They represented the General Confederation of Labour of Colombia (CGT), which recognized the progress made by the Colombian government in protecting workers` rights. Union members supporting the free trade agreement argued that it would create jobs in Colombia`s coffee, flower, textile and other industries. They claimed that the Uribe government had made great strides in protecting workers` rights and that the Santos government was making these positive changes “more concrete”. Some CGT representatives said they did not believe that union workers were targeted because of their work activities and believed that the violence was due to the ongoing conflict in Colombia, provoked by guerrillas and paramilitaries.58 The Non-Governmental Institute of International Economics (IIE)26 conducted a study in 2006 examining the potential impact of a free trade agreement between the United States and Colombia on the United States. about 100,000. .