Atwoli Re-elected Vice President Of International Trade Union Confederation

    Francis Atwoli, Secretary General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), has been re-elected for a fourth term as Vice President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

    Atwoli’s name was proposed on the floor of the over 2000 delegates attending the ongoing 5th Congress in Melbourne, Australia and unanimously approved hence granting him another four-year term in the leadership of the ITUC.

    The ITUC remains the largest trade union organization in the world with a membership of over 200M drawn from 163 Countries and has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

    “The position you have just bestowed on me this morning isn’t an easy one. You are sending me to fight for working men and women wherever they are in the world. I will never let you down. I will stand for your interests and put up my life for you always,” Atwoli said.

    Atwoli further assured the new General Secretary of the support from COTU (Kenya) in ensuring he delivers on his vision.

    Earlier on during the ongoing congress, the Kenyan trade unionist was elected, unopposed, to the Seven-Member Credentials Committee.

    The Credentials Committee is an important Committee, within the architecture of the ITUC, that determines who qualifies as a delegate of the ITUC to participate in the elections of the ITUC.

    It also reports on the composition of the various delegations per country as well as the extent of their individual voting power.

    He was also elected, unopposed, as a titular member of the General Council of the ITUC to represent the Eastern Africa Region after he was proposed by a delegate from Tanzania and seconded unopposed by his colleagues in the region including by trade union leaders from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, and Mauritius among others.

    Others elected during the hotly contested ITUC elections were the new Confederation’s General Secretary Luca Vasentini from Italy who garnered a total of 65M votes beating his main challenger Kemal Ozkan from Turkey who got 23M votes represented by the 2000 plus delegates who attended the Congress.