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Peru: Union files OECD Guidelines complaint over violent attack against leader of Prosegur union



At the end of August 2014, Luis Cardenas, General-Secretary of the Prosegur Cash in Transit Union, was injured after being smashed across the head with a rock. This followed other threats, apparently due to his labour union activities. UNI Global Union started a campaign to protect his life. UNI filed a complaint with the Spanish OCDE national contact point against Prosegur. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Prosegur to respond; the response is provided in Spanish.

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8 October 2014

UNI Global Union demands Spain to investigate Prosegur’s violations of OCDE Guidelines

Author: UNI Global Union (Switzerland)

“UNI reports Prosegur to Spanish government following violent attack in Peru” - 28 August 2014

UNI, the global trade union for security workers, contacted the Spanish OECD National Contact Point in Madrid this week to request urgent intervention after Luis Cardenas, an off-duty Prosegur worker, was viciously attacked in Peru. Cardenas, the General Secretary of the Prosegur Cash in Transit union, was smashed across the head with a rock during the unprovoked attack a short distance from his home in Lima. No personal property was taken. The assault came one month after anonymous pamphlets were circulated to staff on Prosegur property in Lima identifying Cardenas as a trade union leader with close ties to UNI and falsely accusing him of misappropriating union funds...

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7 October 2014

UN Human Rights Council complaint against Prosegur filed by UNI Global Union on behalf of union leaders and activists of Prosegur Workers' Union in Peru & Sintravalores in Colombia

Author: UNI Global Union

UNI has called on Prosegur’s CEO and President to take immediate and decisive action to:  Accept responsibility for providing a safe workplace by taking concrete steps to minimize the danger its employees face. Specifically, UNI has asked Prosegur for a notice to be place in all Prosegur workplaces in Peru and Colombia that explicitly says that Prosegur will not tolerate threats or violence against its employees and will not allow the distribution of material that incites violence against its employees, including union leaders and activists. Ensure that Prosegur managers cease and desist from making comments about union leaders that could link them to “subversive” or “terrorist” organizations, subjecting them to risk of physical harm.

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6 October 2014

Respuesta de Prosegur

Author: Prosegur

Gracias por darnos la oportunidad de responder a la cuestión que Vd. plantea en su e-mail. En primer lugar, le trasladamos que Prosegur niega categóricamente ninguna relación con los hechos de los que UNI le acusa sin ningún tipo de evidencia ni prueba al respecto. Prosegur aboga por un dialogo constructivo con sus representantes de los trabajadores en todos los países en los que opera. Es por ello que condena enérgicamente este tipo de actuaciones que considera inaceptables y lamenta el sufrido ataque por el Sr. Cárdenas. Aclarado lo anterior, consideramos que las acusaciones son evidentemente falsas y no merecen ni siquiera una respuesta. Entendemos que de los propios artículos se desprende que la conducta denunciada no implica en ningún momento a Prosegur, al hacer referencia a que el ataque fue realizado por un asaltante desconocido.

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