TSSA has sent fraternal greetings to the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers on the occasion of their 34th Consolidated Convention which is the first since the two unions established a strategic partnership agreement last year.
The IBB (International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers) is a North American trade union which has roots in the railroads and transportation industries.
In February 2020, TSSA and IBB signed a mutually beneficial strategic partnership agreement which committed the unions to "cooperate with each other including sharing organising and educational resources, knowledge, campaigning and communication techniques to help deliver membership growth in both organisations."
In his letter to IBB International President, Newton B. Jones, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes recognised the impact that coronavirus has had since the partnership was established. "We have lost colleagues and comrades to this deadly virus. We have seen lives and livelihoods decimated," he said.
Manuel Cortes paid tribute to "the incredible courage and resilience of front-line workers who have kept our countries moving through the pandemic, serving our communities with pride."
Ahead of appearing by video link at the IBB Convention, Manuel Cortes said:
"I am proud of the connection that our two unions have and so pleased that we were able to welcome you to Britain last February when we signed our mutually beneficial strategic partnership agreement."
He reaffirmed TSSA’s commitment to the partnership with IBB, saying:
"While Covid has prevented so much in the subsequent year and a half, our common desire to see our respective unions grow, remains unchanged.
"We remain committed to cooperation, including sharing resources, knowledge, campaigning and communication techniques to help deliver membership growth in both organisations."
IBB consolidated conventions take place every five years and, this year, it is a virtual affair.