04-07 OCTOBER 2022


Madrid Marriot Auditorium Hotel & Conference Centre

Madrid, Spain


Dear Colleagues,

We start the new year carrying forward challenges. The COVID19 vaccine roll out has not reached large enough numbers to stem the tide of the pandemic.  This is leading to new variants which are perpetuating uncertainty and inflating global inequality and the pathway to recovery will not be equal. Amidst these difficulties many unions are locked in battles, fighting attacks on trade union rights and democracy. But the pandemic has also given us opportunities to innovate and in the past two years we have increased activities and assisted more union members and workers.

We have much to look forward to this year. We must keep up the pressure to achieve victory for our campaign at the International Labour Conference this year, after the ILO Governing Body agreed to action tasks that take forward the establishment of safe and healthy workplaces as a fundamental right. BWI will continue to support affiliates to understand ILO Convention 190 on eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work as we hope to have more ratifications in 2022.

The countdown for the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar has begun and I am hoping that the games will leave a legacy of transformation for migrant workers as the result of our campaign, BWI needs your continued support this year as we work towards the establishment of a Migrant Workers’ Centre in Qatar to ensure that our initiatives to organise, educate and protect migrant workers are sustained. We are developing new campaigns and the institutionalisation of our climate justice and just transition actions have begun. A Trade Union Amazon Solidarity Network was even formed to organise international solidarity actions to protect Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and ensure decent work which I am looking forward to being developed further.

As we enter 2022, I wish you and your members a happy and peaceful new year. At the same time, I take this opportunity to formally invite you to our 5th World Congress. I am most eagerly anticipating meeting many of you in person in Madrid, Spain from 4 to 7 October 2022. I think we can all agree that we need a respite from the heavy weight of the pandemic and economic challenges that we have been fighting. This will be our chance to connect with each other physically and continue building our movement as we celebrate the contribution and importance of trade unionism and affirm out commitment to strengthening each other through international solidarity.

Our Congress is democracy in action, and we will be debating important issues and shaping the way forward to guide our years ahead. We have important work ahead as we set priorities for building stronger unions, tackling discrimination, advancing equality, and securing rights for all workers including those most vulnerable to exploitation and those subjected to oppressive conditions that suppress trade union and human rights.

I trust we can count on your participation as you take your place at the Congress. We will do our best at BWI to ensure that the delegates from all affiliates can be present in Madrid. But these are uncertain times and even if it must be a combination of virtual and physical meetings, we will endeavour to support you as best we can include to ensure good internet connections, if this is necessary.

To start our Congress preparations, please refer also to the attached Preliminary Congress Guide for initial information and guidance. We will put up the Online Registration Link and the dedicated Congress Website by 15 February 2022.

Finally, as per our guidelines, we kindly remind your that the payment of BWI affiliation fees must be done before the end of March.

I look forward to working with you this 2022 so that it is the year that we reclaim union power for a better future for all workers.




Ambet Yuson

General Secretary


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