Víctor Báez
Deputy General Secretary

Víctor Báez Mosqueira was born in Asunción, Paraguay, in 1956. His experience as a unionist and public person goes back to the 1970s when he was fighting against Alfredo Stroessner´s dictatorship in Paraguay and founded the Trade Union of Bank Employees, of which he was the General Secretary for more than 10 years.

From 1983 to 1989 he was the auditor of the IRO-FIET (now UNI-Americas). He was the General Secretary of the Inter-Union Movement (MIT) in Paraguay from 1985 to 1989, an organisation that operated under the repression of the dictatorship.

After the fall of the Stroessner’s regime, the MIT became the Unitary Workers’ Center (CUT) of Paraguay. He was the first president of the CUT from 1989 to 1993.

Báez was one of the founders of the Southern Cone Trade Union Coordinating Body (CCSCS) in 1986, whose objective was to support the workers in countries under dictatorship (Chile and Paraguay at that time).

In 1991 he was elected by popular vote as a member of the Constitutional Assembly that elaborated the Paraguayan Democratic Constitution.

He was elected at the ORIT XIV Congress as Secretary of Economic and Social Policies, and he shared management responsibilities with Luis Anderson (the General Secretary).

In 2008 Báez played a key role in the creation of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA/CSA), formed with the merger of the Inter-American Regional Organization of Workers (ORIT) and the Latin American Central of Workers (CLAT). He was elected as TUCA’s General Secretary at the Founding Congress in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

In December 2018 he was elected Deputy General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) based in Brussels, Belgium.