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A year has passed since the U.S. and Colombia got together on a so-called free trade agreement (FTA), but little, if anything, has changed in the lives of the Latin American nation's workers, who continue to face abuse from employers, despite labor protection promises, the country's unionists argue.
Ever since the FTA went into effect, trade unions have reported 485 incidents of violence nationwide in Colombia even though the nation's new government has enacted nearly three-quarters of the pact's proposed legal reforms.
Enforcement, apparently, is sorely lacking, a group of Colombian union activists said during a recent AFL-CIO roundtable.
The violent incident inventory includes 28 murders as well, bringing the union member death count to nearly 3,000 in 26 years. One life lost belonged to Daniel Aguirre who helped negotiate the FTA's labor protection provisions, which are contained in a side agreement.
Observed unionist Miguel Conde during the panel, according to the People's World newspaper. "It is easier to form an armed group than to form a labor union."
Without full implementation of the labor protection side pact, workers just don't "gain the benefits of exercising fundamental workers' rights," said AFL-CIO panelist Celeste Drake, according to the newspaper.
That is why it's incumbent on the United States to pressure Colombia to ensure enforcement of worker's right provisions.
"President Obama and (Colombian President) Santos clearly delivered for the multi-nationals and commercial interests, but now they must deliver for labor and the human rights community," observed Gimena Sanchez of the Washington Office on Latin America, according to People's World.
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