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    IN BRUSSELS TODAY (2 JULY) TRADE UNION LEADERS FROM OVER 50 NON-COMMUNIST COUNTRIES GATHERED FOR THE FIRST SESSION OF THE NINTH WORLD CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS.

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    IN BRUSSELS TODAY (2 JULY) TRADE UNION LEADERS FROM OVER 50 NON-COMMUNIST COUNTRIES GATHERED FOR THE FIRST SESSION OF THE NINTH WORLD CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS.

    ONE OF THE MAIN TALKING POINTS FOR THE 250 DELEGATES IS LIKELY TO BE THE ABSENCE, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWENTY YEARS, OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AMERICAN LABOUR UNIONS. THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOUR AND CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS (AFL-CIO), WHICH COMPRISES 129 UNITED STATES UNIONS, WALKED OUT OF THE CONFEDERATION IN FEBRUARY.

    IT GAVE AS ITS REASONS FOR WITHDRAWAL THE CONFEDERATION'S HANDLING OF AN APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP FROM THE AMERICAN UNITED AUTOMOBILE WORKERS UNION. BUT CONGRESS SOURCES SAID THE BACKGROUND TO THE DISPUTE CONCERNED ALARM BY AFL-CIO PRESIDENT GEORGE MEANEY THAT OTHER CONFEDERATION MEMBERS-PARTICULARLY THE BRITISH T.U.C. AND GERMAN UNIONS - WERE EXCHANGING DELEGATIONS WITH EASTERN EUROPEAN NATIONS.

    THE AFL-CIO CONTRIBUTED HEAVILY TO THE CONFEDERATION'S FUNDS, AND HAS TRIED TO BRING PRESSURE ON THE CONFEDERATION FOR A TOTAL BOYCOTT OF EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. SOME COUNTRIES-PARTICULARLY CANADA, THE SWEDES, AND WEST GERMANY, WANT TO STAND AGAINST THIS PRESSURE. BUT OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CONFEDERATION WANT THE AMERICANS BACK TO MAINTAIN INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY.

    TODAY, HOWEVER, THE PASSIONS REMAINED BENEATH THE SURFACE. PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERATION, ITALIAN LABOUR LEADER BRUNO STORTI, GAVE THE OPENING ADDRESS, AND THEN THE CONGRESS BEGAN ITS FIRST WORKING SESSION. BUT WITH EIGHT DAYS TO GO, THE DISPUTE IS UNLIKELY TO ESCAPE AN AIRING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5TQR2O27FIYPHCP0SKZ4BW3EZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA5TQR2O27FIYPHCP0SKZ4BW3EZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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