MONTREAL, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The 10th edition of World Social Forum (WSF) is kicking off tomorrow -
Sunday, February 6 - in Dakar, Senegal. Until February 11, thousands
of delegates from various civil society organizations will be meeting
together within the context of capitalism in crisis, which calls for
novel, global solutions. The Confédération des syndicats nationaux will
be there once again this year.
Nine people form the CSN delegation, which includes its vice-president,
Louis Roy. On February 9, he will lead a special workshop on the
Quality Public Services - Action Now! campaign. This campaign was launched last fall in Geneva by the Council of Global
Unions, which brings together large democratic union federations from
all countries. One of its objectives is to convince municipalities and
public administrations to become involved in promoting and defending
public services, particularly by endorsing a global charter.
On February 9 in the afternoon, the CSN representatives will participate
in the union forum organized as part of the WSF by the International
Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), to which the CSN is affiliated
internationally. On February 8, a union advisor from the CSN research
department, Nathalie Guay, will be part of a panel on the social
economy and solidarity, organized by the International Labour Office, a
United Nations agency.
Besides Louis Roy, the members of the CSN delegation to the World Social
Daniel Tessier, Conseil central de Lanaudière (CSN);
Marjolaine Côté, Fédération des employé-es de services publics - CSN;
Dominique Daigneault, Gaétan Châteauneuf and Lisa Courtemanche, Conseil
central du Montréal métropolitain - CSN;
Micheline Thibodeau, Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des
enseignants du Québec - CSN;
Nathalie Guay, union staff representative, CSN research department.
The delegation will be accompanied by filmmaker Chloé Germain-Thérien,
the winner of the CSN video contest [re : public] held last year.
These delegates will take part in various workshops and seminars among
the hundreds of events offered at the 2011 WSF. Workshops on issues
involving public finances, economic development, health, education and
the status of women will be followed in particular by the CSN.
About the World Social Forum
Created in 2001, the World Social Forum is a citizens' response to the
big economic summits such as the Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which is
being held at approximately the same time. Contrary to that forum, the
WSF is open to broad-based participation of citizens and civil society
organizations. It is intended to be the global point of convergence of
all movements engaged in the struggle against neo-liberal ideology. It
seeks to develop fair and equitable alternatives to capitalist
globalization. The CSN has taken part in every edition of the WSF since
it was created in 2001.
About the CSN
Founded in 1921, the Confédération des syndicats nationaux now has more
than 300,000 members.
For further information:
For information and interviews with members of the CSN delegation to the World Social Forum: Jean-Pierre Larche, CSN communications department, 514 605-0757
Source : Confédération des syndicats nationaux