Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 20, 2005 09:13 ET

Media Advisory: Argentine Labour Lawyer and Activist Ruben Cortinain Toronto for Labour Development Forum

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2005) - Ruben Cortina is Secretary of International Affairs of the Argentine Federation of Commercial and Service Workers (FAECYS) and Advisor to the Secretary General of the Inter-American Regional Workers' Organization (ORIT) on the social dimensions of trade agreements, is in Toronto to attend the Canadian Labour Congress' "On the Road to the Peoples' Summit" Labour Development Forum. At the forum, trade unionists from across Canada will discuss policies in preparation for the Third Peoples' Summit of the Americas coming up November 1-5 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

A lawyer and an academic, Ruben Ever Cortina has authored numerous publications on collective bargaining and the MERCOSUR economic integration process. He has served municipal and national governments. He speaks English.

The upcoming Third Peoples' Summit of the Americas will be the first such meeting since April 2001 in Quebec City, where labour, community and civil society groups had to meet outside a fenced perimeter.

Who: Ruben Ever Cortina, Argentine labour lawyer, trade unionist and academic. Author of numerous publications on the MERCOSUR economic integration process.

What: "On the Road to the Peoples' Summit" Labour Development Forum. - The peoples' alternatives to the moribund negotiations towards a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

When: Ruben Ever Cortina will be available for media interviews upon request today Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2005

Contact: Claire Fishlock, 613-863-8483

Where: Holiday Inn on King
370 King Street West (at Peter Street)
Toronto, Ont.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site:

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