TUC's International Conference insists that 'trade unionism remains the hope of the world'

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date: 9 June 2008

embargo: None

At SERTUC's 'International Conference' on Saturday, (14 June), trade unionists from London, the South East, the East of England and beyond will meet with trade unionists and international speakers from across the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing working people and their families in the world today.

Key note speakers include Ana Lucia Pinzon, General Secretary, Colombian Public Sector Workers Union, Frances O'Grady, Deputy General Secretary, TUC, Nestor Lopez, Venezuelan Embassy, John Monks, General Secretary, ETUC, Fabio Ghelfi, CGIL, Charles Abani, Oxfam, Glyn Ford MEP, Richard Howitt MEP and Victoria Britten, journalist and former associate editor of the Guardian.

The conference, to be held at Congress House, in central London, will start at 10am and is free to attend.

Megan Dobney, SERTUC Regional Secretary said:

'The themes of solidarity between workers, defence of public services, mobilisation against the politics of hatred peddled by the 'far-right' and the struggle for workers rights are not unique to the SERTUC region or even to Britain, they are global themes. It is clear that if we are to make progress on each of those themes trade unions will have a critical role to play and international cooperation between unions must widen and intensify.

'The objective of this event is to build understanding, enable networks and stimulate joint work so as to strengthen the voice that unions have in defence of working people and their families across the planet.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

This event if free to attend. It is open to all trade unionists and progressive campaigners. Journalists are welcome. Please register by email to sertucevents@tuc.org.uk or call 020 7467 1220

- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk

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Contacts:

Media enquiries:
Matt Dykes T: 020 7467 1386 M: 07970 618 105 E: mdykes@tuc.org.uk

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