The Secretary-General of the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA), Abdelmadjid Sidi Said, has surprisingly decided to back up candidate Susanna Camusso, the leader of the Italian General Federation of Labor, the most prominent trade union in Italy, at the expense of the Australian trade union’s rival candidate, Sharan Burrow, in the upcoming general elections of the International Federation of Trade Unions (CSI), slated to be held in the Danish capital of Copenhagen between the second and seventh of next December.
There is now, as a result, a hovering suspicion in the national trade union’s circles regarding the choice made by the Secretary General of the UGTA Trade Union, as this move raised the question about the option taken in favor of the Italian trade union’s candidate Susanna Camusso, according to several sources as the latter is dubbed as clearly “pro-Zionist entity,” and had previously visited the occupying state, and attended celebrations there held in memory of the spoliation of Palestine.
And this is for this reason that the Italian senior trade unionist Susanna Camusso secured the backing of the General Federation of Israeli Trade Unions known as “Histadrut”.
According to Echorouk’s sources Sidi Said is in the process of holding a broad-based meeting to examine the candidacy of Italian candidate Susanna Camusso, for the position of Secretary General of the International Confederation of Trade Unions here in Algiers on 19 and 20 September, in the presence of representatives of the African trade union organizations and the Independent Trade Unions affiliated with the General Confederation of Workers in Algeria (CGATA) which have reportedly chosen instead to support the Australian trade Union confederation’s candidate namely Sharan Burrow.
The reason for the baffling stance on this file adopted by the UGTA Secretary General is not known, although all the Arab trade unions have stood by the side of the Australian trade union’s candidate, Sharan Burrow, including the General Confederation of Trade Unions of Palestine, the Federation of Egyptian Democratic Workers, the General Union of Mauritanian Workers and the Free Confederation of Mauritanian Workers, in addition to the Union of Workers of Mauritania, the National Union of Education in Morocco, the General Federation of Moroccan Workers, the Moroccan Union of Labor, the same is applied to the General Federation of Trade Unions of Yemen, the General Federation of Workers of the Sultanate of Oman, the General Union of Jordanian Trade Unions, as well as the General Federation of Trade Unions of Iraq’s workers, while the Tunisian Labor Union is the exception in record, as the latter has decided to back up the controversial Italian candidate, according to the nominal list of each voting trade union published on the International Confederation of Trade Unions’ official website.
Consequently, Abdelmadjid Sidi Said’s flabbergasting choice is more than an outstanding question mark, notably about which criteria he has built on the support of dubious Italian candidate Susanna Camusso, who has received the full support of the Zionist federation of trade unions called “Histadrut”.
This situation is thus still murky for the time being, as observers wonder if Sidi Said took the prior advice of the Algerian Foreign Ministry on such a sensitive issue, especially since Algeria is widely known for its absolute backing for the Palestinian cause, in all forms of support.