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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Guatemala: The worst place in the world to be a trade unionist

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has promised a Public Services International (PSI) delegation of international trade unionists that he will speak out about the need to respect and protect the lives of union members in the country. Guatemala is considered to be the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist.

In the past five years at least 58 union members have been killed in this Central American nation of 15 million, and to date, no one has yet been brought to justice for the crimes.

‘Defending the rights of our affiliate trade-union members in Guatemala is our top priority, and it will remain so until the situation for trade unionists and workers in this country improves’ said Rosa Pavenelli PSI General Secretary: