ITUC campaign in defence of the freedom of association in Guatemala
Author: IndustriALL, Published on: 24 January 2013
Trade unions are to write to their governments asking them to urge the ILO Governing Body to approve the creation of a Commission of Inquiry to examine the grave and systematic violations of ILO Convention 87 on the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise (1948) in Guatemala. Guatemalan workers are the victims of intense anti-trade union discrimination and are often dismissed if they join a union. Union leaders have been killed and many have been threatened with death. According to the annual report of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), at least 64 trade unionists have been killed since 2007, with six killed in 2012.