The SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which has been implemented with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare) since fiscal 2011, has entered its fifth year. On the occasion of the project’s start in the current fiscal year, JILAF dispatched a delegation to Kathmandu from April 9 (Thursday) to 16 (Thursday), to hold discussions and coordinate with local people involved in the project.
In Nepal, the project is being implemented by the Central Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting of representatives of the government (the Nepalese Ministry of Employment and Labour), labour (Nepal Trade Union Congress), and management (Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO); the central Management Committee (MC) consisting of only trade unions; and Regional Working Committees (RWCs) consisting of representatives of the government, labour, and management in the districts of Bhaktapur, Parsa, and Morang where the project is being implemented.
In meetings of these committees held during JILAF’s visit, the participants looked back on the achievements and issues of the project in fiscal 2014, clarified once again the duties and role of each committee on the occasion of the start of the project in fiscal 2015, and committed themselves to further accumulating achievements and results by steadfastly executing efforts on the basis of this recognition.
Specific activities in each district in fiscal 2015 include the new organization (networking) of a total of 200 informal-sector workers (known as “network members”); the holding of seminars to provide information about public schemes and other programs contributing to livelihood improvement; the implementation of JILAF-led vocational training to provide technical skills in such fields as sewing, knitting, hairdressing, and candle making; and, for members who cannot undergo this training, the continued implementation of so-called bridging to existing vocational training programs operated by employers’ organizations, local governments, and others. Furthermore, efforts will be made in fiscal 2015 to further strengthen collaboration with the ILO, improve the livelihoods of network members, and promote their switch to formal-sector jobs.
|04/10||Fri||Discussions with local staff|
|04/11||Sat||Expanded Management Committee meeting (MC + RWCs)|
|04/12||Sun||Consultations with the NTUC and ILO|
|04/13||Mon||Meeting of the CAC|