Johannesburg: Second Congress of ITUC-Africa

The Director of the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV), Dan Cunniah, took part in the Second Congress of the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Federation (ITUC-Africa), which was held in Johannesburg from 25 to 27 November 2011.

Press release | 27 November 2011

Johannesburg, 27 November 2011 (ACTRAV INFO) – The Director of the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV), Dan Cunniah, took part in the Second Congress of the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Federation (ITUC-Africa), which was held in Johannesburg from 25 to 27 November 2011.

“Renewing the African Trade Union Movement towards African Emancipation” was the theme of the Congress. At its opening session, Dan Cunniah presented a message of congratulations from ILO Director-General Juan Somavia to all the congress participants.

The ACTRAV Director reaffirmed that his department stands side by side with the African trade unions “as part of its mission to advise, assist and support the trade union movement, so that together we can breathe new life into the unified, free, strong, independent, democratic African trade union movement”.

The Congress re-elected Mody Guiro as President of ITUC-Africa and Kwasi Adu-Amanquah as its General Secretary, both for a further four-year term.

A resolution was adopted calling upon the two pan-African organizations, ITUC-Africa and the Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), to embark on a process of unification.

The Congress also adopted a special motion urging the immediate release of Bro. Basile Mahan Gahé, President of DIGNITE, Ivory Coast.

For more details, see the full text of Dan Cunniah's speech in Johannesburg