PROTEST MURDER OF LEONIDAS GOMEZ ROZO:
(FROM LABOUR START):
Colombia: Protest murder of Leonidas Gomez Rozo
April 8 will mark one month since the murder of Leonidas Gomez Rozo, leader of the National Union of Bank Workers of Colombia (UNEB). We are deeply impressed by the courage of our unions in Colombia and their desire to continue the struggle in a nation where 2,574 unionists have been murdered in the past two decades. As a modest but important step to keep the pressure on the Colombian authorities, UNI Global Union would like each of you to send a message to Colombian embassies around the world. Please send this message during the week of April 7.
Go to the Labour Start web page to send the following email to the Colombian authorities:
I want to express anger and outrage at the murder of Leonidas Gomez Rozo. Leonidas was employed by Citibank and was a leader of UNEB, the bank workers' union of Colombia.In the past twenty years, over 2,500 trade unionists have been murdered in Colombia. The response of the Colombian Government has been inadequate. Union members are murdered with impunity and the victimization and intimidation of trade union members continues unabated. Along with UNI Global Union, we mourn the loss of Leonidas and protest against the complacency of the Colombian Government.We call upon the Government to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of Leonidas and to take immediate steps as a Government and with the private sector, including multinational companies, to stop repression in Colombia.
We look forward to your response.