We the undersigned, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the Trade Union International of Energy Trade Unions (TUI Energy) and the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), express our fraternal greetings to you as well as to all the members of the organization you proudly represent.
We are happy to invite your organization to participate in the International Trade Union Congress of Energy Industry Workers to be held in the city of Trivandrum, state of Kerala, India, on September 11 and 12, 2018.
The TUI Energy represents workers in the entire range of Energy Industries such as oil, gas, electricity, nuclear energy, coal mining (Stone Charcoal), chemical, rubber, plastics processing, pharmaceutical industry, Petrochemical, water and other related services.
This congress has special significance because it takes place within the context of a deep global economic systemic crisis. This crisis is the direct result of the capitalist system which has generated many other crises such as Energy crisis, food crisis, environmental crisis, moral crisis. It has also generated wars and invasions promoted by the governments of the United States and its European Union allies against sovereign countries in order to acquire control of these countries’ precious resources.
The working class suffers the consequences of these crises, especially in countries pursuing neo-liberal policies. They are facing massive layoffs and widespread unemployment as well as the cut of their wages and other social security benefit. At the same time, the transnational corporations of energy are the great beneficiaries to the detriment of the Third World countries that have Petroleum, gas and mine reserves.
The aggressions and interference of US imperialism and its allies of the European Union against Venezuela, the antagonisms in the Arctic, the instability in Nigeria and other countries, the developments in the Persian Gulf and Ukraine as well as what is happening today with the terrorist actions against the people of Syria reconfirm that wars are being waged in order to control new markets, to increase the profits and to capture the oil assets. As the profits of energy transnationals increase, wages and working conditions of workers in the energy sector are worsening. This is capitalism. In such a challenging situation, workingclass movement in Energy Sector is are obliged to play a leading role in militant struggle to save energy industry and the workers of the industry.
This is the reason for the importance of this Congress in India, a country of strategic importance in the energy sector.
The Congress will debate on:
– The anti-people, anti-worker role of energy transnational corporations and the agenda of the imperialist blocs
– The role of the trade union movement in defense of its rights, social and labor achievements as well as the struggle for the defense of natural and strategic resources such as Hydrocarbon, Electricity, Coal Mines and others and in defense of trade union rights and right to free universal health & social security for all citizens.
– The fight against the privatizations of the strategic sectors and the struggle for the renationalization of the same sectors.
– The struggle against social dumping and the competition between workers.
– Greater coordination among militant unions in the struggle of the workers against the anti-labor and anti-union policies that the energy transnational corporations and servile governments promote.
– The Action Plan that the Congress must adopt.
1- Each organization can nominate TWO (2) delegates;
2- Cost of air tickets will be paid by their respective organizations.
3- The host organization will take care of domestic transport, Economy Dormitory Accommodation and food during the days of the congress, as well as of the infrastructure and logistics of the Congress. There will be simultaneous translation in various languages.
− The delegates should arrive on Trivandrum International Airport on September 10 and depart on September 12 night or 13th September at the latest.
− Any colleague who may require a visa must send the attached Registration Form duly filled in English 60 days in advance to the host organization (CITU) to send him/her by name invitation letter with Passport No.
Each delegation will be able to participate by taking the floor with an intervention of 10 minutes (a written speech is recommended).
COMMUNICATION and REGISTRATION
Organizations can communicate and register using the following e-mails:
[email protected] and [email protected]
FOR THE VICTORY OF THE ENERGY WORKERS’ FIGHT!