Costa Rica ranks second in Latin America in workers’ rights

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    Costa Rica ranks second in Latin America, together with Brazil, with regards to workers’ rights, according to a study done by the International Trade Union Confederation.

    Both countries are located in “Category 2,” out of 5 total categories, that identifies the countries with “repeated violations of rights.”

    In first place is Uruguay, the only country in the first category in Latin America, since it is identified as the only nation that very rarely commits violations to workers’ rights.

    Colombia and Guatemala are in last place, sharing Category 5, due to the strong acts of violence against those that seek to defend trade union rights.

    The report concludes that in the world there was a rise in attacks against democracy and freedom of expression, associated with the “violation of human rights of workers.”

    Uruguay is the country that most often protects workers’ rights and is in the first category because of the low frequency of acts which undermine this fundamental principle.

    Costa Rica is located in the second category with Brazil because it is considered to commit repeated violations against trade unionists and workers. In our country, the LGBTQ group still suffers discrimination on the job.

    Argentina shares Category 3 with Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, and Venezuela, because it is considered that in these countries there is a “regular violation of rights,” with greater frequency than in the two previous categories.

    Honduras is in the same category as Mexico, Panama, and Paraguay for “systematic violations of rights.” The problem is accentuated in Mexico by the murders of journalists.

    Colombia is the country that registers the most murders against workers exercising the defense of their rights: in 2015, 20 trade unionists died. Guatemala shares the category for their number of violent acts against workers.


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