Federación Nacional Sindical de Trabajadores Salvadoreños

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FENASTRAS
Full name Federación Nacional Sindical de Trabajadores Salvadoreños
Founded 17 November, 1972
Members 36,000
Affiliation ITUC
Key people Juan José Huezo, general secretary
Office location 4ª Calle poniente, #2438 "A", Col. Flor Blanca, San Salvador, El Salvador
Country El Salvador
Website http://www.fenastras.org

The Federación Nacional Sindical de Trabajadores Salvadoreños (FENASTRAS) is a trade union centre in El Salvador. It was founded in November 1972 to bring unity to the country's labor movement, but did not achieve formal legal recognition until 1974.[1] Initially consisting of eleven unions in diverse industries, FENASTRAS grew into the country's principal organized labor front and is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation.

In the 1980s, during the country's civil war, FENASTRAS' San Salvador headquarters were located two blocks from the National Police headquarters, and its activities were heavily monitored by the security forces. The Salvadoran and United States governments' regarded FENASTRAS as a political front for rebel Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) guerrillas and thus the organization was a target for harassment and even violent attacks during the civil war. Today, FENASTRAS recognizes that it came under the "influence" of the FMLN.[2]

FENASTRAS' headquarters were bombed on February 22 and September 5, 1989, without loss of life. On October 31 of that year, a more powerful bomb, placed near the building's lunchroom, was detonated when the hall was packed for the mid-day meal.[3] Forty unionists were wounded and nine were killed, including the organization's General Secretary, Febe Elizabeth Velazquez.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Junta Directiva Federal de FENASTRAS, http://www.fenastras.org. Entry retrieved November 13, 2010.
  2. ^ "Junta Directiva Federal de FENASTRAS", http://www.fenastras.org. Entry retrieved November 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "Federation of Salvadoran Workers (FENASTRAS)" Blackwell Online Reference. Entry retrieved November 13, 2010.


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