Guatemala: Union leader assassinated

Yet again, a union leader has been brutally murdered in Guatemala for her trade union activities. The ITUC roundly condemns the assassination of trade unionist Brenda Marleni Estrada Tambiento.

Brenda was the deputy coordinator of the Legal Advice Commission of the Unión Sindical de Trabajadores de Guatemala (UNSITRAGUA-HISTORICA), affiliated to the ITUC. She was also a member of the Guatemalan Organisers’ Group and of the Continental Legal Team of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA).

The ITUC has urged President Morales to take all necessary measures to put an end once and for all to the wave of killings of trade union leaders and the widespread violence still rife in the country. This assassination reflects the continuing climate of terror and persecution in Guatemala. The ITUC, together with the Guatemalan trade union movement, demands the immediate intervention of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and the opening of investigations to bring those responsible to justice.

“It is essential that everything possible be done to find those responsible for this latest intolerable act immediately” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC. “It is vitally important to urgently carry out a thorough investigation to arrest those guilty of this attack and apply the full force of the law.”