Drummond: Union Leader Assasinations

The Drummond Company has been the subject of numerous lawsuits due to alleged links with the paramilitary group United Self Defense Forces of Columbia (AUC) between 1999 and 2005. There is evidence that Drummond paid paramilitary forces to murder two important union leaders in 2002. A former paramilitary member testified before a US court in March 2012 that the two union leaders had “to be killed b1cause they were organising a strike that would have generated losses for the company.”[1] Although Drummond was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine to the U.S. Justice Department, the victims’ families were never compensated.[2]

It is assumed that Drummond is involved in many more cases of unexplained murders of union members. Until now, none of the company‘s directors have been convicted for the coal giant‘s alleged dealings with death squads. Some of the accused persons remain in positions of power at Drummond. For example, Alfredo Araujo and Augusto Jimenez maintain positions as Community Relations Officer and Head of Drummond Colombia respectively.


[1] http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/22827-drummond-paid-to-kill-unionists-ex-paramilitary.html

[2] Suhner, Stefan 2010: Sicherheitsrisiken für Kohlekritiker und Gewerkschafter – ungelöste Menschenrechtsfragen in den Kohlenminen des Departement Cesar. http://www.askonline.ch/themen/wirtschaft-und-menschenrechte/bergbau-und-rohstoffkonzerne/glencore-in-kolumbien/sicherheitsrisiken-fuer-kohlekritiker-und-gewerkschafter/ (10.10.12)