Social Media Attracting Younger Factory Workers
After a workshop earlier this year about union organising through social media, younger workers are more interested in being involved in these activities, reports our Thai project partner, the Rangsit and Area Labour Union Group (RLUG).
After six months of activities, from rallies, meetings, and advocacy to study groups and seminars which focus on organising, two more factory unions have joined RLUG. In addition, strategies to ensure bargaining successes have been developed by an electronics factory union which has identified ‘strong speakers’ and ‘soft speakers’ who work as teams to do research and support the various union demands.
The RLUG member unions cover a wide range of industries including electronics, textiles, medical supplies, bathroom whiteware, aircraft tyres, motorcycle assembly, soft drink manufacturing and security. This UnionAID project will run for a year and aims to build union membership in local factories. Under the project, unions are encouraged to change their rules which prevent migrant and subcontracted workers from joining as members.