StampNews.com is glad to inform that South Africa Post has released a special commemorative stamp issue to mark the 4th World Congress in Cape Town. The philatelic release was introduced and put into circulation on the 5th of December.
Cape Town will soon be abuzz with delegates from around the world when the 4th UNI World Congress takes place in the city from 7 to 10 December. It is no coincidence that the UNI Global Union chose to host its 4th World Congress in Cape Town. The choice of South Africa was made with the idea of being able to celebrate the country’s 20 years of democracy with the people of South Africa.
To mark this event, the South African Post Office issued a commemorative miniature sheet with one stamp designed by Ananda Nöthling.
UNI Global Union is an international union federation for skills and services, drawing together national and regional trade unions. It was launched on 1 January 2000, as Union Network International.
The World Congress, with Cape Town as the host city, comes at a time of unparalleled economic growth in Africa. It is the world's fastest growing continent and over the next decade its GDP is expected to rise by an average of 6% a year and the evolution of a new middle class, according to the IMF.
UNI is Africa's largest global union. UNI Africa represents 760,000 workers in the skills and services sectors from 168 unions in 36 African countries. The majority of new jobs on the African continent will come from the services sector represented by UNI. UNI Africa aims to build union power and influence in the workplace to ensure that all service employees are organised into strong unions and protected by collective agreements.
The main theme of the UNI 4th World Congress is "Including You! Ubuntu! " Ubuntu is an ancient African word broadly translated as ‘humanity to others'. It also means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'.
UNI Global Union General Secretary Philip Jennings said, "Including You/Ubuntu is about inclusive economic growth, including our unions and everyone who lives in the countries and communities where we are active". Jennings added that they welcomed all members of the UNI family to join them in Cape Town in December, where a special session will focus on Africa's economic future and the fight for freedom and democracy.
"UNI Global Union was started in 2000 as Union Network International and quickly became abbreviated to UN", says Jennings. "It then went through a brand re-model, which resulted in a new logo and a decision to adapt the name UNI Global Union".