"Above all, Guatemala must act to stop the violence against trade unionists. In the past seven years, more than 60 trade unionists have been murdered in Guatemala, plus 19 being killed this year. Guatemala ranks second in the world, surpassed only by Colombia's unacceptable record of violence. The Action Plan cannot be effective while workers must literally risk their lives to join a union.
"Continued assistance by the Obama Administration is vital, as well as work to strengthen the capacity of Guatemalan unions to take advantage of the opportunities created by the action plan. No government enforcement plan can work if there is not an effective worker voice in the workplace. Arbitration should begin promptly if the action plan is not completed as and when promised."
Contact: Gary Hubbard, 202-778-4384; 202-256-8125; email@example.com
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)