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ITF’s 41st Congress set for South Africa, August 2 to 9

29 June 2006

Entrance foyer at the ITF's last Congress, in Vancouver in 2002*
Entrance foyer at the ITF's last Congress, in Vancouver in 2002*

The ITF is to hold its 41st world congress in Durban, South Africa from 2 to 9 August. This will be the first congress to be held in Africa in the Federation’s 110 year history and the biggest ever. The venue is the International Convention Centre (ICC), 45 Ordnance Road, Durban.

Congress sets the ITF’s agenda for the next four years. This year’s theme is Organising Globally: Fighting for our Rights, which builds on Globalising Solidarity, the priority of the 2002 Congress in Vancouver, and Mobilising Solidarity, from the 1998 event in New Delhi.

The congress also elects the ITF’s General Secretary, President, Vice-Presidents and Executive Board.

1, 107 delegates and advisers from 342 unions in 108 countries have registered for the event so far.

ITF General Secretary David Cockroft commented: “The last two congresses affirmed the need to mobilise unions to face the new challenge of global employers, and to globalise our responses, building on a worldwide community of transport unions to develop new ways of organising.”

“In the last four years the world has become even more globalised, and the ITF and its unions intend to continue to set the agenda for workers in the transport arena.  Organising Globally: Fighting for our Rights is about making the ITF into even more of an action body, which can use the forces of international solidarity to build stronger and more effective unions worldwide.”

He continued: “Demonstrating clearly that the ITF is a truly global organisation, this is the first ever ITF Congress in Africa. It will adopt a strategic work programme for the next four years, putting increasing emphasis on making sure that workers in every branch of transport are organised in strong, democratic trade unions.  In a world in which employers are working across national borders, unions have to do the same. The congress will adopt a comprehensive programme of practical projects in every region. It will tackle ports of convenience and focus attention on the vital need to tackle the scourge of HIV/Aids among transport workers.”

“None of this would be possible without the help of our colleagues in South Africa and we thank Satawu (the South African Transport & Allied Workers' Union) and the Transport & Allied Workers’ Union of South Africa, who are helping us organise the major undertaking of a successful congress.”

Journalists are welcome to attend the ITF Congress. The opening ceremony and plenary sessions are all open to press. Only the internal Section meetings are private. Please contact dawson_sam@itf.org.uk if you would like to register. For journalists who cannot be there – as well as for those who can and all interested parties – a full guide to Congress, how it works and what will be discussed can be found at www.itfglobal.org/congress, where press releases, daily updates, interviews and photos will also appear. David Cockroft explained: “We want to extend the experience of congress on to the web, by making this information accessible to people in Durban, and to the rest of the world.”

ENDS

For more information contact ITF press officer, Sam Dawson.
Direct line: + 44 (0)20 7940 9260.
Email: dawson_sam@itf.org.uk

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