NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 8, 2009)—About 100 trade union leaders in the rubber sector from 22 countries will converge in Nashville next week for discussions on current industry issues.
The event is the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions quadrennial World Conference for the Rubber Industries, which takes place on May 12-13 at Nashville's Sheraton Music City Hotel.
“In this time of global economic crisis, particularly in the automotive industry, it is important that key trade union leaders of the rubber sector gather to share ideas, discuss strategies, and move the issue of workers' rights to the forefront of any recovery agenda,” said ICEM General Secretary Manfred Warda.
The conference will feature a presentation by ICEM Chemicals and Rubber Industries Officer Kemal Ã–zkan on “Global Industry Trends and Challenges.” It will also include five panel discussions and presentations on collective bargaining, global trade unions, health and safety and more.
The Geneva, Switzerland-based ICEM is a Global Union Federation numbering 20 million workers, encompassed by 467 trade union affiliates in 132 countries.