ITF calls for protection for Honduran union leader following attack

Published on International Transport Worker’s Federation ITF/nes online, September 2013:

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The ITF has acted to assure the safety of a Honduran trade union leader following an attack at his home and a series of threats on his life. A global campaign has been launched in a bid to secure protection for Victor Crespo, general secretary of the Sindicato Gremial de Trabajadores del Muelle (SGTM).  

Armed assailants attempted to break down the door of Crespo’s house on 14 September, and only left when they were disturbed by neighours.

The incident follows several anonymous death threats relating to Crespo’s leadership of SGTM members in requesting a collective bargaining agreement with the stevedoring companies at the port of Puerto Cortés.

ICTSI (International Container Terminal Services, Inc) won a concession to operate the port in February.

Crespo is now being kept in a safe place and the Honduran police, president, the ILO (International Labour Organization) and ICTSI have all been contacted and alerted. With the support of LabourStart the ITF and SGTM have begun an e-campaign calling on the president to provide police protection for Crespo and give assurances about workers being able to exercise their right to collective bargaining … //

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