Regional Planning Meeting of the
Latin American Fishery Sector

November 29 & 30, 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina






The organizations member of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the Latin American Regional Division of the IUF, gathered here today at this meeting, agree to pool efforts and resources to strengthen the labor actions of the two international federations in the Region.


With that aim, we hereby resolve to promote and contribute to the establishment of National Coordination Committees among organizations across the entire FISHERY SECTOR CHAIN.


These structures shall prioritize the discussion of issues regarding organization, health, safety and working conditions; the sustainability of resources, including illegal, undeclared and non-regulated fishing activities; the design of a diagnosis at the national and regional level on the characteristics, situations and challenges of the sector. They shall also work to prepare a common platform of demands and jointly develop union training programs. In addition, the National Coordination Committees shall undertake to cooperate to devise public policies for the sector, and carry out actions that will contribute to the defense of the food sovereignty and safety of their peoples.


Among the tasks to be carried out immediately, the most prominent are the struggle to ratify ILO Convention 188 in each country’s fishery sector, and the implementation of a campaign to ensure the respect for Human Rights, including the Freedom of Association of fishery workers in the Region.



                 Antonio Fritz                                                     Jon Whitlow                 

            Regional Secretary                                              Section Secretary

                         ITF                                                            Seafarers - ITF



Gerardo Iglesias

IUF Regional Secretary




December 3, 2007

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