Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 06, 2010 11:21 ET

Media Advisory: Ryder, Georgetti in Vancouver to Plan for World Labour Congress

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) - Guy Ryder, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti will meet this week to plan for an ITUC World Congress to be held in Vancouver on June 21-25. Ryder and Georgetti will be available for comments to the media on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9.

The ITUC is the world's largest trade union body with a membership of 175 million workers in 155 countries. More than 900 participants from ITUC affiliates worldwide are expected to attend the Congress. They will deal with issues related to labour's demands for restructuring and reform of the global economy with an emphasis on workers' rights, migrant workers, climate change and HIV-AIDS.

Speakers and panelists expected at the Congress include Juan Somavia, director general of the International Labour Organization, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Pascal Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organization, and Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

A number of labour leaders involved in the June 2010 ITUC Congress will also participate at meetings with G8 and G20 political leaders in Ontario immediately following the ITUC event.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Website:

Contact Information

  • CLC Pacific regional office
    Ron Stipp