Belgian Luc Cortebeeck elected chairperson of the ILO
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The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has elected former Belgian KAJ (JOC-YCW leader, Luc Cortebeeck, as its Chairperson for 2017-18.

He has also been President of the ILO Workers’ Group and Vice-President of the ILO Governing Body since 2011,

He replaces Dr Ulrich Seidenberger, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations Office at Geneva, who served as Governing Body Chairperson since June 2016.

Luc Cortebeeck looks back at a long career within the trade union movement, both in Belgium and internationally. He is also Honorary President of the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions of Belgium (ACV-CSC).

The Governing Body is the Executive Body of the International Labour Office (the Office is the secretariat of the Organization). It meets three times a year, in March, June and November, and takes decisions on ILO policy, the agenda of the International Labour Conference, and the draft Programme and Budget of the Organization for submission to the Conference. 

Luc began his involvement with the Belgian KAJ during the early 1970s, reviving the movement in the town of Tisselt.
Later he worked for the Christian Trade Union (ACV-CSC), becoming national secretary in 1987 and president in 1999.

In September 2016, he addressed a gathering of alumni of the IYCW-JOCI at Aachen, Germany.