Minutes of the 3rd CPLP-SE Conference
On the twenty-sixth day of April, two thousand and ten, at ten hours and thirty minutes, the Community of Teachers and Education Workers' Organizations in Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP-SE) gathered at its third Union Conference , in Lisbon, at the premises of the National Federation of Teachers (FENPROF).
The respective organizations participated in this conference, with the exception of the Teachers 'Union of Timor-Leste (SPTL), and the Teachers' Union of Primary Education (SIPROENPRI), from São Tomé and Príncipe, with those present represented by the following elements:
ANGOLA – José Joaquim Laurindo and Adriano dos Santos, from Federação dos Trabalhadores de Educação, Cultura, Desporto e Comunicação Social de Angola (FTECDCSA); Guilherme Silva, from Sindicato Nacional dos Professores (SINPROF)
BRAZIL ? Roberto Leão, from Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores em Educação (CNTE); Cristina de Castro, from Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores em Estabelecimentos de Ensino (CONTEE)
CAPE VERDE – João Pedro Cardoso, from Federação Caboverdiana de Professores (FECAP); Adolfo José Rodrigues, from Sindicato Nacional dos Professores (SINDEP)
GALIZA ? Duarte Correa, from Confederación Intersindical Galega do Ensino (CIG-Ensino)
GUINEA BISSAU ? Luís Nancassa, from Sindicato Nacional dos Professores (SINAPROF); Laureano Pereira da Costa, from Sindicato Democrático dos Professores (SINDEPROF)
MOZAMBIQUE ? Alípio Siquisse , from Organização Nacional de Professores/Sindicato Nacional dos Professores Moçambicanos (ONP/SNPN)
PORTUGAL – Abel Macedo, from FENPROF, Coordinating Secretary of CPLP-SE and José Augusto Cardoso (FENPROF);
Maria Arminda Bragança, Federação Nacional de Educação (FNE)
SÃO TOMÉ e PRÍNCIPE – Miguel d’ Assunção, from Sindicato dos Professores de S. Tomé e Príncipe (SINPRESTEP)
SENEGAL? Demba Thiam and Mame Daour Dabo, Syndicat Autonome des Enseignement du Moyen et Secondaire au Senegal (SAEMSS)
The following agenda was proposed for this third conference:
- Presentation of the Activities Report corresponding to the 2007/2010 triennium.
- Discussion and voting on new filing requests submitted in the meantime.
- Discussion and voting on the proposed amendments to the CPLP-SE statutes.
- Presentation, discussion and approval of the Business Plan for the 2010/2013 period.
- Election, under the terms of paragraph b) of article 9 of the Statutes, of the Permanent Commission for the next three years.
- Another subjects.
This conference began with the intervention of the CPLP-SE Coordinating Secretary, Abel Macedo, who welcomed the organizations present, highlighting the strengthening of the inter-organizational relations of the members of this community, in the last three years. He also presented the intention of the Syndicat Autonome des Enseignement du Moyen et Secondaire au Senegal (SAEMSS), to assume Observer Status in this organization. The reasons given for this request, according to this organization, are substantiated by the high demand and increase in the number of students in the learning of the Portuguese language in Senegal. This request was granted by CPLP-SE, informing that Observers also have the possibility of intervention in this plenary. Also present, with observer status, was the Non-Governmental Organization for Development (ONGD), Engenho e Obra, Association for Development and Cooperation, represented by Alfredo Soares Ferreira.
After a brief individual presentation by all those present, the agenda began.
Within the scope of the first point, Presentation of the Activity Report corresponding to the 2007/2010 triennium, the referred Report was presented and approved.
Regarding the second point, Discussion and voting on the requests for new affiliations submitted in the meantime, the Coordinating Secretary presented two proposals for joining the CPLP-SE: CIG-Ensino (Galicia) and SINDEPROF (Guinea-Bissau) The Galician organization argued that the its claim is strongly based on the linguistic and cultural proximity existing in its region with Portugal. SINDEPROF, as a young union organization in Guinea-Bissau, sees in this space a strong possibility of strengthening collaboration ties with the remaining Portuguese-speaking unions. After each presentation of candidacy to CPLP-SE, the respective voting was carried out. The two candidacies were voted and approved unanimously, and these organizations started to participate, immediately, as full members in the agenda.
With regard to the third item on the agenda, the discussion of the proposed amendments to the CPLP-SE statutes began. In this regard, a proposal was made to include two new articles (see annex?) In the statutes, in order to enable the creation of a fiscal council. This proposal was unanimously approved, and a fiscal council was established immediately. The constitution of this CPLP-SE body was thus made up with the following constitution: CONTEE, from Brazil, FNE, from Portugal and ONP / SNPM, from Mozambique, the latter having been chosen for the presidency of this supervisory body. It was also decided that the opening of a CPLP-SE bank account would be in Portugal.
