Argentina President Cristina Elizabet Fernández de KIRCHNER: Decent work essential

Argentina President Cristina Elizabet Fernández de Kirchner, on route to the G20 (and the G8 in Muskoka), and the security-fenced/walled off city of Toronto, spoke at the second World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in Vancouver yesterday. Gordon Campbell didn’t.


“During the Argentinian crisis, my obsession was to protect and create jobs” said Kirchner, to the warm applause of delegates. “The G20 and European countries now facing draconian economic recovery measures should remember the example of Argentina” she added.

Speaking of the current crisis, the Argentinian President echoed the view of the trade union movement: “the workers weren’t invited to the party, but now they have to pay the bill”. Kirchner was on a brief visit to Vancouver on her way to the G8 and G20 meetings in Ontario. Many trade union leaders will also take part in the G8 and G20 meetings to press for far-reaching reforms and the regulation of the financial sector. “We need in-depth reform of the unrestrained capital movements that were one of the principal causes of the crisis we face today” said Kirchner. “And we need to totally rethink the structure of the multilateral institutions [WTO, IMF etc] that are now managing the consequences of the crisis.”

Ah, the complexities of managing this inconceivable world. Lots of love to you,



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