Food workers commemorate the reinstallment of three workers in “Cartagena de las Indias” in Colombia on November 20.
The transnational “SEATECH INTERNATIONAL” operates a tuna processing plant that hires 1800 workers in “Cartagena”. They produce the famous “Atun Van Camps” cans.
99% of the workers are hired indirectly by outsourced companies. The broad majority are women, breadwinners, who escaped from armed conflict in other areas in Colombia with their children.
Two years ago the company placed 120 workers into forced license at home due to their affiliation to labour union “SINALTRAINAL” which the company considers to be a ‘red union’. The Colombian courts understand that it constitutes a breach to labor rights and therefore have been deciding to reinstall each and every one of the 120 workers.
“SEATECH INTERNATIONAL” is considered one of the five worst companies to work in Colombia for disrespect of labor and human rights as well as union busting.