With this change, and still at this point, the way of complying with article 9 (e), specifically on the financial responsibilities of the members of this organization, was analyzed.
On this subject the following was said:
José Laurindo, from FTECDCSA, Angola, argued that organizations must have financial responsibilities in the organizations to which they belong, that is, organizations must have quotas of their members to create a financial fund that makes their operation feasible. These contributions, in their understanding, should be proportional to their greatness, that is, in proportion to the number of members they hold. In this sense, your organization, by the end of this year, would be in a position to make financial commitments.
Then and in that sense, Adriano dos Santos, from the same union, presented a proposal for a financial contribution that can be summarized as follows, in the table below:
Class A - Brazil and Portugal - 5.000€
Class B - Angola, Galiza and Mozambique - 2.500€
Class C - Cape Verde and Guiné-Bissau - 1.000€
Class D - S. Tomé e Príncipe and Timor-Leste - 2.500€
Adolfo Rodrigues, representative of SINDEP, from Cape Verde, endorsed Adriano dos Santos' proposal, in the form and amounts presented.
From Brazil, Cristina de Castro, from CONTEE, observed that this issue has been discussed for some time, although without reaching anything concrete. For the first time, there is a proposal with concrete data. However, this proposal has to be taken up for internal discussion in Brazil. He also mentions that it is not the confederations that “collect” the contributions, but the unions. For this reason, it is important to discuss within organizations that represents not only the participation, but also the form of participation.
Miguel d'Assunção, from SINPRESTEP, S.Tomé and Princípe, alluded that the reality of each organization must be taken into account, stating that although any assumption of responsibility needs internal discussion in his union, he informed that the amount presented in the proposal comrade Adriano's was difficult to comply with, as his organization's monthly revenues did not sometimes exceed 200 €.
Alípio Siquisse, from ONP, from Mozambique, said that he sympathizes with Adriano's proposal. However, as each organization knows its reality, and based on the proposal presented, each one must present his / her possibility of contribution. The reality of your organization, with regard to the levy charged, is undergoing restructuring, that is, currently the levy enters the union only when the union member becomes available. This reality is being changed, and a new quota collection procedure is currently being concluded, through the direct discount on maturity. In view of this new reality presented, it fears, at least until the new collection process is in place, that it will not be able to meet the proposed and under discussion charge.
Guilherme Silva, from SINPROF, Angola, pointed out as a concern, also the difficulty in collecting funds in his country. He said that this difficulty could be related to the possibility of being boycotted by the installed power, in order to reduce, or even empty the existing union activity. He also referred that the contribution proposal submitted to CPLP-SE is superior to his organization's contribution to IE.
Laureano Costa, from SINDEPROF, Guinea-Bissau, considered that the constitution of a financial fund is fundamental and imperative, but at the moment, his organization was unable to satisfy this requirement. He also noted that quotas are optional and in the table presented they would like to negotiate the amount to be defined, safeguarding that, in the current context, their contribution is quite impossible.
Then the Secretary-Coordinator took stock of the situation, emphasizing that from the interventions made, it appeared that two proposals were under discussion. Thus, it should be remembered that CPLP-SE is based on a solidarity movement as a basic assumption, precisely the opposite of the logic installed in IE, where the powerful dominate. He also said that two conclusions could already be drawn: the first is that we are all in agreement with the existence of quotas for the functioning of this organization. The second, we are also in agreement, is that the financial amount to be established is discussed, for some time, by the organizations and communicated later to the CPLP-SE.
Arminda Bragança, from FNE, Portugal, said that it has been a concern for her to find ways to support and finance organizations such as CPLP-SE. In IE it has found receptivity, even though it has not been implemented in projects. He informed of the possibility of Sweden and Germany coming to intervene in Africa, more specifically, in Mozambique. With regard to quotas, they must first be presented and discussed with the union directorates and, only afterwards, can the federations assume responsibilities. He also said that the CPLP-SE exists, being the same due to the interest and enthusiasm of the Secretary-Coordinator, Abel Macedo.
Luís Nancassa, from SINAPROF, Guinea-Bissau, agrees with the contribution, but informed that they are in a complicated financial situation, even saying that the bank account of their structure has a negative balance. Their finances are disorganized, due to systematic delays in paying teachers' salaries, which reach 9 months. The “big fight” currently for teachers in Guinea-Bissau is to have the possibility to receive their wages regularly and on time. He also mentioned that the members of his union organization pay 300 francs per contribution (approximately half a euro? 0.50 €).
Duarte Correa, from CIG-Ensino, Galicia, proposes a deadline for the proposal and the amount to be allocated to CPLP-SE. He also said that the levy is a union principle.
João Pedro Cardoso, from FECAP, from Cape Verde, presented the difficulties that power unleashes to unionization in Cape Verde, a factor that conditions the work of his organization. For a long time they were unable to receive quotas. It was only recently and after duly justifying the end to which these contributions were destined, that they were able to organize themselves. If this is the proposal to materialize, inevitably they will have difficulties in contributing to CPLP-SE, although they have their commitments to IE and Africa up to date.
