Workers at the BP plant at Tauramena, part of the Cusiana oil field in Casanare have been protesting since 22 January 2010 for improved wages. On 15 February the notorious ESMAD ‘anti-mutiny’ police attacked the workers’ picket line and the local community. Three workers are in hospital. They are members of the national Oil Workers Union USO that has only been able to organise in the plants in the last year.
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EMERGENCY PICKET OF BP HQ IN LONDON
VICTORY TO COLOMBIAN OILWORKERS! SHAME ON BP - HUMAN RIGHTS IN CASANARE!
NO MORE POLICE REPRESSION - NO BLOOD FOR OIL!
4pm Friday 26 February, outside BP HQ, 1 St James Square, London SW1 (nearest tube Piccadilly Circus)
Bring banners, placards and let’s make a noise!
Plus: send protest messages to BP demanding the corporation conducts peaceful negotiations with USO, meets the workers just demands and guarantees no victimisation of union members; and that BP condemns the ESMAD police repression of its employees. Send your message to (£2.5 million a year) Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send messages of solidarity to the workers via USO Human Rights Commission email: email@example.com
The Colombia Solidarity Campaign will be planning further solidarity action at its annual meeting in London on Saturday, 27 February.
For more information on this and other campaign activities contact us at email: firstname.lastname@example.org