ITF Congress Under Way

Australian transport union delegation under the Transport Union Federation among some 1376 participants from 368 trade unions in 112 countries setting the ITF agenda for the next four years.

The world congress of the ITF  is under way in Mexico City. Running from 5 to 12 August, it will be the largest ever and the first to be held in Latin America.

Congress will also elect its president, vice-presidents, general secretary and executive board, with ITF vice president and chair of the dockers section Paddy Crumlin standing for President.

The inaugural ITF Youth Conference this week elected Paul McAleer, MUA Sydney branch its chair.

This 42nd ITF congress is the largest in the Federations 114 year history. 
Congress delegates will debate issues that affect transport workers and the wider public. 

Congress theme is  Strong Unions - Sustainable Transport.

Issues on the agenda include quality public services - including public transport, the ITF's commitment to the Year of the Seafarer 2010 and the fight against piracy; campaigns for safe rail and road; the launch of a good practice guide on HIV/Aids; a new focus for the ITF's flag of convenience campaign; a planned website for cabin crew; Dockers' Port Intelligence, the latest tool in the campaign against ports of convenience; and issues affecting transport workers on land, at sea and in the air.