The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, will open the eighth World Women’s Conference of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) in Melbourne on Tuesday February 18.

Ms Clark’s keynote address will be followed by a news conference with four leading international unionists attending the talks:

  • Guy Ryder – ICFTU General Secretary
  • Linda Chavez-Thompson – Vice-President AFL-CIO, the peak USA union body
  • Tandiwe Munyanyi – Chair, ICFTU Youth Committee
  • Sharan Burrow – ACTU President
  • The ACTU is hosting the four-day conference, which is being attended by 300 international delegates from more than 70 countries and 200 Australians. The ICFTU represents represents 158 million union members, including 63 million women, through 231 affiliated organisations in 150 countries and territories.

    What: Conference Opening – Keynote Address by Helen Clark Prime Minister of New Zealand
    When: 9.30am Tuesday February 18, 2003
    Where: Main Conference Room, Carlton Crest Hotel 65 Queens Road, Melbourne 3004

    What: Opening news conference – ICFTU General Secretary Guy Ryder, AFL-CIO Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson, Chair of the ICFTU Youth Committee Tandiwe Munyanyi, ACTU President Sharan Burrow
    When: 12.30pm Tuesday February 18, 2003
    Where: Press Conference Room, Carlton Crest Hotel, 65 Queens Road, Melbourne 3004