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Unions Condemn Nestle Silence After Murders

Thursday, June 7, 2018

 

UNIONS CONDEMN NESTLE AFTER BRUTAL MURDER OF TRADE UNIONISTS

Our trade union brothers and sisters overseas are being threatened, harassed and in cases like this, murdered just for being a trade union member say unions

GMB Union and Unite have condemned Nestle after three trade unionists were murdered.

Delegates at GMB’s 101st annual Congress on Brighton today supported an emergency motion condemning the brutal murder of Cristian Andres Lozano, Luis Eduardo Dominguez and Gilberto Espinosa on 23rd May 2018.

The three trade unionists were fighting for recognition in the Nestle Factory where they worked in Bugaligrande, Colombia.

GMB are further calling on the multinational Nestle to recognise the trade union Sinaltrainal and immediately enhance measures to protect and ensure the security of all Nestle workers.

Steve Kemp, GMB National Officer, said:

"Nestle's silence over the most recent murders make them a willing accomplice.  

"Our trade union brothers and sisters overseas are being threatened, harassed and in cases like this, murdered just for being a trade union member.  

' If Nestle fails to act on this appalling situation and are being seen to do nothing when three trade unionists have been murdered, then their international reputation as a company will be inevitably diminished.

“Standing by and saying or doing nothing is simply not acceptable.”

Brian Golding, GMB delegate, told GMB’s 101st Congress in Brighton:

"The brutal murder of three Nestle trade unionists in May is truly shocking - all three were on a death list sent to the trade union.

"These incredibly brave men had been fighting Nestle for recognition for many years and the message is clear to Nestle, GMB demand they recognise the trade union and protect its workers and trade union representatives."  

Joe Clarke, Unite National Officer, said:

"The continual murders of trade unionists within Nestle Colombia is deplorable and completely unacceptable when they are merely exercising a fundamental human right and calls upon Nestle to act immediately to use its considerable influence globally to prevent these occurrences forthwith as an absolute priority."

ENDS

Contact:  GMB Press Office on 07958 156846  or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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