El Salvador


Systematic violations of rights

Worse than last year


Workers' rights violations

Right to trade union activities

In October 2020, a group of people violently broke into the headquarters of the Asociación General de Empleados Públicos y Municipales (AGEPYM), a union that brings together state and municipal workers in the city of San Salvador. The intruders proclaimed themselves as the "new" board of directors and evicted the legitimate board members.

Right to trade union activities

In 2021, the government of El Salvador increased pressure against trade unions, ultimately deciding in March 2021 to revoke the credentials of all democratic unions and effectively blocking their participation in all tripartite consultations. This arbitrary cancellation deprives unions from any rights and prevents them from operating normally in the country.

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