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Nicaragua: Stop criminalizing labour protest, drop the charges

In Partnership with IndustriALL, which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a new force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.

UPDATE: On 16 December the 12 accused workers received the sentence: the union leaders to two years, the others to one-year house arrest. All of them have their political rights suspended and cannot leave the country. They cannot work and lose their current employment. An appeal will be lodged on 11 January, and in the meantime, continued support is vitally important!

Twelve workers are awaiting sentencing, and could receive up to three years in prison, for protesting against the dismissal of union representatives. The workers were arrested in June 2016 when riot police stormed a peaceful protest outside the Korean-owned SAE-A Tecnotex factory in a free trade zone in Tipitapa, Nicaragua. The union leaders were dismissed after raising concerns about drinking water and production targets.

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