Mayday Colombia


Directed By: Tom Feiling

Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. With the election, in 2002, of President Alvaro Uribe Velez, military tactics previously reserved for fighting guerrillas are now being used against civilian opponents of the government’s privatisation programme.

This film follows a group of British trade unionists on a journey to visit their Colombian counterparts which culminates in the traditional celebration of May Day. The delegation includes Jeremy Dear (General Secretary of the NUJ) and Gerard Kelly (President of NATFHE). The delegates heard claims that teachers and students, in particular, have been targeted by both military and paramilitary forces for speaking out against neo-liberal reforms.

This video was made for War on Want’s Global Workplace Project, which aims to educate workers in the UK about global labour and poverty issues.