Hernán Darío “Bolillo” Gómez,
the coach of Colombia’s national soccer team, publicly confessed to having
physically attacked a woman he was having drinks with last Saturday, August 6.
admitted the seriousness of his actions, and considering what he represents for
Colombian sports and the country’s image and the example he sets for the
country’s youth, he turned in his resignation as coach and apologized for his
shameful behavior to the woman he attacked, his mother, his wife and children
and to the country in general.
wouldn’t even be writing this article, as enough has been said by national and
international press, but I don’t want to let the hypocritical statements made on
behalf of his company by Fernando Jaramillo, corporate vice president
o SABMiller–Bavaria, sponsor of Colombia’s national team.
told the media, “Someone with this kind of behavior cannot be coaching
Colombia’s national team.” This means that SABMiller is capable of
perceiving the wrongful behavior of those who, like Bolillo, violate
moral and ethical standards, and moreover condemns such behavior.
so many other hypocrites, Jaramillo fails to see the beam in his own eye,
a beam that is frightfully large as thousands of Colombian homes are suffering
the consequences of unemployment and poverty to which they have been condemned
by SABMiller’s collective layoff policy, the destruction of the
collective bargaining agreement and the undermining of the trade union,
addition, through the imposition of its “Code of Ethics,” the
transnational corporation has transformed its brewery plants into ghettos of
extreme exploitation, governed by associated work cooperatives.
deplorable policy implemented by SABMiller has yielded enormous profits
for the company, scandalously cutting wages and social benefits and doing away
with major labor gains that were protected in the collective bargaining
Today, any mention of unionization at SABMiller–Bavaria is tantamount to
losing your job and being ostracized in the workplace.
company’s criminal labor policy and antiunion practices are utterly despicable
in their violation of collective rights and constitute an abominable economic
and social form of violence that must be eradicated and unanimously condemned by