Canadian and Colombian labour ministers sign action plan

Thursday, May 24, 2018

In May 2016, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), together with the CUT (Central Unitaria de Trabajadores) Colombia and Colombian unions , submitted a complaint to the Canadian National Administrative Office (NAO) stating the Government of Colombia failed to comply with its obligations under the Canada-Colombia Agreement on Labour Cooperation (CCOALC).
The complaint addressed issues of anti-union violence and the abuse of sub contracting, leading to violations of freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. In January 2017, the NAO released its investigative report, which found significant evidence of failure on the part of the Government of Colombia to comply with its obligations under the CCOALC. The report confirmed long-standing complaints of violence and intimidation used to restrict workers’ freedom of association and collective bargaining.
The report made a number of recommendations, including that Canada and Colombia engage in ministerial consultations to develop a multi-year action plan to address these recommendations.
Included in the action plan are measures to: remove union contracts, collective pacts, labour intermediation and subcontracting to protect workers’ fundamental rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining; improve compliance with and enforcement of labour laws through a strengthened labour inspectorate; and strengthen efforts to fight impunity and violence in the country by bringing those responsible to justice.
This week, the Honourable Patty A. Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workplace and Development and Labour, and the Minister of Labour of Colombia, Griselda Restrepo, signed the action plan, which must be implemented within three years.
The CLC and Colombian unions express satisfaction with the action plan as the outcome of the two-year process following the initial submission of the complaint.
Moving forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with government bodies. We expect a committed adherence to the action plan, and we will rigorously monitor its implementation.

DowDuPont: Don’t Spin Off Worker Rights!

DowDuPont: Don’t Spin Off Worker Rights!


IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliates throughout the world call for support in demanding chemicals giant DowDuPont to respect workers’ rights through its current spin-off process.

Members of IndustriALL-affiliated trade unions representing DowDuPont workers in North and South America, Europe and Asia, are facing great upheaval as the newly merged company splits into three separate segments. The demand is to have a seat at the decision-making table through this period of change.

The company was formed in August last year after a US$150 billion merger between Delaware-based DuPont and Michigan’s Dow Chemicals. The three new spin-off companies will be in these industries: Specialty Products, Material Sciences, and Agriculture. Each of the three is cutting costs by around US$1 billion.

Through this restructuring, management’s cost savings goal is $3.3 billion. The company calls this the “cost synergy number”. The network argues that this cannot come from employees.

DowDuPont is posting massive increases in earnings, with sales up by 13-percent.

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 12075 President Kent Holsing from DowDuPont’s facility in Midland, Michigan chairs the DowDuPont North American Labor Council. Kent said:

“We are speaking not only for the unionized employees of DowDuPont, but also for the non-union employees who don’t have that voice. Our goal is to use this petition as a platform to ensure the employees and their communities are represented and heard.”

IndustriALL Assistant General Secretary Kemal Özkan said:

“The DowDuPont merger creates the world’s biggest chemical company and has triggered other major restructuring in the industry. Now the company’s breakup into three separate segments will again affect working men and women all over the world. The demand from those workers’ national unions and international trade union, IndustriALL, is to have their voice heard through the restructuring.”

“Workers’ representatives must play a central role in the decision making that will affect them and their communities. Our international network of DowDuPont unions is ready to work together in this regard and demands a proper seat at the table.”

International trade union networking at DowDuPont has been conducted since the merger, and will continue. A large meeting of the network will take place on 9-12 October.

Click here to access the online petition calling on DowDuPont to respect their workers, and not just the shareholders at this important time.

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