African Trade Unionists from 32 countries began the first-all pan-African Labour Conference in Addis Ababa on Friday (6 April).
GV Addis Ababa Africa Hall (EXT)
MV Chinese arrive
MV Delegates in National dress
STV PAN Other delegates arriving
MV Chinese & other delegates walking
GV INT. Delegates
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Opening address by Mr. Ameds
SV PAN (L to R) delegates from Somalia empty seat Sierra Leona, Senegal, Nigeria, Niger
CU ZOOM OUT TO MV Delegate from Upper Volta
CU ZOOM OUT TO SCU Mr. Kamanda OAU Sec. Gen speaks
SV PAN Mauritius & Niger delegates
MV ZOOM INTO SV Ivory Coast delegate
MV PAN (L to R) Ethiopian, Chad & Central African Republic delegates
CU ZOOM TO MV Gambian delegate
MV Uganda & Tunisia delegates
SV Mr. Voggi speaks (4 shots)
SV Zaire delegate applauds
GV PAN ITN. Delegates seated
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Background: African Trade Unionists from 32 countries began the first-all pan-African Labour Conference in Addis Ababa on Friday (6 April).
The meeting, which will last until April 14th, was opened by Mr. Michael Amade, Ethiopian Vice-Minister for National Community - Development and Social Affairs. His address was followed by one from Mr. K.W. Kamada, Assistant Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
Much of the first day of the conference was taken up with the election of officials. Ethiopia's Mr. Fissehe Tokis was elected chairmen, Mr. Kikongidi Mwinsa of Zaire and Mr. Joseph Coffie of the Ivory Coast Vice-Chairman, and Mr. M.E. Jellow of Gambia and Mr. J.O. Akuma of Kenya as Secretaries.
In his opening address, Mr. Tekis said: "Our objective of creating a strong, united Union Movement - which I believe is dear to everyone of us here but very regrettably has eluded us for many years -- will be realised here and now."
SYNOPSIS: At Addis Ababa's Africa Hall in Ethiopia on Friday, delegates arrived to take part in the first-ever Pan-African Labour Conference. Observers from The People's Republic of China were there, mixing with Trade Union delegates from thirty-two African countries.
The meeting was organised and sponsored by the Organisation of African Unity in an attempt to tie African Trade Union movements together. It was the first time that representatives of all the African Trade Unions had gathered together under one roof.
The conference was opened by Mr. Michael Amade, Ethiopian Vice-Minister for National Community Development and Social Affairs.he welcomed to his country -- venue for many pan-African conferences -the Union delegates and international observers. He welcomed also the Organisation of African Unity representatives who had, he said, done so much to make the meeting possible. He noted also that it was an impressive gathering -- many delegates had travelled thousands of miles to represent their Trade Unions at the conference.
The next speaker was Mr. K.W. Kamanda, Assistant Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity Speaking on behalf of his Secretary-General, Mr. Kamanda took the opportunity to review the efforts of the OAU over the last ten years. Between the Organisation's founding and its tenth anniversary next month, it has helped to found more than seven Pan-African groups. The Pan-African Youth Movement, the Association of African Universities, and the All-African Trade Fair were now all flourishing. How, asked Mr. Kamanda, could the trade unions and workers of Africa stay outside all this developing unity? They too must have an Organisation to coordinate their efforts.
The speech was answered by Mr. Joseph Voggi, Ivory Coast representative of the powerful African Trade Union Confederation. Together with the All Africa Trade Union Federation, the Confederation is one of the largest existing African Union groups. All their members and affiliated unions are attending the conference.
The remainder of the first day of the fourteen-day meeting was spent in electing Conference officials.