Union claims Colombian workers' rights a 'black mark' for Smurfit Kappa

Union claims Colombian workers' rights a 'black mark' for Smurfit Kappa
Smurfit Kappa's Tony Smurfit and Liam O’Mahony at its AGM. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Last week, the Irish packaging manufacturer announced that it was spending €81 million to bring its stake in its Colombian subsidiary, Cartón de Colombia, from 69.94 per cent to 97.7 per cent

Smurfit Kappa should “take responsibility for the human rights of its employees in Colombia”, according to the major international trade union, IndustriALL.

Last week, the Irish packaging manufacturer announced it was taking out the remaining stake in its Colombia subsidiary, Cartón de Colombia, spending €81 million to bring its control of the company from 69.94 per cent to 97.7 per cent.

Cartón de Colombia has a difficult relationship...

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