Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 20, 2005 09:39 ET

Media Advisory: Brazilian and International Labour Leader Rafael Freire in 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) - Rafael Freire, Secretary for Economic and Political Affairs for the Inter-American Regional Workers' Organization (ORIT) 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.

At ORIT, right now, Rafael Freire is the lead organizer of the Labour Forum at the Peoples' Summit. His labour activism started as leader of the Sao Paulo Secondary School Teachers Union. He joined the executive of the Unitary Workers Central (CUT) of Brazil in 1994 and has been its Director for South American Relations. Recently he was Secretary General of the Southern Cone Union Coordination.

Who: Rafael Freire, Secretary for Economic and Political Affairs of the Inter-American Regional Workers' Organization (ORIT) where he is currently the lead organizer of the Labour Forum at the Peoples' Summit.

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

When: Rafael Freire will be available for media interviews, in Portuguese and Spanish, 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: www.canadianlabour.ca
IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

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