Green Left Weekly on Nezavisnost

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Tue Oct 31 12:54:35 MST 2000


GLW:
A key working class force both in ensuring the electoral ouster of
Milosevic and in now keeping the mobilisations on guard against the new
regime is the 200,000 member independent trade union federation
Nezavisnost, which last year vigorously condemned the barbarism of both
NATO and the Belgrade regime. Its May Day 2000 message revealed its working
class politics went beyond "factory politics" but extended to strong
internationalist opposition to the Serbian nationalism which the rule of
both Milosevic and Kostunica is based on.

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FROM THE NEZAVISNOST WEBSITE:

Main goals
--Restoration of the rule of law
--Constitutional and legal protection of human and union rights
--Democratic labour laws harmonised with international standards
--Genuine multiparty parliamentary democracy
--Comprehensive and radical economic reforms based on privatisation,
economic efficiency and social justice

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Some Links:

--International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU)  (see additional
info at bottom)
--American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
(AFL-CIO)
--Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (see additional info at bottom)

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VISIT OF THE DELEGATION OF THE NEZAVISNOST TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION AND
PARTNERSHIP FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE TO THE United States of America ON THE
INVITATION OF THE "SOLITARY [sic] CENTER AFL - CIO

/16- 30 JULY 2000./

1. Meeting with the AFL-CIO President Jon Sweeney and Phil Fishman,
Assistant Director of the International Department.
2. George Meany training center of the American unions.
3. Seminar in George Meany center.
4. Work in small groups. 5. Members of the delegation with American
colleagues after receiving certificates.
6. Elise, Nada, Pepe and Zoran, singing "De Colores", anthem of the
participants.
7. Nebojsa and Elise singing "Milkina kuca na kraju". Our American friends
learned to sing this Serbian folk song.
8. Entertainment in the George Meany Center club.
9. Visit to union colleagues from Baltimore.
10. Visit to "Baltimore Sun" daily
11. Coctail party at Anca Hassing s home given in honor of our delegation.
12. President of UGS "Nezavisnost" Branislav Canak hands the Nezavisnost
banner to the AFL-CIO president Jon Sweeney.

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Nezavisnost is member of the European Forum of the European Trade Union
Confederation and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION (Not from Nezavisnost website)

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

July 30, 1999

FACT SHEET ON STABILITY PACT FOR SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE

Today President Clinton joined over forty leaders from across Europe and
North America in reaffirming our shared commitment to support the
reconstruction, development, democratization, stabilization and integration
of southeast Europe, in the wake of victory in Kosovo, by formally
launching the Stability Pact.

The Stability Pact, signed last month by representatives of over 27
democracies, including the United States, is an initiative to prevent
regional crises such as the Kosovo conflict from repeating in the future.
It seeks to help build a Southeast Europe animated by cooperation and
democracy rather than further conflict and ethnic cleansing. Its goal is to
stabilize, transform and eventually integrate the region into the European
and transatlantic mainstream.

It reflects a vision, shared by our European friends and allies, that the
President articulated in San Francisco on April 15, to "do for Southeast
Europe what we helped to do for Western Europe after World War II, and for
Central Europe after the Cold War: to help its people build a region of
multiethnic democracies, a community that upholds common standards of human
rights, a community in which borders are open to people and trade, where
nations cooperate to make war unthinkable."

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The Washington Post
February 12, 1989, Sunday, Final Edition

OBITUARIES

Irving Brown, AFL-CIO Official, Dies

Irving Brown, 77, a senior adviser to AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland who
also had served the labor federation as its director of international
affairs from 1982 to 1986, died of cancer Feb. 10 at his home in Paris.

"We have lost a giant," Kirkland said. "No other individual did more than
Irving to protect and advance workers' rights in every nation around the
world."

Mr. Brown was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in October by
then-President Reagan for his work in leading the resistance to communist
takeovers of trade unions in Western Europe after World War II.

During World War II, he served as a labor representative to the War
Production Board. After the war, he represented the AFL and the CIO with
the Foreign Economic Administration.

As the U.S. labor movement's emissary to Europe after the war, Mr. Brown
was instrumental in rallying support among unions there for the Marshall
Plan.

In 1950, he helped found the INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE
UNIONS, which broke with the communist-dominated World Federation of Trade
Unions.

Much of his work in Europe in the 1950s and 1960s focused on preventing
communist takeovers of labor organizations. During those years, he was
denounced by communist groups as a tool of the State Department and the
Central Intelligence Agency. At the same time, he was attacked by right
wing groups in the United States as a communist sympathizer.

Over the years, he made a number of secret visits to Warsaw Pact countries,
meeting with labor leaders. He also helped arrange for radio broadcasts to
Iron Curtain countries by exiled labor leaders.


Louis Proyect
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