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Randall Howard elected president of world union federation

9 August 2006

Satawu General Secretary Randall Howard was today elected President of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) – a powerful global union federation with worldwide membership and influence. The organisation is holding its four yearly congress in Durban this week.

In his speech Mr Howard, who replaces outgoing president Umraomal Purohit, stated: “Satawu (the South African Transport & Allied Workers' Union) recognises that our international work has strategic importance for our movement. There is recognition that the most effective way to challenge global capital is through global organising and trade union work.”

 “During the next four years we need to become more deliberate about advancement of women. We want to improve their involvement in trade unions and ITF structures, and their representation in leadership positions.

Referring to the ITF’s commitment to a worldwide anti-HIV/Aids campaign, he concluded: “The resolution we have adopted builds on our previous work on HIV/Aids, and we must now intensify our efforts. In 2010, we must be able to report back to the next congress about what we have done, not on why we didn’t do it. The ITF must invest a lot more into that struggle, as effectively as we can.”

The whole speech is available. Please contact dawson_sam@itf.org.uk if you would like to receive it

Attached: Photo of Randall Howard delivering his acceptance speech this morning.

Background


Randall Howard biography

After leaving school Randall Howard worked for various companies before being employed by South African Container Depots (SACD) in 1986. He joined the Transport and General Workers’ Union and was elected a shop steward and then the Chairperson of the Western Cape branch. In 1988 he was dismissed from the company and became a full time organiser with TGWU. He was subsequently elected Branch Secretary, then National Deputy General Secretary and, in 1994, General Secretary. He held this position until the merger of TGWU and Sarhwu in 2000. At Satawu’s founding congress Randall Howard was elected General Secretary and in this capacity is a member of the Central Executive Committee of Cosatu.

 

What is the ITF?

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is a global organisation representing around four and a half million transport workers worldwide. Unions – currently 624 from 142 countries – affiliate to the ITF, which is able to carry their interests into the global arena.

Founded in London in 1896 the ITF is one of 10 Global Union Federations.

More details: www.itfglobal.org/about-us/moreabout.cfm

 

What is the ITF Congress?

The four yearly Congress is the ITF’s supreme decision making event, at which delegates from its affiliated trade unions are able to vote to determine the course the ITF will take until the next congress.  It elects the ITF’s Executive Board, President, Vice Presidents and General Secretary; approves – or not – the organisation’s last four years’ work; and sets the agenda for the next four years.  It also approves reports from the ITF’s industrial sections, which meet during the congress. The event is open to delegates, observers, press and public.

 

Congress press facilities

There is a dedicated online press area at www.itfglobal.org/pressarea.cfm  Please contact dawson_sam@itf.org.uk if you would like to receive photos of congress.

 

Congress timetable

Please see www.itfglobal.org/calendar.cfm

 

Congress 2006 visitor numbers

1,194 participants from 387 unions in 111 countries have registered for the event.

 

Previous ITF Congresses

A full list of the ITF’s previous Congresses, from the first in London in 1896 to the most recent, in Vancouver in 2002, is at www.itfglobal.org/previouscongress.cfm

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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