Uruguayan union central elects president due to Pereira’s departure from politics

The new president of the Uruguayan union PIT-CNT, Marcelo Abdala, in a file photo. EFE / Alejandro Prieto

Montevideo, Nov 7 (EFE) .- The Uruguayan trade union center PIT-CNT elected its new president, Marcelo Abdala, who will replace Fernando Pereira, who will be one of the candidates to preside over the left-wing coalition Frente Amplio (FA) , party that ruled in that country between 2005 and 2020.
According to the local press this Sunday, the appointment of Abdala, who served as general secretary of the PIT-CNT, took place within the framework of the National Congress of this organization and will be accompanied in the vice-presidency by José López, a member of the Confederation of Trade Unions Public.
Meanwhile, the member of the primary education teachers’ union Elbia Pereira will be the new general secretary.
“We are going to carry out the immediate, programmatic and historical objectives of the working class of this country that belongs to this PIT-CNT,” said Abdala in a video posted on his Twitter social network account.
Abdala replaces the former president of the trade union center Fernando Pereira, who was in charge of this organization since 2015.
In addition, he was one of the main drivers for the collection of signatures to call the referendum to repeal 135 articles of the Urgent Consideration Law (LUC), the flagship project of the President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, approved in 2020.
In this sense, he supported this campaign, which managed to collect nearly 800,000 signatures in less than a year with the support of the PIT-CNT and was one of the reasons why his figure gained great notoriety in recent times.


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