June 02, 2006

CAFTA: COSTA RICAN UNION LEADERS THREATENED


Caption: Union goats are prepared to journey to Costa Rica to support fellow workers. According to union president Arcadia S. Venus (left), “We’re ready to rumble. And I want to eat some rain forest.”

Last summer, a coalition of labor, environmental, community, and religious groups waged a losing battle to stop CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement., which passed the House by two votes.

El Cabrero took some consolation in the fact that none of the votes for CAFTA came from West Virginia, although some of us here have a cynical interpretation about one of those votes.

Although it was a tough fight, it was largely a war of words. In Costa Rica, things may get rougher.

According to LabourStart, a global trade union news service, unions have had their offices raided by armed men and union leaders have received death threats as they prepare for a “street referendum” on June 7th and 8th to protest CAFTA.

Costa Rican unions are asking supporters to email protest messages to President Oscar Arias Sanchez, a CAFTA supporter, and other national leaders. Costa Rica is the only nation which has not ratified the agreement.

To see the action alert, click here.


GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED

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