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Rangsit and Area Labour Union Activity Not Stopped by COVID-19

The lockdown in Thailand has not prevented union leaders from starting a new ambitious UnionAID funded project. Trialling a video link, they have run their first of twenty study groups, in this case to prepare factory workers for their upcoming negotiations with their medical supplies company. Other planned topics include how to engage youth and …

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Young Leaders Work to Prevent COVID Spread

With their everyday work activities on hold, several of our young leaders have initiated practical strategies in response to the Covid-19 outbreak in their home countries. In Indonesia, Rosa  is working with her local team to install hand-washing facilities in public places in Nagakeo. Her NGO, WISE, is also providing emergency medical assistance to hospitals …

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Lockdown in Tamil Nadu Pushing Informal Workers to the Edge

The vulnerability of India’s 450 million informal workers has been exposed as the nation entered a 21-day lockdown in March. These men and women rely on their day-to-day earnings to support their families with little opportunity to save and no government welfare to support them. For these working people a 21-day lockdown presents them with …

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Geopolitics a Tough Topic At Myanmar Young Leaders Conference

High profile speakers on geopolitics, including our Ambassador Steve Marshall, had alumni enthralled at the alumni conference in Bagan recently. Myanmar is rich in resources and with a number of powerful neighbours, tensions over the exploitation of minerals and other natural resources by other countries are a common concern, particularly for minority groups who are …

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Manohari Doss’ Leadership Recognised

Manohari Doss, leader of the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU), has been recognised as one of seventeen transformative Asia Pacific women leaders at the UN – ESCAP, Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference, in Bangkok this November. She was invited to speak as a panellist at the launch of the report “Pathways to Influence: Promoting the Role …

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Union Project Builds Momentum in Rangsit

By using a wide range of thoughtful strategies, the Rangsit and Area Labour Union Group (RLUG) can boast significant successes in building the union and improving lives. Over the past year under the UnionAID funded project in Thailand, RLUG has: signed up three new unions increased membership to 60% in five of their nineteen unions …

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Children’s voices inform education policy

At a unique workshop organised by TNLU recently for both children and their teachers, children from the evening education centres were asked about their likes and dislikes. They identified their top likes as grandparents, parents, and family members; to be loved, cared for, and shown affection; and to play games, dance and act – like …

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Utensil Workers Cooperative Improving Safety

In the stifling heat and noise, utensil makers in Madurai spend long days hammering designs onto pots. Many of these men have done this work for decades and risk accumulated hearing loss, respiratory problems and other injuries. But things are changing for the better. Since forming a co-operative this year they have made significant improvements …

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