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Urgent Action: Death threats against Sinaltrainal President

We denounce before the national and international community that on 24 November 2009 our comrade Luis Javier Correa Suárez received a call on a mobile phone assigned to him by the protection programme of the Ministry of the Interior and justice, the call came for the mobile number 312-8160930 and a man who identified himself as Arnold Jiménez told Javier Correa “you have until the 22nd to renounce, and there won’t be another phone call”, when he asked why the man replied “you know why, don’t play games, you know what I mean” and hanged up the phone.

We denounce before the national and international community that on 24 November 2009 our comrade Luis Javier Correa Suárez received a call on a mobile phone assigned to him by the protection programme of the Ministry of the Interior and justice, the call came for the mobile number 312-8160930 and a man who identified himself as Arnold Jiménez told Javier Correa “you have until the 22nd to renounce, and there won’t be another phone call”, when he asked why the man replied “you know why, don’t play games, you know what I mean” and hanged up the phone.

We denounce before the national and international community that on 24 November 2009 our comrade Luis Javier Correa Suárez received a call on a mobile phone assigned to him by the protection programme of the Ministry of the Interior and justice, the call came for the mobile number 312-8160930 and a man who identified himself as Arnold Jiménez told Javier Correa “you have until the 22nd to renounce, and there won’t be another phone call”, when he asked why the man replied “you know why, don’t play games, you know what I mean” and hanged up the phone.

We also denounce that on 20 November 2009 two calls were made to Sinaltrainal’s land line, one confirming a fax and one on which a man said that he would be calling the other Sinantrainal branches to inform them of the contents of the fax. He also said that Coca Cola had relationships and influence with the Government and the sons of Alvaro Uribe, this man did not identify himself for security reasons. In a previous statement we denounced the commercial treaties between the sons of the President and the multinational.

This death threat reaches us a few days after the Inter-American Commission on human rights notified us its decision to extend precautionary measures to Sinaltrainal members and at a point when we are in a collective conflict with multinational (National Industry of Soft Drinks S.A. – Coca Cola), which does not want to sign the collective labour agreement even though we had reached an agreement to our demands during the negotiation process.

We demand from the authorities to investigate and punish the material and intellectual perpetrators of these acts and to guarantee our right and freedom of association and to protect the life and physical integrity of Sinaltrainal members and their families.

We ask the international community as much solidarity as possible to help us prevent crimes against the trade union movement and the people of Colombia

National Directorate

Sinaltrainal – Colombia

RECOMMENDED ACTION

Send protest to Colombian embassy in the UK at elondres@cancilleria.gov.co and mail@colombianembassy.co.uk ; message of support to areainternacional@sinaltrainal.org

with copies to Colombia Solidarity Campaign at info@colombiasolidarity.org.uk

 

Asunto: Amenazado de muerte Presidente de Sinaltrainal

Denunciamos ante la comunidad nacional e internacional que el dí­a 24 de Noviembre de 2009, al teléfono celular que fue asignado por el Programa de Protección del Ministerio del Interior y de Justicia al compañero Luis Javier Correa Suárez, ingreso una llamada del teléfono móvil número 312- 8160930 y la voz de un hombre que dijo  llamarse Arnoldo Jiménez le informó:  “Javier Correa tiene plazo hasta el 22 para renunciar, no hay una segunda llamada”, al preguntarle por que y a que, le respondió: “vos ya sabes, no te hagas, ya sabes a que me refiero” e interrumpió la llamada.

Denunciamos igualmente que el 20 de Noviembre de 2009, ingresaron al teléfono fijo de Sinaltrainal dos llamadas, una confirmando el recibido de un fax y otra donde un hombre dice que llamaría a las seccionales para enterarlos del contenido del fax y que Coca Cola tení­a relaciones e influencias con el gobierno y los hijos de Álvaro Uribe y que no daba su datos personales por seguridad. En un comunicado anterior denunciamos los tratados comerciales de la transnacional con los hijos del presidente.

Esta amenaza de muerte llega a pocos días de que la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos nos notificara su decisión de ampliar medidas cautelares a integrantes de Sinaltrainal y en momentos en que nos encontramos en conflicto colectivo con la empresa Industria Nacional de Gaseosas S.A. -Coca Cola-, quien no ha querido firmar la convención colectiva de trabajo no obstante que llegamos a un acuerdo en la negociación del pliego de peticiones que presentamos a esta empresa.

Exigimos de las autoridades investigar y castigar a los responsables materiales e intelectuales de estos hechos, garantizar el derecho de asociación y libertad sindical y proteger la vida e integridad de los afiliados a Sinaltrainal y nuestras familias.

A la comunidad internacional le solicitamos la mayor solidaridad posible a fin de evitar que se continúen cometiendo crí­menes contra el movimiento sindical y los pueblos de Colombia.

Dirección Nacional
Sinaltrainal – Colombia

 

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