SIGTUR, the Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights is
organizing a Open Forum under the title of łVoices from the South and Toward
Real Solidarity between North and South˛ on September 11th, in Cancun,
Mexico. This SIGTUR forum will be co-hosted by KCTU(Korean Confederation of
Trade Unions), COSATU(Congress of South African Trade Unions) and
CUT(Central Unica dos Trabalhadores-Brazil). Social/civic movement groups
such as Focus on the Global South are co-sponsoring this forum.
It will be composed of two parts.
The first part will focus on the issue of WTO, including its impacts on the
South and trade union strategy/responses. Following this in the second part,
we will discuss more general effects of neo-liberal globalisation such as
labour flexiblisation and the long-term/short-term challenges of trade
Following is a draft introduction and programme of the SIGTUR Forum.
We invite you to take part in this forum.
Voices from the South and Toward Real Solidarity between North and South
Co-conveners : KCTU(Korean Confederation of Trade Unions), COSATU(Congress of South African Trade Unions)
and CUT(Central Unica dos Trabalhadores-Brazil)
Venue : Hotel Margaritas(Cancun, Mexico)
Date : 9 AM - 1 PM September 11th 2003
(The venue is the same place as one of the łTrade and War˛ forum organised by the Continental Campaign Against Militarization in the Americas, Polaris Institute and Focus on the Global South, which will be held in the afternoon, 11th Sep.)
1. Introduction and Objectives
- Since Seattle Struggle in 1999, anti/alter globalisation movements have
been increasing in capacity and numbers around the world. At the same time,
it is the reality that there are some differences in terms of viewpoints on
the WTO and neoliberal globalisation among North and South trade union
- It is time to exchange and clarify each view in order to strengthen our
movements and materialise real solidarity between North and South under the
situation of accelerated neoliberal globalisation and WTO DDA process.
- Taking an opportunity of the 5th WTO Ministerial conference at Cancun, we
would like to make a momentum to understand each other's condition and to
develop common ground for North-South solidarity from the perspective of
southern trade union and people.
- The objective of the Forum under the title of "Voices from the South and
Toward Real Solidarity between North and South" is not only aimed that the
voices of southern people and trade union on the WTO/neoliberal
globalisation be heard but also that these viewpoints be discussed with
colleagues from the North in order to build common and balanced resolutions.
2. Revised programme
- The First Part : Challenging the WTO - Our Tactics/Strategies and toward real solidarity between North and South(1 hour 45 minutes)
Simon Boshielo(or another Colleague from COSATU), COSATU, South Africa, on Governments of developing countries and Anti-WTO movement(15 minutes)
Cho Heejoo, Korean Teachers' Union, Korea, on Anti-WTO movement and Trade unionĄŻs campaigns against privatization(15 minutes)
Joao Vaccari, CUT-Brazil and Sophie Zafari, FSU, France, on Overcoming the debate of labour standards from the perspective of South(15 minutes each)
Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South, Philippines, on The vision of Anti-WTO movement and alternatives to the WTO regime(15 minutes)
10 minute break
- The Second Part : Trade UnionĄŻs Challenges in face of Neo-liberal Globalisation(1 hour 30 minutes)
Rafael Freire, HAS, CUT-Brazil, on Trade Union and alter/anti Globalisation movement including WSF process(15 minutes)
Yoo Duksang, KCTU, on The Vision of Trade Union movement in face of Labour Flexiblisation/Casualisation(15 minutes)
Giacomo Barbieri, CGIL, Italia and Ferdinand Gaite, COURAGE, Philippines, on Existing barriers from the perspective of strengthening the solidarity between North and South and toward building internationalist trade union movement(15 minutes each)
General Discussion(45 minutes)
About the SIGTUR
SIGTUR, the Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights is a
new southern organisation of democratic, independent trade unions in Asia,
Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand that was formed in March
SIGTUR has been formed under basis that the sweeping policy changes ushered
in by neoliberal globalisation were likely to seriously undermine labour
rights and conditions that had been won through long and difficult struggle,
a struggle that involved considerable human sacrifice.
SIGTUR strategy goes to the very heart of the challenges all unions now face
as they find their base cut by the liberal market agenda of globalisation,
which has seriously undermined rights, generated massive new inequalities
and accelerated environmental degradation.
SIGTUR is built upon the foundation of democratic trade unionism, committed
to defending and promoting:
* worker and citizen rights;
* economic equality, social equality, gender equality;
* political freedom and participatory democracy;
* a green agenda against environmental degradation.
SIGTUR is a non-aligned, independent, action and campaign orientated
network, grounded in democratic trade unions in the south that has secured a
high degree of support from all active trade union internationals.
SIGTUR is deeply committed to the struggle for democratic trade union
rights, which means challenging the logic of neoliberal global change, which
has been so damaging to collective rights and the maintenance of decent
conditions. Hence SIGTUR is willing to work with any international union
structure that can help empower the struggle of southern workers.
Korean Confederation of Trade Unions
5fl. Daeyoung Bldg. 139 Youngdeungpo-2-Ga
Youngdeungpo-Ku, Seoul 150-982 Korea
Tel: ++82 2 2636-0165
Fax: ++82 2 2635-1134
Contact at Cancun, Mexico
Contact Person : Lee Changgeun
Hotel : Hotel Aquamarina Beach
Address : Boulevard Kukulkan KM 4.5, Hotel Zone, Cancun, Mexico
Telephone : +52-998-849-4606// Fax : +52-998-849-4600
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org