Colombia: Peace with Social Justice
in: The Restaurant, Brighton Centre
on: Tuesday, 11 September 2012, 5:30pm
- Chair: Billy Hayes, JFC Chair and CWU General Secretary
- Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary
- Steve Gillan, POA General Secretary
- Carmen Mayusa, General Secretary, ANTHOC (Colombian Health Union) and former political prisoner
- Eugene McGlone, President, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and UNITE
- Victoria Phillips, Thompsons Solicitors
- Mick Whelan, ASLEF General Secretary
Colombia remains the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist, with 17 colleagues murdered already in 2012. Others face death threats and imprisonment.
Thousands of other civilians are murdered, as part of a conflict which has raged for over 60 years.
A new social and political movement, the Patriotic March, which includes the trade union movement and many other activists is calling for a peace process with social justice. The Colombian Government has responded by accusing them of being terrorists. Talks between the Government and the FARC are beginning but the international community needs to keep the pressure up for a peace process which includes civil society and addresses the social inequality at the heart of the conflict.
Come and hear what you can do to support our colleagues.