ITUC annual survey of trade union rights violations

1 12 2009

URL: Source: ITUC.

According to the report on workers’ rights in 143 countries, over 76 trade unionists defending workers’ rights died as a result of targeted killings, and many more experienced physical attacks and other forms of intimidation. The number of killings in Colombia, which is deemed the most dangerous place on earth for trade unionists, reached 49 – an increase of 10 over the previous year. Nine unionists were murdered in Guatemala, which in recent years has witnessed an increase in violent attacks against trade union representatives and members. In a number of instances, governments were either directly or indirectly involved in the killings. Some 7,500 cases of workers’ dismissal as a result of their involvement in trade union activity were recorded in a total of 68 countries, including 20 countries in Africa alone.




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