Acts of murder against trade unionists around the world increased 25 percent from 2005 to 2006.
According to a survey on human-rights violations just published by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 144 trade unionists were murdered for defending workers’ rights in 2006, while more than 800 suffered beatings or torture.
“Colombia is the deadliest country in the world for trade unionists,” says ITUC general secretary Guy Ryder. There, as the report details, 78 trade unionists were assassinated—and many others faced threats, abduction or “disappearance.”
The full report presents the deadly findings that ITUC uncovered in 138 countries around the world.
PHOTO CREDIT | ITUC | POLICE ATTACKING UNIONIST IN VENEZUELA