COPENHAGEN, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - "IndustriALL is a triumph for
solidarity. This new global union will be a force for good for working
people all over the world," said Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers (USW)
National Director, on the formation of the new global union
More than 1,200 unionists from every corner of the globe are meeting in
Copenhagen June 18-20, 2012, to form IndustriALL Global Union,
representing 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy
and manufacturing sectors.
"With the force of its 50 million members, IndustriALL has the strength
and the reach to take on the power of multinational companies like Rio
Tinto and Vale," said Neumann. "IndustriALL hopes to negotiate on a
global level with the global giants."
"We know that global solidarity works," said Neumann. "Workers win when
we stand together against injustice in a global way. IndustriALL will
leverage workers' links around the world and make us even stronger and
united," said Neumann.
"Among the delegates are heroes who have been on the frontline of the
fight for democracy and workers' rights," said Jyrki Raina, the
incoming general secretary of IndustriALL Global Union.
"In Copenhagen, we will form a new union family of heroes, with strong
bonds, ready to stick together through thick and thin - a new force in
global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and
trade union rights around the world," said Raina.
"IndustriALL will fight for a new model of globalization, a new economic
and social model that puts people first, based on democracy and social
justice," added Raina.
IndustriALL will be founded in Copenhagen on 19 June 2012. The new
organization will bring together affiliates of the former global union
federations: International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF),
Internatioanal Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General
Workers' Unions (ICEM) and International Textiles Garment and Leather
Workers' Federation (ITGLWF).
The USW is an affiliate of both the IMF and the ICEM.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers National Director, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, United Steelworkers email@example.com 416-434-2221