GFTU Director General: Syrian workers have built their homeland with their hands over long decades

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Under the patronage of President Bashar Al-Assad, the 27th General Conference of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) kicked off its activities on Thursday in Damascus.

 Arab and foreign delegations are taking part in the 4-day event.

Assistant Regional Secretary General of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party Hilal al-Hilal represented President Al-Assad at the opening ceremony.

Chairman of the GFTU Jamal al-Qadiri said in a speech at the opening of the conference that the Syrian workers have built their homeland with their hands over long decades and struggled to defend the homeland in confrontation of the a global war that has been targeting it over the past nine years.

 Al-Qaderi stressed that despite terrorist attacks on them and on their institutions, the Syrian workers have managed to keep the wheel of production operating amid unfair economic siege and coercive economic measures imposed on Syria by its enemies.

The GFTU Director General pointed out that many urgent work issues are to be discussed during the 27th Conference of the GFTU, most important of which is rebuilding what terrorism has  destroyed and carrying out new economic projects.

On his part, the  Secretary General of the international Federation of Arab Trade Unions Ghassan Ghusen hailed Syria's steadfastness in the face of the conspiracies that have been targeting the Arab nation, most recent of which is the so-called "Deal of the Century".

Ghusen highly appreciated the Syrian GFTU's efforts in support of a unified Arab unionist movement.

Mezwandil  Michael Macobia, Chairman of the World Federation of Trade Unions, affirmed the Federation's support for Syria's workers, who along with their fellow citizens gave the world lessons in resistance and in confronting the global terrorist war and colonialist schemes.

He said that Syria is gradually restoring stability, calling on all Syrian refugees to return home to take part in Syria's reconstruction process.

Hamda Mustafa