Twenty-three trade union leaders from the Caribbean travelled to Beijing China from August 19th to 29th 2013, to participate in a seminar of China – Caribbean Trade Union Leaders, which was held under the theme, ‘Social Security and the Role of Trade Unions.’ The seminar was hosted by the All- China Federation of Trade Union.
The Barbados representatives were Dennis de Peiza, General Secretary, Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados and Walter Maloney, President, National Union of Public Workers.
The other islands represented were Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.
The purpose of the visit was to enhance understandings between the Chinese and Caribbean trade union leaders, as they seek to respond to the emerging global challenges.
Among the topics discussed between the Chinese and Caribbean trade union leaders were, ‘Achievements and challenges in building a Social Security System in China’, ‘Commercial Trade and Co-operation between China and Caribbean Countries’, and ‘Trade unions participation in building Social Security System and Assistance to workers in need.’
Coming out of the discussions, the understanding was reached that Caribbean trade unions would endeavor to protect the rights of migrant Chinese workers who come to work in the region.
Further, that the All China – Federation of Trade Unions will continue to work with Caribbean trade union leaders towards developing areas of co-operation.