SANAUnder the patronage of President Bashar al-Assad, the 27th General Conference of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) on Thursday started activities at al-Faihaa Sport Hall in Damascus with the participation of Arab and foreign delegations.

In an opening speech, Representative of President al-Assad, Assistant Regional Secretary General of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party Hilal al-Hilal, expressed President al-Assad’s care for the workers’ sector, asserting the need to encourage them to develop this sector and enhance its role in the construction and development of the homeland.

Al-Hilal stressed that the working class in Syria has taken many steps for serving and promoting the national work.

He underlined that Syria is facing the fiercest targeting and conspiring campaigns represented by the terrorist war waged against it, the occupation of parts of its lands, the unfair economic siege and other pressures against Syria, stressing that those pressures will not dissuade the national will of the Syrian people and their determination to remain commit to the national and the Pan-Arab principles.

Al-Hilal said that the enemies of the Arab Nation have continued their schemes to weaken it, including the US-Israeli so-called “Deal of the Century”.

Syria, by defending itself is defending all Arab countries and enhancing the culture of resistance and the principles of independence, al-Hilal said.

He stressed that Syrian workers are an efficient part of the axis of resistance against the hegemony and unipolar policies, noting that the working class in Syria has voiced strong support to the Syrian Arab army which has been facing the Turkish acts of aggressions which aim at protecting terrorism, and the army has worked to restore security and stability to every inch of the Syrian territories.

The GFTU Chairman Jamal al-Qadiri, in a speech at the opening of the conference said that the Syrian laborers have built the homeland with their hands over long decades, and they have been loyal to it and to the national interest as they have been struggling to defend the homeland since the beginning of the crisis from nine years ago.

Al-Qadiri added that the Syrian laborers have realized that this continued terrorist war targets the Syrian people and the national and Pan-Arab stances of Syria and its resistant stance in the face of the Zionist-Western schemes hatched against the region and the interests of its peoples.

He noted that the Syrian laborers and despite of all the difficult circumstances of targeting them and their institutions by terrorists, have continued to produce the basic needs of the Syrian people to be able to remain steadfast in light of the unjust economic siege and the unilateral coercive economic measures.

Al-Qadiri said that the resilience and nationalism of the Syrian laborers have been a main fortress for the steadfastness in the face of the terrorist war waged against Syria as they have been like a service and productive army that stands by the side of the Syrian Arab Army which has been and is still facing terrorism and its backers till achieving permanent victory.

The conference, which will last till Feb. 16th, will be attended by about 479 representatives of trade unions in the Syrian provinces.

The conference will discuss economic and service reports submitted by the Executive Office, in addition to tackling the projects of the GFTU and coming up with required recommendations with regard to them.

A session will be also assigned by the conference to express solidarity with the Palestinian laborers and people in the face of the so-called “Deal of the Century”.

The session will also touch upon the steadfastness of the people of the occupied Syrian Golan on the 38th anniversary of rejection the Israeli identity.

Source: SANA / RedGlobe