Talks in Colombia to restart as trade unions strive for peace

Three women from Columbia holding a UNISON flag

The Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas have both committed to go back to Havana for peace talks, after the disappointing result of Colombia’s recent peace agreement referendum, which narrowly lost by just 60,000 votes.  

The Colombian trade union movement played a big part in getting so close to a peace deal. 

They believe a peace agreement is essential to end the killings, kidnappings and harassment that have made Colombia the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist.

Justice for Colombia (JFC) is an organisation founded over 10 years ago by the British trade union movement to provide solidarity with Colombia’s trade unions and human rights organisations.

JFC are official advisers to the peace talks and have won themselves international recognition for their work.

JFC relies solely on affiliations and funding from trade unions in the UK and Ireland for their work. That is why it is more important than ever that UNISON branches affiliate to Justice for Colombia.

It only costs £90 for branches with more than 500 members and £60 for those with less than 500, but it help pays for the vital work that Justice for Colombia does.

Affiliate to Justice for Colombia online here. 

The peace negotiations will continue despite the referendum result. People in Colombia need an end to the armed conflict and UNISON branches can help play a part by supporting the work of JFC. 

Please affiliate your branch.