The Executive Council of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) congratulates BWU General Secretary, Comrade Toni Moore on her election to the post of Deputy President of the Congress of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), which is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Comrade Moore was elected to the position of Deputy President of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) at its 3rd Congress which was held in Sao Paulo during the period May 26th to 29th. Comrade Moore was accompanied at the meeting by the Director of Industrial Relations, Comrade Dwaine Paul. The Barbados Workers’ Union has also been elected to titular positions on the Women’s Committee, the Youth Committee and the Executive Council of the Congress of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas.
The Congress adopted a base document that outlines a number of strategic priorities for the period 2016 to 2010. In particular, four priorities were adopted.
These four priorities are:
- sustainable development
- freedom of association and decent work
- trade union organization and self reform
On the question of sustainable development, the TUCA affiliates ratified a vision of sustainable development built on decent work, fair and equitable distribution of wealth, participatory democracy, gender equality, social protection and social inclusion for all and economic growth.
With regard to freedom of association and decent work, the Congress recognised that this fundamental right is under attack across our region and that definite action is needed to counter-power those forces that would wish to deny workers the right to strike which, like the right to organise and the right to collective bargaining, is a fundamental pillar of freedom of association.
As it relates to trade union organising and self reform, this priortity calls for introspection but more importantly, action aimed at ensuring that the trade union movement gains legitimacy and credibility with workers and society. This objective therefore recognises the need for trade unions to re-intensify efforts towards action that gives real power to the working class; not only economic power but power to address such issues as social protection, eradicating violence against women and addressing inequality.
Speaking at the BWU’s Executive Council meeting on Wednesday night, Comrade Moore said the task for the Union is now to encourage greater participation from among TUCA affiliated Caribbean trade unions so as to strengthen the voice of workers of the Region and to strengthen our call for a greater show of solidarity from unions in the Americas to our own struggle.