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4th ITUC World Congress in Copenhagen

In the period from 2-7 December 2018, the 4th Congress of the International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC) was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, attended by a delegation of the Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia, led by the President of CCM, Darko Dimovski.

The Congress was attended by more than 1,200 participants from 147 countries who debated to shape the policies and priorities for the international trade union movement for the next four years. The Congress was addressed by Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen and International Labour Organization Director-General Guy Ryder.

The motto of this Congress was building workers’ power to change the rules. The international union movement stands for peace, democracy and rights for working people. We must defeat and transform the failed economic model of today. We must defend workers’ and other human rights and demand a new social contract. As the world shifts, with technological and climate change and as people move, because of desperation or from choice, we must have a Just Transition. And equality for all people is at the centre of our mandate,” said Sharan Burrow. The unions committed themselves to organise, to create a 250 million-member ITUC over the next four years, to build workers’ power, to demand a new social contract, where businesses, including platform businesses, are made to take responsibility for their workers; to reverse the trend of low-wage growth and rising inequality through collective bargaining, increased minimum wages and social protection; and close the gender pay gap, fight discrimination and racism and take forward action against gender-based violence,these are foundations for the future of work. During the Congress five urgent resolutions were passed calling for: human rights and peace in Colombia; solidarity with workers and students in Iran; labour law reforms in Hungary; labour rights and solidarity with independent trade unions in Kazakhstan; and freedom for Lula.

During the Congress, the President of CCM, Darko Dimovski had several working meetings with the union leaders from several countries, as well as with ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow, the ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini, the ILO Director, Guy Ryder. On these meetings trade union issues have been discussed such as deepening the cooperation between the organizations, exchange of experiences and good practices, and finding new ways and models of trade union organizing  in the direction of protection and promotion of workers' rights.

On the Congress the two candidates, Susanna Camusso and Sharan Burrow, were nominated for the position of General Secretary and Burrow was elected by a close margin. The ITUC General Council elected Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, as ITUC President. Cathy Feingold of AFL-CIO (USA) and Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson of LO Sweden were elected as the ITUC Deputy Presidents. Owen Tudor, Victor Báez and Mamadou Diallo were elected as the ITUC Deputy General Secretaries.

The next ITUC World Congress will be held in 2022.




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