Central Organization for Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has been elected the chairperson of the Global Workers Awareness Fund based in Sydney, Australia.
the worker’s union umbrella body’s deputy Secretary General Benson Okwaro in a statement to newsrooms on Friday, August 13, said the delegates settled on Atwoli due to his dedication and years of selfless service to the labour movement.
“The delegates also spoke to the fact that Atwoli is the longest-serving member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) governing body and coordinates Africa and Asia workers representation with an office based in Delhi, India,” Okwaro said.
The sole objective of the Global Workers Awareness Fund is to create awareness on social economic and political issues.
The fund, that will go a long way in helping the development of African countries and other developing countries across the globe, is contributed by the supply chain and Trade Union Confederation.
The outspoken unionist is expected to serve for a three-year term and is expected to travel to Sydney, Australia for his acceptance speech.
In June 2021, the all-time COTU leader was elected as a member of the ILO governing council for a record fourth time where he shall be representing worker’s interests globally at ILO for the next four years.
In a statement, COTU deputy Secretary-General said Atwoli received the highest number of votes across the globe.
“At the same time, Atwoli has now left a mark as the first member of the International Labor Organization Governing Body to be re-elected for a record four times consecutively to the Governing Body,” Okwaro said in a statement.