The global campaign aims to eradicate the mining and use of asbestos (chrysotile).

The Southern Initiative Globalization Trade Union Rights congress (SIGTUR) discussed and debated the need to join the global campaign for an asbestos-free world. 

Glenn Thompson, AMWU Assistant National Secretary an affiliate representative of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), said” The global campaign aims to eradicate the mining and use of asbestos (chrysotile). Tens of thousands of workers, their families and the community are affected by this killer material every year. 

The time to put a permeant ban on the use of asbestos is “NOW”.

Asbestos is used frequently in the manufacturing of many products manufactured in those countries not signatory to the treaty. A global ban is critical to ensure we rid asbestos from the global supply chain. 

Opening SIGTUR 11th Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 3rd 2018.
Trade union’s leaders representing above 200 million workers of the world opened yesterday SIGTUR 11th Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Central of Argentinian Workers (CTA) hosts this international meeting which has got as its main topic the discussion on the future of work and alternatives organized workers are capable to offer against contemporary Neo-liberalism.
The opening session started with the screening of a welcoming video from the CTA in which Argentinian comrades summarized their local fights against Neo-liberal policies in the last year.
The International General Secretary, Adolfo “Fito” Aguirre welcomed the auditorium and said “it is the first time a SIGTUR Congress is host in Argentina, so we are grateful and hope within the next two working days we can develop a fight plan with incidence along the world”.
The opening of the Congress also counted with welcoming words from each delegation and the speech of two invited representatives: Víctor Báez, General Secretary of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), and Joao Felicio, President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). 
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