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ITF building union power in Mexico

22 Nov 2019

The ITF has held a series of event in Mexico City to build union membership and power in the country, as it looks for opportunities to support Mexican transport unions and help them to join the ITF family.

As part of this process, in 2020 the ITF will hold a ground-breaking transport unions symposium in the city to tackle labour issues in the country.

Rob Johnston, ITF assistant general secretary, attended this week’s events: “Our mission as the ITF is to increase union power to fight policies the attack workers’ rights, and increase the opportunity of solidarity across borders; and that’s what we’re working on in Mexico this week.”

Benito Bahena y Lome, general secretary of Alianza de Tranviarios de México (ATM), added: “We had a series of productive meetings where we ensured that the presence of the ITF will be vital for Mexican workers and unions. This ITF working plan took a while to become a reality, but today more than ever we are committed to being part of this new project.”

Edgar Díaz, acting regional secretary, also attended: “It is very important to generate the ties of solidarity between the affiliates to fight against the anti-union policies promoted by too many governments in the region. The ITF will be fighting shoulder to shoulder with its affiliates to improve workers' conditions without any distinction.”

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