Category: Solidarity, Spring 2010

Solidarity, Spring 2010

Solidarity, Spring 2010

The third issue of Solidarity, the newsletter of the Unions Aotearoa International Development Trust, is available below. Minister asked to look closer Skills training for migrant workers Faceless factories mask illegal practices Film screenings a...

Minister asked to look closer

Minister asked to look closer

“I hope a discussion with the Minister will persuade him of the huge benefit our projects bring to some of the most vulnerable groups of people in our region”. UnionAID Executive Chair Ross Wilson...

Skills training for migrant workers

Skills training for migrant workers

The UnionAID project in Mae Sot is planning to establish an occupational training centre for Burmese migrant workers over the next year, with the first workshop/classroom being built over the next few months. Our...

Faceless factories mask illegal practices

Faceless factories mask illegal practices

It may seem strange, but young Burmese migrant workers on the Thai-Burma border often don’t know the names of the Thai factories where they work. The failure to have signs and names on their...

Film screenings a hit

Film screenings a hit

Nearly 1000 New Zealanders now have a better understanding of the situation in Burma after attending the fund-raising screenings of Breaking the Silence in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin and Nelson. Thanks to the enthusiasm of...

Dark age conditions

Dark age conditions

Although a legal Burmese migrant worker in Thailand is covered by all aspects of Thai labour laws, in practice, they are rarely enforced.  Factory work normally starts at 8am and finishes at 9pm, seldom...

Workers’ co-operatives: building a brighter economic future

Workers’ co-operatives: building a brighter economic future

Encouraging economic development and the independence of workers through co-operatives is an important strategy for the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU). Credit unions encourage members to save for the establishment of small businesses, providing...

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand

The oppression of people in Burma, as well as economic hardship, has caused a major migration of people to surrounding countries, particularly along the Thai border. It is estimated that there are more than...

Comment, Solidarity Spring 2010

Comment, Solidarity Spring 2010

It has been a busy year and one of solid progress for UnionAID as we work to establish ourselves as a credible organisation. For a number of reasons there is a public scepticism about...

Hot off the press

Hot off the press

What’s the story about international development work? Does giving money to groups working in poor countries do good or harm? Why should we care about workers overseas? UnionAID has produced an education kit with...