Trade unions

The Colombian constitution establishes the right of public and private workers to form unions. However, this is rather an uncommon practice in Colombia. The only antecedent took place in 1984 when Caracol Radio was the only journalistic media close to having a trade union made up by employees, which was not recognised by the radio (Carvajal, 2017). The trade union was the first to issue a strike in 1986. However, the strike failed because the union had few members and limited power.

There is a new attempt to create a trade union lead by FELCOLPER, which is at the preliminary steps. Given the fact that many news media belong to economic conglomerates, there is skepticism that such initiative will succeed.