Foz do Iguaçu, 20 April 2012 (ACTRAV INFO)- The Second Congress of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA-CSA) took place in Brazil from 17-20 April 2012. A number of trade union organizations from the Americas took part, as did representatives of the International Labour Office.
At a fringe event, ILO Regional Director for the Americas, Elizabeth Tinoco recalled the progress made on growth in the region, with the urban unemployment level now put at 6.8 per cent. Despite the crisis affecting countries all over the world, she felt that the Americas region has held up well because it has drawn on “lessons from the past”. Ms Tinoco went on to highlight the challenges facing the region, notably precarious jobs, youth unemployment and the continued existence of the informal economy, which accounts for some 50 per cent of jobs.
The Director of the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV), Dan Cunniah, emphasized the close cooperation between his Department and TUCA-CSA in the period 2008-2012. This cooperation has focussed in particular on strengthening the trade union movement in the Americas through trade union training and the promotion of International Labour Standards, especially Conventions No. 87 and No.98 on freedom of association and collective bargaining rights. Over the coming years, he said, ACTRAV and TUCA-CSA will be making joint efforts to ensure the promotion of Convention No.189 on domestic workers, the reinforcement of South-South cooperation, the fight against precarious employment, the application of the ILO tripartite declaration on multinational enterprises and the promotion of gender equality.
The General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Sharan Burrow, took the opportunity to urge unions to strengthen the trade union movement in the region. She stressed the need to unite workers in order to achieve better social security, and to combat precarious employment and employment, so that decent work for all becomes a reality.
The Congress ended with the election of a new Executive Secretariat with a four-year mandate, consisting of: Hassan Yussuff (President), Julio Roberto Gómez (Deputy President), Victor Baez Mosqueira (Secretary General), Amanda Villatoro Claribel (Secretary for Policy, Education and Associations), Laerte Teixeira (Secretary for Social Policies) and Rafael Freire Neto (Secretary for Economic Policy and Sustainable Development).
The next TUCA-CSA Congress is scheduled for 2016.
For more information, contact:
Hilda SANCHEZ MARTINEZ
Senior Specialist in workers’ activities
Desk Officer for Americas
Tel : +41 22 799 68 81