Major Meetings

Eighth Congress of General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea Held

The Eighth Congress of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea was held in Pyongyang on the 25th and the 26th.

The congress comprehensively analyzed and summed up the work of the federation during the period under review and discussed tasks and practical ways to bring about a fundamental change in the work of the federation and powerfully demonstrate the unity of the heroic working class and the militant might of the trade union in the implementation of the decisions adopted at the Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Second Plenary Meeting of the Eighth Party Central Committee.

Present at the congress were representatives elected at the trade union organizations at all levels.

Also on hand as observers were officials of the Party, administrative and armed forces organs.

The rostrum was taken by Ri Il Hwan, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and Secretary of the Party Central Committee, members of the Executive Committee of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, chairpersons of the provincial committees of the federation, trade union officials of the armed forces organs, exemplary trade union officials and junior officials, and officials concerned.

The congress was declared open and the national anthem of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea played.

The congress elected the executive and the secretaries.

It approved the following agenda items.

1. Review of the Work of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea

2. Review of the Work of the Central Auditing Commission of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea

3. On Revising the Rules of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea

4. Election of the Central Leadership Body of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea

At the congress, Ri Il Hwan, Secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, conveyed the important letter “Let the Trade Unions Become the Vanguard Unit Opening a New Period of Great Upsurge of Socialist Construction in the Van” sent by the respected Kim Jong Un, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and President of the State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to the participants in the Eighth Congress of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea.

Pak In Chol, Chairman of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, made a report on the first agenda item “Review of the Work of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea”.

He said:

With his energetic leadership and warm love and trust the respected Kim Jong Un has led the federation to discharge its responsibility and duty as the vanguard unit and backbone force of the revolution in the struggle for implementing the decision of the historic Seventh Party Congress.

In the historic letter he sent to the participants in the Seventh Congress of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea five years ago, he provided an important guideline our working class and the federation should hold fast to in the new era of the Juche revolution.

He clearly indicated the tasks and ways for the trade union organizations to strengthen the ideological education in line with the demand of the times and developing revolution and wisely led the struggle for their realization, making it possible to effect a fresh change in preparing all the trade unionists as those strong in ideology and faith, ardent patriots, vanguard fighters of the class and those with noble moral traits.

He led the working class and trade unionists to launch a positive offensive to open a new avenue of socialist construction, regarding self-reliance as the lifeline of self-respect and self-development.

The achievements made in the work of the federation to carry out the tasks presented by the Seventh Party Congress during the period under review are entirely a brilliant result of the great leadership of Kim Jong Un who has led the work of the federation step by step, the reporter stressed.

The reporter paid the noblest respects to the great leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and extended the greatest honour and warmest greetings to Kim Jong Un leading the federation along the road of victory and glory with his outstanding and seasoned leadership, representing the boundless reverence and fervent loyalty of the entire participants in the congress and the working class and trade unionists across the country.

He said the federation is faced with an honourable revolutionary task to discharge its responsibility and duty as the reliable assistant and defender of the Party in the general advance to open a new avenue of socialist construction in hearty response to the great programme of struggle advanced by the Eighth Congress of the WPK and the Second Plenary Meeting of the Eighth Party Central Committee.

For the federation to creditably perform its mission and duty for the times and revolution in keeping with the demand of a period of new upsurge and transformation of the revolution, practical measures should be taken to boldly admit the shortcomings latent in its work and thoroughly overcome them, the reporter said and quoted facts to analyze and sum up the shortcomings in its work during the period under review and their causes.

The trade union organizations at all levels should bring about a fundamental change in the work of the federation thoroughly on the basis of the idea and spirit of the Eighth Party Congress and admirably carry forward the tradition of loyalty to the Party and the history of the single-minded unity, the reporter said and called upon all to wage a vigorous struggle toward a new victory of the socialist cause, the final victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche.

The congress heard speeches on the first agenda item.

Shortcomings in the work of the trade union organizations at all levels during the period under review and their causes were seriously analyzed and summed up.

The speakers expressed their resolve to definitely hold fast to the letter of Kim Jong Un as the general task of struggle, more thoroughly establish the monolithic leadership system of the Party Central Committee and concentrate efforts on arousing the working class and trade unionists to the implementation of the decisions of the Eighth Party Congress.

At the congress a report on the second agenda item “Review of the Work of the Central Auditing Commission of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea” was made, which was followed by speeches. And a resolution was adopted with a unanimous approval.

The congress discussed the third agenda item “On Revising the Rules of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea”.

A report was made on revising the rules of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea which was amended and supplemented according to the demand of the developing revolution and the principle on the construction of the federation. And then, a resolution was adopted with a unanimous approval of the representatives.

The congress discussed the fourth agenda item “Election of the Central Leadership Body of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea”.

The Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea was elected.

All the nominated candidates for members and alternate members of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea were elected with a unanimous approval of the representatives.

The First Plenary Meeting of the Eighth Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea was held.
Ri Il Hwan, Secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, announced the result of the First Plenary Meeting of the Eighth Central Committee of the Federation.

The Executive Committee of the Central Committee of the Federation was elected.

Pak In Chol was elected Chairman and Kang Chol Man, Pong Won Ik, Pak Yang Thae, Kim Song Ho and Choe Su Dong Vice-Chairmen of the Central Committee of the Federation.

The Organizing Committee of the Central Committee of the Federation was formed.

Chairman, vice-chairpersons and members of the Central Auditing Commission of the Federation were elected.

Department Directors of the Central Committee of the Federation and the Editor-in-Chief of the Organ of the Central Committee of the Federation were appointed.

The congress elected a committee for mapping out its draft resolution with members of the newly-elected Eighth Central Leadership Body of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea and the committee deliberated the draft resolution on the first agenda item in a comprehensive way.

At the congress the resolution on the first agenda item was adopted with a unanimous approval of the representatives, which supplemented the creative and constructive opinions raised by representatives.

The congress ended with the playing of the song “We Will Defend General Kim Jong Un with Our Lives”.

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