A delegation of UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU local union presidents along with local and International staff from the United States and Canada is attending the 4th UNI World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa from December 7-10.
The UFCW delegation, led by International President Joe Hansen, was recognized by the UNI World Congress for the leadership and commitment the UFCW has demonstrated in the fight to raise standards at the world’s largest retailer through the Making Change at Walmart campaign.
Alongside Walmart workers and unions from Argentina, Brazil, India, and South Africa in the Walmart Global Alliance, UFCW Executive Vice President and Director of Organizing Pat O’Neill, who is also the President of UNI Commerce, spoke about the achievements of Walmart workers worldwide, including the victories on hours, scheduling, and pregnancy policy won by OUR Walmart members in the United States.
The UNI World Congress, held every four years, is the most important forum for the UNI affiliates who represent more than 20 million workers worldwide. During the World Congress, UNI affiliates discuss the challenges faced by workers around the world and devise strategies to promote growth through breakthrough organizing models.
The UNI Women’s Conference was held on December 4-5 and preceded the 4th UNI World Congress. UFCW women delegates along with women hailing from unions across the globe participated in the Women’s Conference to discuss and propos resolutions on equal pay, violence against women, and women’s health among other issues.