By Danielle Tipton, ILRF intern
On June 3rd, the ILO held its 97th annual International Labor Conference for the ILO. This year, the Committee on the Application of Standards listened to complaints and concerns about rising trade union violence in Colombia (see here.) What resulted was a three-hour conference and a 40-page report.
The Committee on the Application of Standards oversees the enforcement of ILO standards among its member countries. Colombia is constantly criticized for breaking the 87th convention of the ILO, freedom of association and protection of the right to organize, as well as the 98th amendment, the right to organize and collective bargaining. Twenty-six trade unionists have already been murdered just this year in Colombia, which is a 71% increase from last year. Additionally, according to the IPS article, just one percent of workers can legally go on strike, and only five out of every hundred workers belong to a trade union in Colombia. Not surprisingly, Colombia is pegged as the most dangerous country in the world to organize a union.