Speech by Mr. Owei Lakemfa, OATUU Secretary General

Article 23 of the Declaration states that:

(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Comrades, we gathered here, can build a better world by directing the   collective powers of the Labour Movement towards achieving the above goals  which all humanity has ascribed to. One of the major tasks we therefore have is to unite and redirect the International Labour Movement  towards achieving these basic goals of humanity that will guarantee worldwide development and ensure that  the dreams of an egalitarian and  peaceful  world come to pass.

The War Against Ebola

Brothers and sisters, we cannot end this presentation without addressing the war against the Ebola Virus Disease ravaging three countries in Africa; Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. These countries need the assistance of the world to contain and defeat the disease and to rebuild their economies which are now in shambles. We trade unionists need to impress it on our governments to be part of this war  as no part of the world can be immune from it were it allowed to overrun those countries whose peoples and government stand courageously in the battlefield.
We are also appreciative of the heroic struggles of health workers who are on the frontline of the war against Ebola; our hearts go out to them and those  we have lost in the Ebola War.

Insecurity In The World

African workers condemn the periodic ritual of mass slaughter in the Palestine especially of unarmed women, children, the elderly and the sick in conflicts in which over 90 per cent of the Palestinian casualties are defenseless civilians. The solution remains a two-state solution  where Israelis and Palestinians have guaranteed and secured  homelands, with a shared Jerusalem and a shared commitment to social justice.

Today, the world is more than ever, endangered by the rise of terrorist organizations committing crimes against humanity in countries like Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and Libya.  Humanity needs to meet this serious challenge by uniting to defeat terrorism and extremism wherever it raises its head.

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  Source: ACFTU  2014-09-26

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