CLC's Hassan Yussuff Elected President of TUCA

April 25, 2012, 9:05 AM EST


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Canadian Labour Congress Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff has been elected to a four-year term as president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas. Yussuff was elected on April 20 at a TUCA convention occurring in Brazil.

"I am pleased to be elected president, especially with the many problems facing our movement in this hemisphere," says Yussuff. "We live in a world where transnational corporations have a global reach and this poses special challenges for the labour movement. In this difficult context, we also have to work aggressively at a global level to promote union membership, to push for government policies that create employment, and to protect our labour and human rights."

Yussuff is the former CAW Human Rights Director and has been a CLC officer since 1999.

TUCA represents more than 50 million workers belonging to 50 active trade union affiliates in 29 countries, including Canada, the U.S., Brazil and nations in Latin America. TUCA belongs, in turn, to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), with headquarters in Brussels.

TUCA has offices and permanent staff in Brazil and Costa Rica. Yussuff will perform his duties from the CLC's Ottawa office and will continue in his role as CLC Secretary-Treasurer.

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