Public Services International, an International Trade Union Federation that brings together more than 700 unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries, and its affiliates welcome the new government of Gustavo Petro and Francia Marquez, as President of the Republic and Vice President of Colombia.
The historic victory of the Pacto Histórico coalition on June 19, and its peaceful inauguration on August 7, show the power of democracy in the country. For the first time after decades, this is the first left-wing national government in Colombia, which has taken the country among a wave of hope and representation. Francia Marquez, an environmental and human rights activist, will be the first black woman to hold the position of vice president, making her become an example of the necessary paths for black women in the Americas.
When we say that we won is because in Colombia’s people have always been losers. But only until this June 19, when we wield this historic victory to achieve the change we all dream of
Following the election of Pedro and Marquez, Margarita López, president of the Acuavalle Workers' Union (SINTRACUAVALLE) and member of PSI's Inter-American Regional Executive Committee (IAMREC) and World Women's Committee (WOC), said that “when we say that we won is because in Colombia’s people have always been losers. But only until this June 19, when we wield this historic victory to achieve the change we all dream of."
After decades of conservative governments, uncommitted to the defense and promotion of human rights, the new government is expected to comply with the program presented and with 'Putting the People Over Profit', with the supreme value of Peace for the People Colombian and that progress is made in the consolidation of universal, inclusive and democratic public services, especially for the population that has been most affected by the inequalities that the country has dragged along throughout its history.