011

Workers Gear Up for More Battles as Aquino Gov't Continues to Favor Big Business

Author: Marya Salmat, Vox Bikol [Philippines]

...the Aquino government is merely continuing Arroyo’s economic and labor policies...Aside from rising prices and ignored demands for social justice, [there are] continuing extra-judicial killings and harassments of leaders and members of progressive...

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13 July 2010

Wave of anti-union repression in Panama

Author: International Trade Union Confederation

According to information received by the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation), several acts of repression took place on 8 July in the [Bocas del Toro] Province, in which six people lost their lives. These unacceptable acts were targeted...

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9 June 2010

ITUC Annual Survey

Author: ITUC

The ITUC’s Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights has documented a dramatic increase in the number of trade unionists murdered in 2009, with 101 killings – an increase of 30% over the previous years…This…report…records an extensive list of violations...

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27 February 2010

Coca-Cola Sued in U.S. by Guatemalans Over Anti-Union Violence

Author: Patricia Hurtado, Bloomberg

Coca-Cola Co. was sued by Guatemalan workers who say they endured a “campaign of violence” by people working on behalf of bottling and processing plants Coke owns or owned there after they engaged in union activities. …Kerry Kerr, a spokeswoman for...

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2 November 2009
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Author: Radio Vaticano

...Monseñor Álvaro Ramazzini, obispo de San Marcos...denunció el vil asesinato del defensor de los derechos humanos, Víctor Gálvez, que tuvo lugar hace una semana en su diócesis...Gálvez había denunciado algunas irregularidades e injusticias en una...

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30 October 2009

Guatemala Mourns Another Trade Union Leader

Author: US Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP)

On October 25, 2009, Guatemalan trade union leader Víctor Gálvez was gunned down...Gálvez was a community leader and a member of the natural resources protection and resistance front...The situation in Guatemala has worsened since the passing of the...

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