- Atwoli was re-elected vice president of International Trade Union Confederation for the third term
- ITUC has a membership of 207 million workers across the world
- The veteran trade unionist's name was proposed during a gathering of over 3,000 delegates
- He received a major backing from colleagues from Somalia, Rwanda, Uganda and will serve his third four-year term as East Africa region representative
- Atwoli is secretary general COTU and vice president International Labour Organisation
- The unionist who is also president of Organization of African Trade Union Unity said he would diligently represent workers
The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli has been re-elected for the third consecutive term as vice-president of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
Atwoli, a veteran unionist in Kenya, was proposed by majority members and leaders of ITUC in Denmark in a congress which commenced on Sunday, December 2.
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COTU boss Francis Atwoli was re-elected for the third consecutive term as International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) vice president. Photo: Nation
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In a report by Daily Nation seen by TUKO.co.ke on Friday, December 7, Atwoli's name was proposed in a gathering of over 3,000 delegates and was backed by colleagues from Rwanda Somalia, Burundi and Uganda.
The 3,000 delegates unanimously approved the proposal giving Atwoli a third consecutive four-year-term as vice president ITUC and representative of the East African region.
"The position you have unanimously endorsed me to serve in is not an easy one. It's like sending me to war to fight for rights of our workers across the world. I will fight as your only soldier and you will be my commanders," said Atwoli in his acceptance speech.
He said he would put up his life for the welfare of workers across the world.
Francis Atwoli is COTU's secretary general, vice president International Labour Organisation (ILO) and president Organization of African Trade Union Unity. Photo:UGC
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Atwoli has served as a trade unionist for over 50 years with his experience and unmatched ferocity in standing up for the workers' rights spurring him to influential labour rights' positions.
Currently, he is not only COTU's secretary general but also vice president of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and president of the Organization of African Trade Union Unity which has its base in Accra, Ghana.
His re-election means Atwoli will be the vice president of the world's largest trade union organisation which has over 207 million workers globally.
The ITUC has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
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