On November 29
and 30, the Regional Planning Meeting of the Latin American Fishery Sector was
held in Buenos Aires, called jointly by the organizations affiliated to the
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the IUF Latin American
division, Rel- UITA. One of the meeting’s resolutions was to form National
Coordination Committees among the sector’s organizations affiliated to both
The event was
hosted by the United Labor Organization of Sea Workers (SOMU) of
Argentina, represented by its general secretary, Omar Enrique Suárez,
along with Mario Morato, Oscar Ortiz, Jorge Vargas and
Ernesto Caridad, who received the other delegations in SOMU’s spacious and
comfortable convention center.
participating from Argentina were Ricardo Iglesias, of the naval
electricians’ and engineers’ union, SEEN; Juan Carlos Pucci,
Jorge Bianchi, Mario Galano and Fernando Nelly from the
organization of fishery and navigation officers and foremen, CPOFPCM;
Marcos Castro, Paul Medina and Jorge Tiravassi, of the sea
captains’ and merchant marine officers’ organization, CCUOMM; and
Gustavo Mujica and Eduardo Moyatti, of the center of naval engineer
Brazil were Siderlei de Oliveira, of the National Confederation of
Food Workers (CONTAC), and Paulo Botelho, of the Río Grande Food
Industry Workers’ Union (STIA-RG).
Chile were Alex Cancino Opazo, of the Chilean Fishery Workers’
Confederation (CONTRAPECH); Eric Ruffo, of the merchant marine
mechanists’ union, SIOMMMN; Juan Villalón, of the shipping company
workers’ union, SITRIEMP, and Arturo Arteaga, of the union of
fishing ship crewmembers.
representation of Peru were Juan Pedemonte and Luis Alberto
Ulloa, respectively general and organizational secretaries of the Union of
New Vessel Fishermen of Peru (SUPNEP); Segundo Yapen, of the union
of fishery ship machinists and engineer officers of Peru, SUMOPP, and
Miguel Flores, of the Federation of Fishery Captains and Foremen of Peru.
for her part, participated on behalf of the Union of Sea Workers of Ecuador (UTDEME).
were Jon Whitlow, Secretary of the Seafarers’ Section of the ITF,
accompanied by Antonio Fritz and Luiz de Lima of ITF
IUF regional secretary for Latin America, participated in representation
numerous and qualified group examined the current situation of each organization
and the general crisis that is affecting the industry region-wide. They also
worked in small groups, trying to identify common areas where the different
organizations can join efforts in each country, taking into account that one of
the major limitations detected by the meeting was the fragmentation of the labor
movement in the sector.
material, including statistical data and videos, was presented at the meeting,
and discussed among the participants, enabling them to draw significant
conclusions that were gathered in a
common document, emphasizing
the sector’s most pressing issues, and establishing as a top priority the need
to ensure the sustainability of fishing resources, standardizing and controlling
catches to eliminate the current depredation.
the meeting expressed its
support to the World Solidarity Campaign with El Salvador Calvo Group workers
organized in SGTIPAC, which is being promoted by Rel-UITA.