Advancing Together - UNI celebrates the CCOO congress

Advancing Together - UNI celebrates the CCOO congress

Celebrating CCOOs courage and determination to fight for workers’ rights in an ever-changing world

UNI Global’s Head of UNI Finance Angelo Di Cristo, and Senior Advisor Digitalisation, Christina Colclough addressed the 11th congress of our Spanish affiliate CCOO and celebrated the union for its courage and determination to fight for workers’ rights in an ever-changing world.

Di Cristo speaking in Spanish, spoke of the troublesome times facing workers and unions. As the new political and technological scenarios confront us, De Cristo stressed that we need to be proactive and organise to ensure that social rights are effectively protected and extended to all workers. He continued:

“For UNI it is important to defend the principle of negotiation through a genuine social dialogue and a proper collective bargaining process. We must improve the solidarity between trade unions across borders. We must extend our solidarity into countries where trade unions are in a weaker position, struggling against continuous attacks from the employers and/or governments. Every workers must have the fundamental right to join a trade union without retaliation.”

We must improve the solidarity between trade unions across borders. We must extend our solidarity into countries where trade unions are in a weaker position, struggling against continuous attacks from the employers and/or governments

Angelo Di Cristo, Head of UNI Finance

Di Cristo wrapped up his speech urging the congress delegates to think out of the box and in the digital world find new ways to combat inequality and social injustice. All workers have a right to equality, decent work and fair pay.

Christina Colclough picked up on this in her speech dedicated to the topic of the future of work. Speaking in a panel with Xosé Carlos Arias, José Moisés Martín and Ignacio Muro, Colclough stressed that denying digital change and doing nothing, is not only foolish, it would be devastating for the future generations.

Colclough agreed that the world of AI, robotics, algorithms is a big one. A complex one. Both exciting and slightly scary. She asked the congress to consider what future we want, and dared them to think about the scenario where machines one day will become smarter than humans. Fulfilling their own interests at the expense of us humans. What jobs, she asked, will be left to do and by whom?

Colclough moved on to urge the congress to join UNIs voice:

“UNI is breaking through be it in the ILO, the EU, the WTO, the OECD, the WEF. We are speaking to ministers and global companies. And now we need you and your voice to go all the way.
Here are three core demands.
1. We must demand that all workers, in all forms of employment, have the same social and fundamental rights.
2. We must demand that all workers in all forms of employment have the right to and access to continuous training.
3. We must demand that companies pay their taxes and social contributions. Tax avoidance and a smart shuffling of money to offshore accounts might not be illegal but it is immoral, unacceptable and, excuse me, simply pathetic”.

UNI wishes to thank CCOO for a wonderful congress, a warm welcome and the opportunity to address the delegates.

Angelo and Christina

We look forward to our continued cooperation and Making it Happen – together.