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Summary of decisions taken by Congress

9 August 2006

Motion 4: HIV/Aids and Transport Workers
Congress called for education programmes to support workplace policies, programmes and collective agreements, as well as HIV/Aids clauses in agreements with multinational companies. It linked the struggle against HIV/Aids with the need to organise workers, insisted on a gender perspective in all HIV/Aids activities, and supported a cross-sectional campaign to target issues including access to generic drugs and treatment. It asked the ITF to work with NGOs and other global unions to achieve these objectives.

Motion 5: ITF/ICEM Oil and Gas Global Trade Union Alliance
Congress endorsed the ITF and ICEM strategy to target oil and gas companies and markets and to develop organising campaigns. It called for resources to be made available to underpin coordination with other global union federations and supported initiatives, including those linking maritime and mining, to campaign against agreed multinational company targets.

Emergency Motion 1: Conflict in Lebanon
Congress paid tribute to transport workers supporting the humanitarian efforts in Lebanon and Israel and agreed to work with the UN and the international community to ensure aid reached the Lebanese. It noted the targeting of transport infrastructure in the conflict and called for ITF assistance to transport workers’ unions in the Lebanon. It supported a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine through the “Road Map for Peace”.

Motions 1,2 and 3: “Organising Globally” Resolutions
Adopting these three resolutions; Challenging Neoliberal Globalisation, Organising in a Rapidly Changing Transport Industry and Organising Globally, Congress approved the overall direction of ITF’s work for 2006-2010. The first of this trio laid down measures to challenge the programmes of the World Bank and other IFIs, developing strategies to deal with regional economic blocs and building alliances with civil society. The second envisaged practical action by unions to adapt themselves to organise new workers, and supported a focus on strategic employers and key groups of workers for education and campaigning work. The third called for Global Organising or “GO” projects that would include targeted mapping, encompass research and communications resources and provide ITF unions with education resources.

Emergency Motion 5: Trade Union Unity in Transport
Congress agreed to welcome FIOST unions who wish to affiliate to the ITF and authorised the Executive Board to put in place measures dealing with affiliations, as well as with some representation of the FIOST tradition in ITF governing bodies. Congress invited regional ITF bodies to contribute in the process of unity.

Motion 14: Collaboration with UNI
Congress called for intense collaboration with the services-based global union federation UNI, and asked the Executive Board to take proactive action on the issues.

Motion 15: Transport and Logistics Mapping
In supporting this motion, Congress called for a forum of ITF unions to review existing mapping work in the area of transport and logistics, and to plan a four-year programme of work. In addition, it asked the ITF to identify key global corporations and campaign for them to implement minimum standards for transport employees.

Motion 16: Integrators’ Network
Resolving to hold meetings for members of the ITF’s Integrators’ Network, Congress called for cooperation between the ITF sections to support the network.

Motion 17: AP Moeller-Maersk Network
Congress agreed at least two affiliate meetings over the upcoming period, supported the provision of resources to the network and underlined the importance of organising employees of Maersk, subsidiaries and contractors.

Emergency Motion 2: Madrid, London and now Mumbai – Public Transport Under Attack
Congress emphasised that well-trained transport workers were vital to safeguarding public transport systems against attack, and expressed sympathy with the families of dead workers. It demanded government action to strengthen public transport systems all over the world.

Emergency Motion 3: Bus Workers in Iran
Congress endorsed the submission of a formal complaint by the ITF and ICFTU to the ILO against the government of Iran and demanded the release of Mansour Osanloo of the Vahed bus workers’ union.

Emergency Motion 4: Anti-Trade Union Laws in Australia
Congress called on the ITF to assist Australian affiliates and the ACTU to resist the impacts and consequences of anti-trade union laws in Australia and to work for their repeal.

Motion 7: ITF Regional Organisation
Congress called for resources that would strengthen regional organisation and solidarity and for a review of national and subregional programmes and structures.

Motion 8: Ethical Investments
Congress called on affiliates to support investment in companies that respect human and trade union rights, using the ILO fundamental principles as their guide, and to work to establish a global Ethical Investment Charter.

Motion 19: Peace & Transport Security
Congress condemned terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in Mumbai, London and Madrid and commended the professional and courageous response of emergency services and transport staff. It also called on all Governments involved in the occupation of Iraq to set an urgent date for withdrawal of troops.

Motion 20: Self-Determination
Congress resolved to oppose outside intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela and Cuba and expressed its support for their sovereignty and right to self-determination.

Motion 21: Gender Equality
Congress called on the ITF and its affiliates to prioritise the participation and involvement of women throughout their organisations through the implementation of the Organising Globally work programme.

Motion 22: China
Congress called on the ITF to take initiatives promoting further dialogue and constructive engagement with Chinese transport workers and their unions, particularly in the maritime sector.

Motion 39: Workers’ Rights in Pakistan
Congress resolved to promote solidarity initiatives to strengthen trade union rights in Pakistan and called on the Executive Board to hold further discussions with Global Unions to draw attention to the serious violations of human and trade union rights experienced by the country’s transport workers and to raise these issues at the Human and Trade Union Rights Committee of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

NB: For the full text of motions, please refer to the appropriate agenda documents.

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