Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 5th UNI Americas Conference will have two moments: a virtual meeting on December 3 and 4, to comply with the statutes of our organization, and a political moment where we will meet in person once the health and economic crisis is over, and without the restrictions that we have today.
Under the theme "Defend our rights, build our future!" the Conference will be organized around four main sessions:
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS FOR UNION GROWTH: UNI AMERICAS BREAKING THROUGH, 2020-2024 STRATEGIC PLAN.
UNI Americas breaking through. The Plan adopted by the Fourth Regional Conference in Medellin, in 2016, was the mainstay for the development of dynamic, inclusive and aligned work with UNI and all its sectors. In this session we will adopt the guidelines for the 2020-2024 Work Plan and examine: How to continue with the organizing process in global and regional companies, the social responsibility of companies, support for organizing campaigns and capacity development, the strengthening of collective bargaining, how to continue growing our unions and building union unity.
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS, DEMOCRACIES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE CONTINENT.
Our continent is going through one of the worst times in its history, with the increase in violence, xenophobia, racism and the systematic attack on human rights, in full democracy. As one of the most organized forces, the trade union movement has to address this problem, and our affiliates are demonstrating a lot of commitment towards working together to overcome these difficult times. Sustainability is not possible without full respect for democracy and human rights, in its broadest sense: the right to work, freedom of association, collective bargaining, the right to plurality of voices, the right to diversity, the right to a healthy environment, among others.
In this session we will address the work of the unions for a more democratic, equal and respectful world order of human and environmental rights; the defense of the right to strike, for Peace, and against the criminalization of social and trade union movements, in defense of regional and sub regional integration, and to combat all forms of media manipulation.
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS IN THE NEW ECONOMIES AND NEW WORLD OF WORK.
The digital era has revolutionized and permeated everything we know in a short time. Given the changes and transformations in the world of work, with the technological advances that give excess productivity to companies, we want to discuss the distribution of such productivity, as well as the labor conditions of the new ways of working. What will the jobs of the future be? How are we going to organize the workers? How are we going to protect their rights? This whole process is already having an impact on UNI Americas' sectors, and our challenge together with our affiliates is to continue being relevant both for the workers we represent, and for the workers who are part of a new workforce, with other qualification requirements, and in a labor market that has a tendency towards deregulation.
Labor reforms have contributed not only to an increase in precarious work and no formal labor rights, but also to environment problems by creating more and more "non-green" jobs and without any protection for workers. In this session we will adopt a strategic plan to achieve:
The development of strong and innovative unions.
That Collective bargaining includes an increasing number of workers with new forms of employment.
The guiding principles to ensure that the transition to the new world of work is fair and inclusive for all workers.
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS WITH MORE EQUALITY FOR ALL.
It is a false belief that globalization democratizes. On the contrary, our continent is the most unequal region in the world, where some governments ignore or marginalize the social and human dimension with neoliberal policies, xenophobia and racism. These neoliberal governments, together with the conservative groups, increasingly present and influential in terms of restriction of rights, deny injustice and gender violence and are the ones who systematically attack the LGTBIQ population, feminist movements and sexual diversity. Thus, they continue to deepen inequality and the gender gap. In this session we will address gender equality as a way to build fairer and more sustainable societies, and UNI Americas affiliates will have the opportunity and responsibility to take initiatives and define strategies to ensure inclusion as a fundamental pillar of decent work and its strategic role in the preservation of rights for the LGTBIQ population, afro-descendants and indigenous people. Also, the importance of including youth in union structures and increasing the representation of young people in UNI Americas.