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UK organisations join trade union leaders condemning NICA ACT

NSC News | Monday, 22 May 2017 |

Eight national and local UK organisations and 128 individuals join trade union leaders in condemning the NICA Act

On 27 April, a bill was introduced into the US Senate that could, if enacted, cut off international loans to Nicaragua for education, social programmes, electrification, roads and other infrastructure initiatives.

On introducing the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA Act) Republican Senator Ted Cruz stated: "Nicaragua and all freedom-loving people in Central America depend on the US for leadership."

Over the past ten years, Nicaraguans have voted in governments they believe will deliver on stability, peace, dignity, jobs and improve their wellbeing and standard of living.

The NICA Act, if enacted, would profoundly undermine these advances and impact most severely on the most vulnerable people, with negative consequences not just for Nicaragua but for the whole region, including the US itself.

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SOLIDARITY STATEMENT - DEFEND DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL PROGRESS IN NICARAGUA

We, the undersigned, wholeheartedly condemn recent attempts by the United States administration to undermine Nicaragua's democracy and sovereignty through the proposed introduction of the NICA Act.

This legislation is a violation of international law and the UN Charter and reflects a pattern of historic interventionist policies in Nicaragua and Latin America by the United States.

President Ortega won the 2016 elections in Nicaragua with 72% of the vote and has overseen a remarkable transformation in the country since he first came back to power in 2007. If passed, the NICA Act will have a devastating effect on the people of Nicaragua and put paid to all of the social and economic achievements which have taken place over recent years.

We call upon the United States administration to refrain from intervention in the internal affairs of Nicaragua and to respect that country's sovereignty and democracy.

We also call upon the international community to take all possible steps to opposed the introduction of the NICA Act and express our continued support for the right of Nicaragua to defend its sovereignty and to live in peace.

Signed by:-

International, Irish and UK trade unions

Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary, Public Services International

Joe O'Flynn, General Secretary, Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), Ireland

Owen Tudor, Head of EU and International Relations, Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Ronnie Draper, General Secretary, Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU)

Tim Roache, General Secretary, General, Municipal and Boilermakers Union (GMB)

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers (NUT)

Mick Cash, General Secretary, Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT)

Dave Prentis, General Secretary, UNISON

UK organisations

Dr Ed Brown, Leicester Masaya Link Group

Roz Woollen, Sheffield Esteli Twin Town Group

Pablo Navarette, Alborada

Environmental Network for Central America

Dr Francisco Dominguez, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

Ben Gregory, Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

Chris Williamson, Labour Friends of Progressive Latin America

Rob Miller and Bernard Regan. Cuba Solidarity Campaign

Individuals

The statement was also supported by 128 individuals

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Pronunciamiento de solidaridad – En defensa de la democracia y el progreso social en Nicaragua.

Los abajo firmantes condenamos con toda firmeza los intentos por parte de los Estados Unidos de socavar la soberanía y la democracia en Nicaragua por medio de una propuesta de promulgación de la ley NICA Act.

Esta legislación representa una violación de la ley internacional y de la Carta de las Naciones Unidas y refleja un histórico patrón de políticas intervencionistas de parte de los Estados en Unidos en Nicaragua y en Latinoamérica.

El presidente Ortega ganó las elecciones de 2016 con el 72% de los votos y ha hecho posible una remarcable transformación del país desde su retornó al poder el 2007. De promulgarse la ley NICA Act tendrá un efecto devastador sobre el pueblo de Nicaragua y afectará a todos con los costos de los logros sociales y económicos que han tenido lugar en los años recientes.

Hacemos un llamado a la Administración de los Estados Unidos a abstenerse de intervenir en los asuntos internos de Nicaragua y a respetar su soberanía y democracia.

Hacemos igualmente un llamado a la comunidad internacional a dar todos los pasos necesarios para oponerse a la aprobación de la NICA Act y a expresar su continuo apoyo al derecho que tiene Nicaragua a defender su soberanía y a vivir en paz.

Los firmantes son:

- Rosa Pavanelli, Secretaria General de Public Services International

- Joe O'Flynn, Secretario General de SIPTU (Sindicato de Trabajadores de Servicios Técnicos, Profesionales e Industria) de Irlanda

- Owen Tudor, Jefe de relaciones Internacionales y con la Unión Europea de la Central Sindical TUC (similar al FNT de Nicaragua).

- Ronnie Draper, Secretario General de BFAWU (Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Industria de la Alimentación, Panaderos y aliados).

- Tim Roache, Secretario General de GMB (Sindicato de Trabajadores generales y de las Municipalidades)

- Kevin Courtney, Secretario General de NUT (Sindicato de Maestros)

- Mick Cash, Secretario General de RMT (Sindicato de Trabajadores del Transporte)

- Dave Prentis, Secretario General de UNISON (Sindicato de Trabajadores del Servicio Público, similar a UNE).

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Organisaciones britanicas

Dr Ed Brown, Leicester Masaya Link Group

Roz Woollen, Sheffield Esteli Twin Town Group

Pablo Navarete, Alborada

Environmental Network for Central America

Dr Francisco Dominguez, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

Ben Gregory, Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

Chris Williamson, Labour Friends of Progressive Latin America

Bernard Regan and Rob Miller, Cuba Solidarity Campaign

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El pronunciamiento fue firmado por 128 individuos.