15 Aug 2009

Latin American Workers Association AGM

I am very pleased to have been asked to open the AGM of the Latin American Workers Association.

Latin American Workers' Association (LAWAS) Annual General Meeting ('Asamblea'

Saturday August 15 at 4pm in SOAS, University of London.

They are an organisation that has been very involved in the campaign for proper paper for cleaners including the university cleaners in London.

'The last two years our campaigns have been featured a lot in the Morning Star and other left media, around immigration raids and workers rights at places like National Physical Laboratory, Willis/Mitie, Schroders/Lancaster, and of course fighting for papers for all. We also do casework and educational activities.'

Green Party members including our GLA representatives Jenny Jones and Darren Johnson have supported their campaigns, SOAS was occupied in the summer as part of their campaign.

In a globalised world organisation such as LAWAS are vital to fighting low pay and poor working conditions.

I am also very conscious of the way in which Latin American workers in countries like Peru have supported the indigenous fighting for their rights and ecology.

British socialist, greens and trade unionists can all learn from the work of organisations like LAWAS,

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