President of the Global Committee of the HRCT Group and
new president of the IUF's Latin American Executive
agrees: Norberto –as he is generally known–
great guy. A compañero who stands out for his managing
skills, his solidarity and his fraternal attitude. A leader who is
carrying out outstanding work in our international federation,
garnering wide support.
you were re-elected for the post of president of the Global
Committee of the IUF’s HRCT Group…
to run for a new term because I think that overall we had positive
results in the last term, including achieving greater unity among
several major organizations, and because we formed a solid group of
leaders that is currently taking on a more active role.
membership has grown since 2006, when I was first elected president
at the Buenos Aires Conference.
there’s still a great deal of work ahead of us. Tourism is growing
exponentially everywhere in the world, but in many places that
growth is not accompanied by a labor presence. What’s more, in some
countries, there are literally only a handful of trade unions.
why I will have to redouble my efforts in this new term in office.
We need to identify which countries and which multinational
corporations we will focus our actions on.
that should be highlighted is the growing participation in the
International Labour Organisation (ILO) and in the World Tourism
convinced that trade unions need to be involved in every forum where
the issues that pertain to them are discussed. The IUF cannot
be absent from any of the events organized by the ILO or the
UNWTO. We need to participate and use these forums to raise
awareness about the problems we face and to give visibility to our
sense, we are also lending our support and solidarity to any
organizations that face conflicts. An example of this is the IUF
and HRCT Committee Mission to Tunisia, where we held a meeting
with the participation of several countries from the region who are
fighting for democracy and are building a labor movement that will
truly represent the interests of workers, breaking with the old
structures that are linked to dictatorial processes. The idea for
this mission came from the Latin American Regional Office, and it
was a way for many of our organizations to present the work we do
and the IUF’s capacity for solidarity and activism.
you have also been elected to head the IUF's Latin American
right. It’s another challenge I took on at the Conference, which I
should add, proved to be one of the best IUF activities I
have ever participated in. It was very inspiring to see how the five
workshops held were attended by leaders from across the region, who
led discussions and participated actively.
It was an
example of democratic participation, held in an atmosphere of
fraternity, respect and joy. Because despite the many problems faced
by our peoples, and despite the widespread injustice and repression,
the Regional Office has been growing steadily in numbers and
improving its work, and that was evident at the 14th