Colombia: Drop sanctions against trade union leader

In partnership with Public Services International, a global trade union federation representing 20 million working women and men who deliver vital public services in 154 countries.

Carlos E. Castañeda Ravelo is the president of the National Unitary Union of State Workers (SUNET), which represents more than 6,600 members in Colombia. SUNET is a PSI affiliate and a member of the Bogota-Cundinamarca branch of the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Colombia (CUT). In 2006, Carlos was dismissed and disqualified for 10 years from holding public office for having expressed - in exercise of the right to freedom of association - his support for a candidate of the Polo Democrático Alternativo Party to the Senate of the Republic. However, the order of dismissal is still pending and Castañeda has asked the new Attorney General of the Nation, Fernando Carrillo Florez, to review the sanction against him and cancel it. PSI is asking Florez to carefully review the case of Castañeda and to reverse entirely the decision of this unjust and disproportionate sanction, or at least declare it cancelled due to the end of the limitation period.


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