ITUC OnLine: Fifteen Arab trade union organizations from 10 countries founded today in Amman, Jordan, a new Forum to promote the fundamental values of democratic and independent trade unionism and to increase regional union solidarity and unity. The founding union organizations are from Bahrain (GFTU); Egypt (EFITU); Iraq (GFIW); Kuwait (KTUF); Libya (Free Libyan Workers' Federation-FLWF); Mauritania (CLTM, CNTM, UTM); Morocco (CDT, CGTM, UMT); Palestine (PGFTU); Tunisia (UGTT); and Yemen (GFYWTU)."The transition process to democracy as well as the revolutionary struggles, which are still ongoing, need a better contribution from the Arab trade union movement. Our priorities are to achieve genuine democracy and social justice, to ensure dignity for all in the Arab world," said Tunisian trade unionist Abdessalem Jerad, who was elected President of the new Forum.
In other key points in the declaration:
Shaher Sae'd, PGFTU General Secretary (Palestine), was the elected coordinator of the new Forum.
"We warmly welcome the launch of the new Forum. A stronger and united Arab trade union movement can play a pivotal role in achieving genuine democracy and tackling unemployment, precarity, poverty and inequality, affecting especially youth and women who are at the forefront of these struggles," said Sharan Burrow, ITUC.