Latin American anti-corruption forum commits to action

10 December 2013
On the International Day against Corruption on 9 December 2013, PSI affiliate - Sindicato Unico de Trabajadores del Gobierno del Distrito Federal de México SUTGDF - with the support of other Mexican affiliates and trade union leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru, organised the first trade union forum against corruption in Latin America.

Over 800 participants, including many media representatives, listened to presentations from PSI members and different Latin American countries characterizing corruption as a cancer in societies that perverts democracy and thwarts decent economic development.

The HeaDr. Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosad of Government of the Federal District of Mexico, Dr. Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, committed to cooperating with trade unions in combating corruption and promised to publish on the internet any contracts concluded by his government.

Participants exchanged views on the different forms which corruption can take and its consequences for citizens and public service unions.

 

 The speakers gave many examples of ways to successfully combat corruption. 

The participants of the forum decided to make this event the starting point for a long-lasting campaign against corruption in Latin America.

The forum took place just days after tens of thousands of people protested in the centre of Mexico City against President Enrique Pena Nieto's plan to privatise the energy sector.

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