The 17th World Trade Union Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions was held at Durban in South Africa from 5th to 8th of this month with the participation of 1500 representatives. The General Secretary of Inter Company Employees’ Union Attorney-at-Law Janaka Adhikary was chosen to the Presidential Council representing Sri Lanka.
WFTU is an institution that has a leftist vision and acts to to bring together trade unions across the world in a single international organization. It represents 92 million working people in 126 countries. The WFTU declined as a result of the collapse of the Socialist camp in 1989. However, it became fully active from 2005 and is engaged in rallying working masses all over the world. What was significant at this Congress was that 2 trade unions representing working masses in the US participated after 30 years. Delegates representing several trade unions from Sri Lanka also were present at the Congress.
Mr. George Mavrikos, the General Secretary of the Greek General Confederation of Labor has been elected the General Secretary of the WFTU for the next 5 years and Mr. Mzwandile Michael Makwayiba from National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union in South Africa was elected the President.
A representative from Sri Lanka getting elected to the Presidential Council is a tribute to the work Inter Company Employees’ Union carries out within WFTU said Mr. Janaka Adhikary.