Colombia’s state-owned oil company, Ecopetrol, has unfairly dismissed Enrique Rodríguez, Joaquín Padilla and Wilmer Hernández, leaders of Colombian oil workers’ union, USO, which is affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union.
USO’snational executive committee called the dismissals a flagrant violation of the current collective bargaining agreement. It also condemned the company’s attempts to use the unilateral guidelines on the dismissal of Ecopetrol workers to fire Ariel Corzo and Edwin Castaño, who are also members of the national executive committee.
The dismissals are part of a policy of criminalizing union work in Colombia, resulting in disciplinary, criminal and administrative proceedings against union leaders across all sectors nationwide.
The union says that both company management and the Colombian government systematically undermine union workers, in violation of both domestic and international labour standards.
The timing of the dismissals was no coincidence. Ecopetrol fired the workers shortly after USO had urged people to take to the streets in protest against the government’s intention to sell off some of Ecopetrol’s assets.
IndustriALL’s general secretary, Valter Sanches, has written to the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, and the CEO of Ecopetrol, Felipe Bayón, calling on them to reinstate the dismissed workers and to ensure that the right to freedom of association is guaranteed both at Ecopetrol and in Colombia as a whole.
In his letter to President Duque, Sanches wrote:
“We urge your government to ensure that the necessary conditions and guarantees are in place to protect the right to freedom of association and the lives of all social and union leaders in Colombia.”
Disclaimer: All third-party opinions expressed via IASWI accounts linked to and from this page are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent those of IASWI or its affiliates. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied. To discuss this disclaimer or the removal of appropriate credit for materials of which you hold copyright please contact us. All the third party videos and contents found on workers-iran.org is not hosted on our servers; all third party videos or contents are hosted on a third party site. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and news sources on the www.workers-iran.org do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the IASWI or official policies of the IASWI. These posts are only generated for the purpose of information sharing on the labour related issues.