In Colombia, workers’ rights are no respected, and despite laws, they are not adhered to, leaving employees exposed to autocratic and unfair work practices. That is the conclusion of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), an alliance of regional confederations of trade labor rights advocates worldwide.
The ITUC this week presented its Global Rights Index with information from 139 countries, published in the Washington Post. The rating measured how much the rights of workers from 1 (best) to 5 (worst) are protected.
The organization used 97 different indicators to compile the index in relation to the ability of workers to join unions, bargain collectively, gain rights and access to due process and legal protection.
Colombia is the only Latin American country with a rating of 5, worse than Guatemala, Haiti and Angola, countries that have been classified with more social inequality than Colombia.
In countries with a “5″ rating, the report says, “rights are not guaranteed though legislation specifies certain workers rights, in reality, they do not have access to them.”
The report states that this qualification is predominant in large countries like India and China, which have poor and unequal labour regulations.
In complete contrast to Colombia’s five is Uruguay, receiving a “one” (like Germany, Sweden and Finland, among others”. Countries with a 1 implies that collective labour rights in general are guaranteed. In those countries, workers in the private and public sector can freely and openly defend their rights to improve their working conditions through negotiation. The report says that, although worker rights violations are present, they are not the norm.
According to the report, the country with the worst in worker rights, with a rating of 5+, is the Central African Republic.