Roberto Leão, from CNTE, Brazil, said that the existence of quotas is essential, in order to guarantee a minimum functioning of the organization. In his perspective, there may be a contribution close to the amount presented (close to € 3,000), having mentioned that, despite having many partners, they also have a heavy structure. They have responsibilities in 5,560 municipalities, where spending on training and publications stands out, among others.
Cristina, de Castro, from CONTEE, Brazil, endorses the previous intervention, reinforcing the idea that the difficulties in Brazil also exist, namely, those resulting from the disorganization of the various sectors, both in public and private education. He also stressed the lack of an international relations secretariat, which undermines the internal debate to “help” or participate in organizations such as CPLP-SE. Internal issues sometimes make international projects difficult.
At the end of this point, the representative of Engenho & Obra, Alfredo Soares Ferreira, said that CPLP-SE needed a permanent and professional structure. In this regard, he stressed that this structure should approach the CPLP executive secretariat, as well as become a visible presence mark. In his perspective, in the organization of CPLP-SE, it is essential that someone is aware of the possibilities and projects that arise, in order to be able to submit applications for international projects.
After the interventions at this point on the agenda, the Coordinating Secretary Abel Macedo drew the following conclusions: first? without closed indicative values, organizations should place, in a short space of time (preferably 2 months), the amount to contribute. Second? Portuguese organizations have been looking for funding, but this situation can be assumed and sought by everyone else. Third ? the Permanent Secretariat may have to meet, and it is essentially for this reason that a financing fund must exist. Bedroom ? thus, and for now, based on the arguments of the different interventions, six organizations will be net contributors: FENPROF and FNE, from Portugal; CNTE and CONTEE, from Brazil; FTECDCSA, from Angola and CIG-Ensino, from Galicia.
In compliance with point four, the Activity Plan was presented for the three-year period from two thousand and ten to two thousand and thirteen (annex?). The Coordinating Secretary presented the proposal, referring “that the triennium that is now beginning is assumed by all as a time of definitive consolidation of CPLP-SE, both in the organizational plan and in that of external visibility, or at the national level of each organization, either at the CPLP level ”. The Activity Plan has four guiding points, the same: 1. Reinforcing the organizational structure of CPLP-SE; 2. Union training as the first option; 3. Bilateral cooperation and with other union organizations; 4. Our website.
From the proposal and discussion of the Activity Plan, the following interventions should be noted:
Arminda Bragança proposed that the seminar to be held in Mozambique should be close to the month of June 2011, due to the fact that an IE meeting will be held in South Africa. In this respect, one could look for a meeting of dates.
José Laurindo considered point 3 of the Activity Plan to be relevant and said that the CPLP should, together with the IE, press so that the documents of this organization could be extended to the Portuguese language.
The Coordinating Secretary agreed with José Laurindo's suggestion, noting that this position should be extended, not only to working documents, but also in the introduction of Portuguese as a working language. For this, a proposal should be prepared to present at the IE congress, on behalf of CPLP-SE.
The Activity Plan for the 2010/2013 triennium, after being analyzed, was voted unanimously.
The fifth point, Election, pursuant to paragraph b) of article 9 of the Statutes, of the Permanent Commission for the next three years, focused on the election of the governing bodies of the CPLP-SE, for the three-year period from two thousand and ten to two thousand and thirteen.
José Laurindo from FTECDCSA presented availability and added that the Permanent Secretariat should meet at least twice a year and that it should diversify the meeting places. By FECAP, João Pedro stated that his organization was available to remain in the Permanent Secretariat, if that was the will of CPLP-SE. On the ONP / SNPN, Alípio Siquisse added that, to date, they have been in the Permanent Commission, but have not contributed as they would like. The reasons are related to travel inhibiting costs, as well as the current context that crosses that is not conducive to participation.
Thus, and after a brief joint reflection of what the governing bodies of the CPLP-SE should be and at the proposal of the Coordinating Secretary, the following composition of the Permanent Secretariat was unanimously approved: FENPROF and FNE of Portugal, CNTE do Brasil, FECAP Cape Verde and the FTECDCSA of Angola.
Then, the Secretary-Coordinator was elected. By vindication by Arminda Bragança, from FNE, and in order to continue the work carried out, the re-election of the current Secretary-Coordinator Abel Macedo, from FENPROF, was proposed. This proposal was welcomed and unanimously approved.
There being no further business to discuss, the III Conference of the CPLP-SE ended, and these minutes were drawn up, to be signed by the Coordinating Secretary, Abel Macedo, who chaired and for me, José Augusto Cardoso, who secretary, both from FENPROF, from Portugal.
Coordinating Secretary of CPLP-SE
(José Augusto Cardoso)
III Conference Secretariat