Fonds F0508 - International Commission for the Co-ordination of Solidarity Among Sugar Workers (ICCSASW) fonds

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International Commission for the Co-ordination of Solidarity Among Sugar Workers (ICCSASW) fonds

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ca. 6.5 m of textual records
ca. 3000 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm and smaller
8 slides
ca. 250 microfiches
8 videocassettes : Betamax
31 videocassettes : VHS
21 videocassettes : Video 8
56 audiocassettes
embossing seal, 2 plaques, 1 conference ribbon
6 posters : blockmounted and folded ; 56 x 43 cm and smaller
17 drawings : pencil and ink

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The International Commission for Coordination of Solidarity Among Sugar Workers (ICCSASW) was an ecumenical church-sponsored organization founded in 1983. It emerged from the work begun by GATT(General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade)-Fly, an inter-church initiative for an alternative trade policy. GATT-Fly’s initial focus was the sugar trade, chosen and researched as a case study of the impact of international trade policy on developing countries. GATT-Fly’s efforts to bring about an International Sugar Agreement (to provide a fair return to sugar exporting countries) were unsuccessful, however their research and network building linked Canadian missionaries in sugar exporting countries with local workers’ organizations. This led in 1983 to the creation of ICCSASW, financed largely by church overseas development agencies. Based in Toronto, Canada, ICCSASW had a 10-member international steering committee of sugar union leaders.

ICCSASW aimed to provide an independent forum and build solidarity among workers across the political spectrum, through solidarity campaigns, national and regional seminars, international conferences and its monthly newsletter “Sugar World.” In 1998, ICCSASW ceased to exist due to lack of funding, although much of ICCSASW’s work has continued under the Geneva-based International Union of Food Workers (IUF), a trade secretariat. A more detailed administrative history and a list of contents written by ICCSASW executive secretary, Reg McQuaid, have been added by the archivist to file 2006-060/001(01) “Historical notes from the executive director about ICCSASW and SWIERL [Sugar Workers and Industry Education Resource Library]”.

Custodial history

When the ICCSASW closed in 1998, custody and control of the records was taken over by the Sugar Workers and Industry Education Resource Centre. Reg McQuaid, who was executive secretary of the ICCSASW, served as secretary to the board. The files were moved to various storage locations between 1998 and 2006, when they were donated to CTASC.

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Fonds consists of administrative and organizational files pertaining to the activities of the International Commission for the Coordination of Solidarity Among Sugar Workers (ICCSASW), particularly with regard to national and regional seminars, international sugar workers conferences and solidarity campaigns. It also contains committee meeting minutes, financial records, fundraising files, correspondence with unions and other organizations, newsletters, photographs, videos, taped interviews and publications related to ICCSASW activities. The fonds also includes some items from the Sugar Workers and Industry Education Resource Library (SWIERL).

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Donated by the Sugar Workers and Industry Education Resource Centre in 2007.


The fonds has been arranged in eighteen series, reflecting the received arrangement of the material, which was organized roughly chronologically by ICCSASW executive secretary, Reg McQuaid. Series descriptions were provided by the donor.

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  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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Files containing the personal information of third parties are restricted. Inquiries should be directed to the University Archivist. See file level notes.

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See the Latin American Working Group fonds (F0463) and the records of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) (F0038) for related material.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2006-060. No further accruals are expected.

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CTASC acknowledges the work performed by ICCSASW executive secretary, Reg McQuaid in preparing the materials for donation. Scope and content information at all levels was created with his assistance.

ICCSASW was also known by its Spanish name, La Comisión de Coordinación para la Solidaridad entre los Trabajadores Azucareros del Mundo (CCSTAM).

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2018/08/02 L. Curtis. Created.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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  • English


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