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This message has originated from the APEC Monitoring Group in Aotearoa (New Zealand), organisers of the anti-Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings and protests in Auckland New Zealand in 1999. We are part of the international anti-globalisation movement.
The activities of the "labour leaders" in Davos can be found at: www.global-unions.org/davos.asp
TO: THE NINE INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION REPRESENTATIVES AT DAVOS
PHONE: ++41-79-446 2703
While almost 1,000 armed soldiers and thousands more police guard Davos, you, nine "international trade union leaders" have decided to join the World Economic Forum from 25 to 30 January 2001 and eat, drink and parley with members and representatives of the international exploiting class.
Thousands of people have vowed to continue the anti-globalisation momentum from Seattle, Washington, Chiang Mai, Okinawa, Melbourne and Prague and come to Davos to once again protest at the anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-indigenous, anti-women globalisation agenda. Thousands more are attending an alternative World Social Forum in Brazil.
While these activities are designed to isolate the WEF and its rotten ideology, you are breaking this solidarity in joining this forum of reaction.
No doubt you say that you are there to argue for the workers' cause. However simply by attending you are turning their back on this cause and playing into the hands of those who continue to exploit the international working class for their own ends. Even your publicised topics at the WEF are not opposing globalisation. John Sweeney is talking on "Addressing the backlash against globalisation" and Bill Jordan "Partnering for the Future".
The World Economic Forum is nothing less than a pro-capital, pro-corporate, pro-imperialist, pro-rich club. It even claims to have been instrumental in the development of the modern globalisation project.
While other unionists including New Zealand Trade Union Federation President Maxine Gay will attend the alternative and anti-WEF activities you, the gang of nine, will be "protected" from our sisters and brothers by the suspension of civil liberties in Davos enforced by thousands of Swiss troops and police.
We urge you to respect the international cyber picket of the WEF, withdraw from the WEF activities and rejoin the solidarity of those resisting globalisation.
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