Month: November 2015

Elizabeth Alves Perez and Luis Primo from Venezuela

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VenezuelaWe are pleased to announce two special guest speakers from Venezuela – Elizabeth Alves Perez and Luis Primo – will be speaking at Latin America 2015 – Adelante! conference.

 

Elizabeth Alves Pérez

Elizabeth has been a leading university professor and social researcher on issues regarding Latin America, firstly in Venezuela and now at the Complutense University of Madrid, completing a thesis on The Post Neo-liberal Agenda and De-colonisation in Latin America.

She was the General Secretary of the newly founded Bolivarian University of Venezuela in 2002-2003, which extended education to adults and working people, and was previously a local councillor and President of the Venezuelan Teachers Union UNEXPO Guiana.

Luis Primo

Luis Primo was a Metro de Caracas worker for over 30 years, and is former General Secretary of the Transport Workers Union of Metro de Caracas. He is also active in the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV.)

He was a founding member of Venezuela’s progressive TUC equivalent and advised the Ministry of Labour on issues of worker participation in factories and led training programmes in this area of nationalised industries extended to more than 5000 workers. Today, he remains a national spokesperson for the national movement for workers ‘control.

Latin America 2015 – Adelante! conference
Saturday 28th November 2015
TUC Congress House
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Alborada film festival at Latin America – Adelante!

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alborada film festivalAlborada will once again be joining us at Latin America – Adelante – to bring their Latin America focused documentaries covering politics, media and culture.

Some of the documentaries they have produced include Inside the Revolution: A Journey to the Heart of Latin America, The Colombia Connection, and Chile’s Student Uprising.

They will also be screening their latest production Hip Hop Revolucion.

 

Latin America 2015 – Adelante! conference
Saturday 28th November 2015
TUC Congress House
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Noe Ramirez, Guatemalan trade unionist

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Tropical Fruit WorkersLatin America – Adelante Conference 2015 is an opportunity to hear directly about the struggle of the Guatemalan banana workers union.

Noé Ramirez Portela is General Secretary of the Izabal Banana Workers’ Union of Guatemala (SITRABI) which is the oldest private sector union in Guatemala. SITRABI represents over 4000 members in Del Monte and in Del Monte supplier farms on Guatemala’s Caribbean coast, and has good relations with other local unions in other multinational and national plantations.

Noé was elected General Secretary of SITRABI in 2000, shortly after the union’s Executive Committee was forced at gun point to resign their posts and call off strike action over contract violations. Guatemala is the second most dangerous Latin American country in which to be a trade unionist, and SITRABI has been devastated by a series of assassinations since Noé’s brother was killed in 2007. Since then, nine members of SITRABI have been murdered. None of the murders have been properly investigated by the authorities.

Despite this, SITRABI has been successful in managing to maintain collective bargaining and workers have managed to secure many of the elements of ‘Decent Work’.

Noé’s visit is being co-ordinated by the TUC and by Banana Link which works towards fair and sustainable tropical fruit trade and production in partnership with plantation worker unions and small farmer organisations in Latin America, Africa and Cameroon.

The TUC currently funds a project to support the organising and training of SITRABI members and representatives. Noe’s visit has been funded by Unite, UNISON, GMB, UCU and Aslef.

 

Latin America 2015 – Adelante! conference
Saturday 28th November 2015
TUC Congress House
Book your tickets here