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ETFO supports Colombian education workers

ETFO Supports Colombian Federation of Education (FECODE) workers. Teachers from FECODE have faced many attempts at intimidation during their national strike, including a bomb attack that damaged their headquarters May 18, 2017.​

President Hammond has sent the following letter to FECODE President Carlos Rivas.

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Fédération des enseignantes et des enseignants de l'élémentaire de l'Ontario

136 Isabella Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 0B5

Telephone: 416-962-3836 Tollfree: 1-888-838-3836

Fax: 416-642-2424


June 6, 2017

Carlos Rivas
FECODE President

Dear Brother Rivas:

On behalf of our 78,000 members in the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, I offer our solidarity and support during this difficult time. The violent attack on the Colombian Educators Federation headquarters is reprehensible. We echo the call from the FECODE for government security measures to protect the integrity of the Colombian teachers and their leaders.

I am encouraged to see negotiations advancing between the government and FECODE and wish you all the best in achieving a freely negotiated settlement that respects education workers and promotes public education in Colombia.

In solidarity,

Sam Hammond,


Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia
Yaneth Giha, Minister of Education