Development Platform for the Americas (PLADA)

The Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) launched the Development Platform for the Americas (PLADA) on 6 May in Santiago.

The PLADA is a strategic platform drawn up collectively by the trade union movement during 2013 and 2014 to promote labour rights. The region’s trade union movement intends to use this Platform to present its proposals aimed at overcoming the structural imbalances in Latin America and the Caribbean, with special emphasis on sustainable development.

Conscious of the need to expand on the changes driven by the emanicipatory political projects underway on the continent, the TUCA has developed a new policy instrument, the Development Platform for the Americas (PLADA).

The PLADA is designed to become the tool for the trade union movement’s mobilisations and political actions, aimed at promoting the body of changes needed from a strategic perspective, in response to the various social, political issues and actors as well as the governments of the region.

It is an instrument calling on the region’s various social and political forces to work together to build alternatives in the battle for a new hegemony. The document is structured around four pillars or dimensions - political, economic, social and environmental - which will be geared towards achieving sustainable development.

Five thousand people, including trade union representatives from over 20 countries, together with representatives from the region’s political institutions and authorities, were present for the launch in Santiago on 6 May.