Next instalment in Pathway to congress: countdown on for Arab World regional conference

The next stage of the ITF’s Pathway to congress is just a few days away as unionists from across the Arab World prepare to come together for their regional conference.

Over 200 participants from across the region will meet in Tunis from 13-16 February – the conference kicks off with a day focused on building strategy for increased engagement of women workers and young transport workers in union activity in the Arab World.

Arab World regional secretary Bilal Malkawi said: “Participants from the region have been following reports and developments from Pathway to congress conferences so far and now it’s our turn to be in the spotlight.

Coming together to look at our progress in priority areas since 2014 congress in Sofia, building on our successes, recognising and finding ways to deal with our challenges, and understanding how we fit in to the global ITF agenda – those are the reasons for this conference.

“We’re looking for a huge amount of engagement from participants but also from those outside the room, in the Arab World and beyond.”

There will be live reporting throughout the conference via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Pathway to congress hashtag #WeAreITF will be used across all platforms so followers can easily search for content from the conference. Pathway to congress reports, pictures and films have already been viewed more than 3 million times on social media.

Among items on the agenda are on-going support for transport workers in Palestine, developments in the ITF Qatar Airways campaign, the future of work in the region and the impact of the Arab Spring on trade union rights.



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