[Marxism] Colombian trade unionists welcome peace, but push for justice

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 19:03:31 MDT 2016

 Amid the optimism prompted by the peace deal between the leftist
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government of
President Juan Manuel Santos, it is easy to assume the slaughter of trade
unionists and other activists is a thing of the past.

However, 534 people were murdered from 2011 to last year — 134 of those
trade unionists — according to Justice for Colombia, the British trade
union-based campaign against paramilitary violence against the Colombian
labour movement.

At the July policy conference of Britain's largest trade union, Unite,
Colombian Oil Workers' Union (USO) president Cesar Loza and international
secretary Hector Vaca told delegates how their comrades continue to face
death threats.
They said the struggle for social justice had not ended with the ceasefire.


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