On the occasion of the start of activities in the fourth year of the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which began under commission from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare), a JILAF delegation visited the capital of Bangkok and Khon Kaen in the northeastern part of Thailand from April 22 (Tuesday) to 30 (Thursday) to hold discussions and coordinate with local people involved in the project.
In Thailand the SGRA project is being implemented by the Central Promotion Committee (PC; the policy-making body), consisting of representatives from the Thai government (Ministry of Labour), labour (Thai Council of the International Trade Union Confederation, or ITUC-TC), and management (Employers’ Confederation of Thailand), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and nongovernmental organization Sikkha Asia, and, as activity-promoting bodies, the Central Working Committee (WC), the Northern Working Committee (NWC), the Enlarged Working Committee (EWC), and, from the current fiscal year, the Khon Kaen Working Committee (KWC), which will make preparations to expand the project to the Khon Kaen district.
During the visit, the first meeting of the PC was held, at which participants confirmed the fiscal 2014 project policy and specific activities. Participants also expressed their unified determination to further strengthen cooperation among related parties with the aim of developing an even more independent and self-supporting project in Thailand.
In the current fiscal year the Thai SGRA project will actively conduct a follow-up on the approximately 500 informal-sector workers who have been organized up to the end of fiscal 2013 (“network members”); add a total of about 180 new network members in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Khon Kaen; hold Life Support Seminars for them to provide information contributing to livelihood improvement; promote bridging to vocational training schemes implemented by the Thai government and the Employers’ Confederation of Thailand; and establish, register, and manage cooperative societies to serve as the basis of mutual aid.
|04/24||Thu||1st Khon Kaen Working Committee Meeting|
|04/26||Sat||1st PC Meeting|
|04/27||Sun||1st EWC Meeting|