Mr Juan SOMAVIA
Director-General of the ILO
Moscow, 20 November 2008
Speaking for the General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) affiliating national trade union centres in CIS countries
and 32 industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region may I send you my heartfelt congratulations on your re-election
to the high post of Director-General of the International Labour Office.
It is our strong conviction that in the conditions of the present-day world financial and economic crisis the role to be played
by the International Labour Organisation is as crucial as never before, for it is the only world agency with a tripartite
structure and, by virtue of this, is capable of making its own, special contribution to the solution of problems arising today
before all countries on this planet. We agree fully with your evaluations and proposals concerning the ways to overcome
eventual unfavourable social consequences of the crisis, such as rising unemployment, reduced purchasing values
of wages, pensions, scholarships and other social allowances, aggravation of relations on the labour market, etc.
The GCTU, as an organisation enjoying permanent regional status with the ILO, has been constantly supporting the activity
of the International Labour Organisation and helping it to strengthen its positions in the CIS countries. We conduct
permanent monitoring of the ratification and implementation of the core ILO conventions by the Commonwealth countries,
and are ready to promote further development and strengthening of ILO’s standard-setting activity.
May I sincerely wish you all success in this important and arduous office of ILO Director-General and assure you that
in your further activity you can always rely on unwavering support from our Confederation in your efforts to strengthen
the International Labour Organisation, realize its high ideals and secure universal implementation of the Decent Work
Agenda in the CIS countries and elsewhere in the world.
Vladimir Scherbakov, General Secretary, GCTU