Trade Union Leaders Voice Opposition to NICA Act

NSCAG News | on: Monday, 8 May 2017

Leading trade unionists in the UK, Ireland and internationally have voiced their opposition to the NICA Act by signing the solidarity statement below. Details of those who have added their names can be found at the foot of the statement. For further information about the NICA Act, please also see here


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:-

Philip Jennings, General Secretary, UNI Global Union

Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary, Public Services International

Joe O'Flynn, General Secretary, SIPTU, Ireland

Owen Tudor, Head of EU and International Relations, TUC

Ronnie Draper, General Secretary, BFAWU

Tim Roache, General Secretary, GMB

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, NUT

Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT

Dave Prentis, General Secretary, UNISON

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