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

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

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
19th June, 2019
Smurfit Kappa's Tony Smurfit and Liam O’Mahony at its AGM. Picture: Fergal Phillips

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

Cartón de Colombia has a difficult relationship with a large group of its workers, who have held a number of strikes to protest at what they see as the firm's violations of international employment law in plants across Colombia.

According to a spokesperson for IndustriALL, which represents the workers,...

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