Employment


The participation of workers in the OAS

The Organization of American States promotes the participation of workers in its spaces of dialogue and decision making. Since 1963 the labor organizations, through the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE), the permanent consultative body of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML), have had the opportunity to intervene and influence in the debates on labor issues at the regional level.

In 2007, the Member States decided to elevate this participation to the highest level forums within the Organization, therefore, since 2008 workers participate in forums such as the General Assembly and the Summit of the Americas as you can read below.

Within the framework of the IACML, COSATE provides technical advice to the IACML on the planning and execution of programs that have special significance for workers and involve their participation in development activities at both the national and the international level. It is composed by one representative of labor organizations of each of the Member States of the OAS, and currently its Chair is Luis Alejandro Pedraza, President of the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Colombia (CUT), elected at the XVIII IACML held in Medellin, Colombia, in November 2013.

  • DIALOGUE OF THE HEADS OF DELEGATION AND THE SECRETARY GENERAL  WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WORKERS, PRIVATE SECTOR AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE XLIII GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE OAS
    La Antigua, Guatemala - June 4, 2013
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  • DIALOGUE OF THE HEADS OF DELEGATION AND THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE OAS WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WORKERS, PRIVATE SECTOR AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE XLII GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE OAS
    Cochabamba, Bolivia - June 3, 2012
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  • WORKERS FORUM AND DIALOGUE WITH HEADS OF DELEGATION IN THE SIXTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS
    Cartagena, Colombia–April 12 and 13, 2012
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  • Dialogue among the Secretary General, the Heads of Delegation and the Workers Representatives within the framework of the XLI General Assembly of the OAS
    San Salvador, El Salvador, June 5, 2011
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  • DIALOGUE BETWEEN HEADS OF DELEGATION AND WORKERS REPRESENTATIVES  FROM MEMBER STATES - XL REGULAR SESSION OF THE OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
    Lima, Perú - June 6, 2010
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  • DIALOGUE OF HEADS OF DELEGATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WORKERS IN THE OAS MEMBER STATES - 39 REGULAR SESSION OF THE OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras - June 1, 2009
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  • DIALOGUE OF WORKERS' REPRESENTATIVES WITH MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE FIFTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS
    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago –April 17, 2009
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  • WORKERS' REPRESENTATIVES DIALOGUE WITH THE MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE XXXVIII OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
    Medellin, Colombia – June 1, 2008
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  • II HEMISPHERIC WORKSHOP ON OCCUPATIONAL HEALT AND SAFETY
    San Salvador, El Salvador – May 16 y 17, 2006
    See the Workshop web site >>