Nobel Prize winner Abassi issues call for global solidarity to UNI World Congress

20 June 2018 -- tom.myers.478

Houcine Abassi, former secretary general of the Union Generale des Travailleurs Tunisiens (UGTT), brought a message of hope and solidarity to the UNI World Congress in Liverpool. Houcine Abassi’s tireless work as part of the National Dialogue Quartet helped save Tunisia from civil war.

In October 2015, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet - which comprised members of the UGTT, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers - won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Hillsborough campaign’s warrior women receive Freedom from Fear Award

20 June 2018 -- UNI.Europa.2017

At the UNI World Congress in Liverpool, activists who campaigned for justice following the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, were presented with the Freedom from Fear Award.

Represented by Gillian Edwards and Sheila Coleman, there was a standing ovation to recognise the unwavering support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Hillsborough Justice Campaign and, posthumously, the late Anne Williams to win justice for the victims, their families and survivors of the disaster.

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Basketball and anti-racism pioneer Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir receives Freedom from Fear Award

20 June 2018 -- UNI.Europa.2017

At the UNI World Congress in Liverpool, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, an American professional basketball player, received a Freedom from Fear Award for her long campaign to allow women to wear hijabs. After a three year ban from playing, Abdul-Qaadir succeeded in overturning the International Basketball Federation’s widely condemned ban on wearing a hijab during games.

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Guy Ryder urges trade unions to mobilise to shape the future world of work

19 June 2018 -- tom.myers.478

In the session on the Future World of Work at the UNI World Congress, Director General of the International Labour Organisation Guy Ryder told trade union delegates that they were fundamental in tackling the issues arising from digitalization and artificial intelligence. The world is undergoing an intense period of transformative revolution, with the world of work changing at a hitherto unprecedented pace.

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Sharan Burrow at UNI World Congress: “We will fight and we will win!”

19 June 2018 -- tom.myers.478

At the UNI World Congress in Liverpool, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation welcomed in a new era for UNI Global Union after the election of Christy Hoffman as General Secretary. Burrow also paid tribute to the legacy of outgoing General Secretary Philip Jennings.

“UNI is definitely making it happen,” said Burrow. “Christy is a great choice as General Secretary. She has organising in her veins – a great strategist and a great fighter. Christy is a sister, a friend ,and we will stand alongside her 100 %.”

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