The International Labor Organization (ILO), a body attached to the United Nations Organization (UN), urged the usurper regime to cease the persecutions and acts of violence committed against union workers.
The ILO warned in its most recent report recurring acts of verbal harassment, stslking by the authorities, murders and acts of physical aggression against union leaders, trade unionists and representatives of the employers sector.
The report warns of material damage to the headquarters of their organizations, which are continuous and left unpunished or insufficiently investigated; arbitrary detentions by the security forces; imprisonment and criminal and military prosecutions of leaders of these organizations; absence of effective consultations on minimum wage negotiations and issues related to the fulfillment of obligations with the ILO and, in general the exclusion of social dialogue.
“The Commission received numerous allegations and testimonies, both from the complainants and from worker’s organizations, denouncing actions against leaders and employers’ organizations, guilds and trade unions that are allegedly incompatible with the respect for civil liberties inherent in the exercise of freedom of association, such as: physical violence to people and headquarters; harassment for intimidation purposes and arbitrary prosecution and without due process guarantees”, adds the brief.
In this regard, the UN agency verified the involvement of officials of the usurper regime in violent acts. “Sometimes the actions denounced have the direct participation of state actors. Thus, in several of the demonstrations that included aggressive written and oral statements and acts of vandalism, regional government agents participated, such as state governors and mayors.”
“The vast majority of these extremely serious acts go unpunished, either because they are not investigated, because they are insufficiently investigated, or because their investigation is so slow that the processes are stalled, the right to effective judicial protection being violated”, they said.
The ILO also pointed out that the security agencies of the Maduro’s dictatorship such as Sebin, Dgcim, Cicpc, GNB and Faes refused to discuss these complaints with the Commission. “The Commission deeply regrets the lack of cooperation of the institutions mentioned.”
ACTS OF HARASSMENT OF EMPLOYER AND TRADE UNION LEADERS
“The Commission examined numerous complaints regarding different types of harassment acts against employers and trade union leaders, namely: stigmatizing media campaign against the leaders of Fedecámaras and affiliated institutions and companies.
Stigmatizing media campaign.
Demonstrations against Fedecámaras.
Persecuting actions to employers’ and workers’ leaders.
Untimely and arbitrary detentions without a court order.
Application of economic policy measures, in particular land grabs.
ILO DEMANDS THE DICTATORSHIP TO STOP USING VIOLENCE AGAINST WORKERS
Given all these unpunished crimes, the ILO called on the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro to comply with a series of measures no later than September 1, 2020.
“The immediate cessation of all acts of violence, threats, persecution, stigmatization, intimidation or other form of aggression against persons or organizations in relation to the exercise of legitimate trade union or guild activities, and the adoption of measures to ensure that such acts will not be repeated in the future”, said the report.
Likewise, they indicate “the non-use of judicial procedures and precautionary and substitute measures for the purpose of restricting freedom of association, including the submission of civilians to military jurisdiction.”
“The immediate release of any employer or unionist who could remain in prison in relation to the exercise of the legitimate activities of their organizations”, they added.
In addition to “the investigation without delay and independently of all allegations of violence, threats, persecution, stigmatization, intimidation and other forms of aggression that have not been duly elucidated, in order to delineate responsibilities and identify material and intellectual perpetrators, ensuring that adequate protection, sanction and compensation measures are taken.”
“The elimination of all other use of institutional mechanisms or forms of action to interfere in the autonomy of employers’ and workers’ organizations or in the relations between them” they said.