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Workers in Guatemala must be protected when they speak out

04 September 2013
Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary
Equal Times editorial by Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary:

Public Services International (PSI) led an international trade union delegation to meet with Guatemalan government leaders on 13-14 August, 2013. "We went to Guatemala to convey the international support of public services workers for PSI affiliate members in this country, and to emphasize that the global trade union movement is focused on addressing the dire situation for workers in Guatemala."

The mission included International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) representative Alex Praça and PSI union leaders from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and the United States.

Otto Pérez Molina, the President of Guatemala, acknowledged in the meeting with our delegation that: “It is very shameful for us that our country is the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists.”

Our delegation told President Pérez Molina and his top ministers that our trade unions are deeply concerned that there have been at least 58 cases of trade unionists assassinated in Guatemala in recent years, yet not a single person has been brought to justice.

Members of PSI’s affiliate, the National Health Workers’ Union of Guatemala (SNTSG), have been specifically targeted.

Read the full story on the ITUC Equal Times blog: http://www.equaltimes.org/blogs/workers-in-guatemala-must-be-protected-w...

 

 

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