The Central Organization of Trade Unions, COTU (K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli was this morning re-elected to the influential position of Vice President of the International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC at its 4th Congress currently taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Brother Atwoli’s name was proposed on the floor of the over three thousands (3,000) member delegates to the Congress and unanimously approved by the delegates hence granting Atwoli another four (4) years term in the leadership of the ITUC, an organization that he is now serving as Vice President for the third term uninterrupted.
Earlier, Brother Atwoli, who also serves as President of the Pan- African Continent’s trade union organization, the Organization of African Trade Union Unity, OATUU, with headquarters in Accra, Ghana, was elected as a titular member to the General Council of the ITUC to represent the East African Region after he was proposed unopposed by his colleagues in the region including by trade Union leaders from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia among others.
Others elected during the hotly contested elections was the Confederations’ General Secretary Sharan Burrow from Australia who garnered a total of 54,783,316 votes beating her main challenger Sussana Camusso from Italy who got 50,196,465 votes represented by the 3000 plus delegates who attended the Congress.
In his acceptance speech to the Congress, Atwoli did recognize and appreciate the ‘huge’ confidence that his colleagues in the east Africa region, in Africa and the world over continue to have in him to serve them adding ‘the position you have just bestowed to me this morning isn’t an easy one, you are sending me to war, to fight for working men and women wherever they are in the world, am only your soldier whose actions will always come from you, the commanders and I will never let you down, I will stand for your interests and put up my life for you always!’.
The 4th Congress has been going on since Sunday 2nd December 2018 when it was opened by the Prime Minister of Denmark and drew the largest number of delegates ever.
The ITUC remains the largest trade union organization in the world with a membership of over 207,000,000 workers drawn from all over the world and has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
The Congress closes later today.