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Publié le mardi 3 octobre 2006

Decision by the CGT on the Founding Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation



The National Committee declares itself in favour of CGT affiliation to the International Trade Union Confederation, and participation in its founding Congress (Vienna, Austria, 1-3 November 2006).

The CGT has been campaigning for the regeneration and unification of the international trade union movement for many years now. The ongoing process of globalisation, which sets workers, regions and economic and social models in permanent competition with one another, makes this requirement all the more urgent.
The CGT declares itself in favour of “an organisation which is open to all and excludes no-one ; one which sets as its objectives the development of solidarity and understanding among peoples, to enable workers worldwide to mobilise in global actions for fundamental social rights, social progress, democracy, peace and cultural diversity, and to put forward alternatives to the ongoing process of globalisation”.
Delegates to the CGT’s 48th National Congress (April 2006) approved by a vast majority, the CGT involvement in the process of construction – launched in 2004 – of a new world trade union organisation, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
The National Committee notes that the draft constitution and the resolution on the programme of action of the new organisation have taken into account contributions made by the CGT.
The suggested policies and principles are in conformity with the objectives and values upheld by the 48th National Congress for the new organisation (decision N°5).
Consequently, and in accordance with the mandate it received from Congress, the National Committee declares itself in favour of CGT affiliation to the International Trade Union Confederation, and participation in its founding Congress (Vienna, Austria, 1-3 November 2006).
This is a decisive stage in the construction of a unified trade union force, after sixty years of division. Through its experience and involvement at all levels, the CGT means to contribute to the success of this organisation.
The National Committee mandates the Executive Commission to ensure the CGT’s involvement in the activities of the international organisation, including in its leading bodies.