ITF unions in HIV/AIDS agreement victory

Health and Safety, HR, ITF — By on April 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

ITF aids campaign1 April 2014 – ITF docker affiliates in central America have used ITF materials to help win protection from HIV/AIDS discrimination at work.

Guatemala’s Sindicato de Trabajadores Unidos de Empornac (SITRUEMPORNAC) and Costa Rica’s Sindicatode Trabajadores de la Junta Administrativa Portuaria JAPDEVA y Afines Portuarios (SINTRAJAP) used the HIV/AIDS dockers’ resource pack to negotiate anti-discriminatory HIV/AIDS clauses in their agreements. A further three unions in the region are about to sign agreements with HIV/AIDS clauses.

Their successes were highlighted during the Central America HIV seminar for dockers’ unions in Panama city, which took place from March 24-28. Twenty-one participants from 10 unions learned more about negotiating HIV/AIDS related clauses, and how they could use HIV/AIDS related activities to organise unorganised workers.

Participants also joined ITF Panamanian affiliates in a demonstration in support of embattled Honduran dockers’ union leader Victor Crespo at the Honduran embassy.

Lidia Amarilis Morales Garcia from SITRUEMPORNAC was one of the participants. She said: “We took part in ITF’s HIV for ports and port workers survey in 2011, and since then we’ve been doing HIV/AIDS activities with our members. The resource pack for port workers has really helped us to build our capacity, and helped us to negotiate a clause in our agreement that no worker can be discriminated against because of their HIV status. We’ll continue to work to fight HIV/AIDS stigma in the workplace, with the support of the ITF!”

Paula Hamilton, ITF dockers’ section assistant secretary, also attended the meeting. She remarked that the resource pack is a valuable tool for affiliates, particularly in organising. She congratulated those unions who have already secured HIV/AIDS clauses, and praised the three unions currently in negotiations.

Download the ITF HIV/AIDS toolkit for port workers from the ITF website (Eng/Spa)

Find out more about the Victor Crespo campaign on our website



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