Liliam Castillo is 36 years old. She was born in La Paz and at the age of 15 moved to San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, in search of employment. She is a single mother of two, a fifteen-year-old daughter and an eighteen-year-old son. Liliam has been working for Gildan Activewear, a Canadian multinational in Honduras, for 10 years. (more…)
As we reported last month in our Urgent Action in support of workers fired from Delta’s clothing assembly plant in Honduras, in April the company illegally fired 40 workers suffering from musculoskeletal injuries at their factory in Villanueva, Cortés, Honduras. (more…)
After 37 days of striking, CODEV partner the Federation of Colombian Educators (FECODE) reached an agreement with the Ministry of Education in Colombia.
Teachers were joined by students and parents in organized peaceful actions across the country, in some cases there were serious confrontations between peaceful protesters and police officers, and furthermore in the context of the national strike three teachers were killed and one disappeared. (more…)
Following a failed round of negotiations this week, and the killings of 3 teachers, the Colombian Educators’ Federation (FECODE) has called for new actions in the national teachers’ strike the federation launched May 11.
FECODE representatives said the Colombian education ministry has failed to move on the federation’s demands aimed at addressing the crisis in Colombia’s public education system. FECODE is calling for a reduction in class sizes, investment in the system’s crumbling infrastructure, the provision of janitors and other maintenance personnel, school lunches and public transport for students, improved teacher training, and compliance with wage agreements committed to by the Colombian government in 2016. (more…)
On Tuesday June 6, Colombian authorities and community leaders in the Pacific port of Buenaventura reached a deal to lift the 21 day civil strike that emphatically demanded the national government and President Juan Manual Santos, to fulfill their commitments with the peoples of Buenaventura signed in 2014.
Peoples in Buenaventura were tired of seeing the economic interests of transnationals always placed first, while their basic public needs were shoved aside and communities forgotten and submerged in extreme poverty and violence. (more…)