Friday, August 14, 2009

Labour Canada: CLAC: International organization includes CLAC along with its chief rival CLC in Eng-lang Canada

The decision of Christian Labour Association of Canada to accompany its fellowmembers of the World Confederation of Labour, into the new global alliance of labour -- including several Christian labour unions, national centrals with many affiliates for individual trades and general locals -- has consequences. One of the consequences for CLAC is comembership in the new global alliance (or, congress) along with its chief rival in Canada, the secularist humanist Canadian Labour Congress.

Christian Labour Association of Canada reports on its website its founding membership in the International Trade Union Congres:

CLAC is a founding member of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), which represents 168 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 311 national affiliates.

ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning, and advocacy within the major global institutions. Its main areas of activity include:

* trade union and human rights
* economy, society, and the workplace
* equality and non-discrimination
* international solidarity

ITUC adheres to the principles of trade union democracy and independence, as set out in its constitution. It is governed by four-yearly world congresses, a General Council, and an Executive Bureau.

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