On on 14th Oct 2008 is the 28th day of the sugar cane cutters strike in the departments of Valle del Cauca and Cauca – Colombia- and with no glimpse of an agreement in sight. We have send several proposals to ASOCAÑA and its affiliated ingenios, [a corporation sugar mill or refinery with feeder plantations] and but these continue denying a response to the workers petitions and the start of negotiations with the unions (SINALTRAINAL, SINALCORTEROS and the CENTRAL UNITARIA DE TRABAJADORES -CUT).
Álvaro Uribe Vélez’s government continues attacking the dispute. On 9 October a STATE OF INTERNAL COMMOTION was declared, through which they will try and break the labour conflicts, repress the workers and continue with the process of annihilating social organizations, with the argument that these are issues of public order that put the national security at grave risk. .
We have obtained good solidarity for the cane cutters, but their situation is getting more difficult by the day, and funds are falling with 12,500 workers and their families to feed. As far as the familes are concerned, the situation is much more serious given that there are insufficient resources to cater for around 60.000 people that cannot provide themselves with the basic necessities of food and medical attention.
Solidarity IS URGENT. The masters of the ingenios want to defeat the strike by HUNGER. There is no food or medicine in the homes of the cutters. With the solidarity of organizations, committees, national and international collectives, religious communities and democratic people we can move ahead to overcome this challenge that the bosses and the Colombian state have placed before us, and find a solution to the dispute.
Economic solidarity can be sent to:
Dollar Receipts: Banco de Colombia Savings Account No 039277631-08
Código ABA : 21000089 Código SWIFT: CITIUS33
Intermediary Bank: Citybank of New York
Euro Receipts: Banco de Colombia Savings Account No 039277631-08
IBAN Code: (International Bank) DE89500700100951331800
SWIFT Code: DEUTDEFF Intermediary Bank DEUTSCHE BANK OF GERMANY
Once you have made a transfer of funds send a confirmation note by fax to us in Bogotá, number 0057 1 3776136. Sinaltrainal firstname.lastname@example.org
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