WSF 2006 – Caracas

UNI-Americas at the 6th World Social Forum: Within the framework of the many activities taking place in Caracas, Venezuela, on the occasion of the 6th World Social Forum, the representatives of UNI Americas, Rodolfo Benětez and Marcio Monzane, on 24 January participated in the coordination meetings held by the Global Union Federations (GUFs), to discuss progress in their joint actions in the Americas. To that end, continuation of the campaigns in Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico was emphasised.

Then the representatives of the GUFs in the Americas met the General Secretary of ORIT, Věctor Bačz. The ORIT leader gave a progress report on the regional talks regarding the process of forming a new world trade union confederation. Both Bačz and the GUF representatives reaffirmed their commitment to continue their support for that ICFTU-WCL initiative.

On 25 of January, UNI AMERICAS’ Regional Secretary took part in a panel on decent work as a fundamental basis for sustainable development, the world employment programme, and labour rights, serving as the panel’s moderator. The panel brought together some 500 people participating in the trade-union forum. UNI AMERICAS will hold two events during the world forum: one on Walmartisation and the other on the integration of the world financial system into the needs of society.
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You’ll find more texts about the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, on the following links:

TOWARDS A LATIN AMERICAN POWER BLOC, by Diego Cevallos/IPS-TerraViva;

VENEZUELA: THE GREAT DEBATE IN A LAND OF CHANGE, by Humberto Márquez;

UNAFFILIATED LEFTIST ELITE EMERGES, by Mario Osava/IPS-TerraViva;

CIVIL SOCIETY MUST OPPOSE, BUT ALSO PROPOSE, by Kumi Naidoo;

POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT: SPARSE MEDIA COVERAGE MAY MAKE THEM WORSE, by Mario Lubetkin;

Informations about the WSF 2006-Blogosphere on Global voices.org;

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