A high-level meeting between the ICATU leadership and WFTU Secretariat was hosted on May 17th, 2013 at the Central Offices of the WFTU in Athens, Greece.
Brother Rajab Maatoug, General Secretary of the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions (I​​CATU) met with the WFTU General Secretary, George Mavrikos, the Deputy General Secretary Valentin Pacho, Gilda Chacon from CTC Cuba and Arab Relations Consultant, Mohammed Iqnaibi in a highly fraternal spirit.
ICATU and WFTU discussed on the developments in the Arab World and internationally, the role of the two organizations and their strong cooperation. A rich programme of common activities in the arab world and other regions was concluded.
In his statement the ICATU General Secretary noted: “I am very glad for this visit and to meet the General Secretary of the WFTU. The aim of this visit was to exchange the views about the Trade Union Movement around the world and the challenges which the workers are facing during this time. Also we exchanged the views about the situation in the Arab region after what happened recently”.
The General Secretary of the WFTU underlined that “historically WFTU and ICATU have brotherly relations. Today they are becoming stronger and stronger. We support ICATU and its leadership who are facing attacks from ITUC. The aim of ITUC is to split the arab trade unions and to destroy ICATU” and he emphasized that: “we are on the side of the Arab people. On the side of the Palestinian people, of the Syrian People, of the Lebanese people, the people of Libya and Iraq. We demand the imperialist interventions to stop immediately.”
The Gerenal Secretary of the WFTU, George Mavrikos called “the members and friends of the WFTU to work closely with ICATU and its leadership”.