Britain’s largest trade union shows support for Ecuador
04 de Julio de 2014 - 05h31
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Delegates at Unite the Union’s policy conference yesterday voted overwhelmingly to commend Ecuador for its achievements in public services, inclusiveness and economic growth. Since 2007, the Ecuadorian economy has grown by an average of 4% per year, access to quality healthcare and education has been made free, and one million people have been lifted out of poverty.
Unite has 1.42 million members in every type of workplaceacross the country, making it Britain’s largest trade union, and has strong links with other major organisations across the world.
The motion reads:
“Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution – led by President Rafael Correa – is challenging the ideas behind austerity economics, a huge programme of public investment is the motor of Ecuador’s economic growth and its building of a more inclusive society. Four times more is spent on health and education than a decade ago after Ecuador scrapped the illegal debt owed to international financial agencies and devoted this instead to public services.
It is not surprising that there has been a failed right wing coup attempt led by rogue elements in the police that attempted to kill President Correa.
Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador are regional leaders in promoting an alternative to US imposed neo-liberal policies contained within the Free Trade Area of the Americas treaty by the creation of ALBA, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty.
Conference believes that support for progressive Latin America is best channelled through the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign and Friends of Ecuador and calls on the union to continue its supportive work with these solidarity groups.”
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