The SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which JILAF has been implementing since fiscal 2011 with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare), has entered its seventh year in fiscal 2017. On the occasion of the start of the project in the current fiscal year, a JILAF delegation visited Kathmandu from April 8 (Saturday ) to 18 (Tuesday) for discussions and coordination with Nepalese counterparts involved in the project.
In Nepal the SGRA project is being steered by the Central Advisory Committee (CAC), which consists of representatives of the government, labour, and management (the Nepalese Ministry of Employment and Labour, Nepal Trade Union Congress [NTUC], and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO); the Management Committee (MC), which consists only of trade unions; and Regional Working Committees (RWCs) consisting of representatives of the government, labour, and management in the districts where the project is being implemented (Bhaktapur, Parsa, and Morang).
At meetings held during the visit, studies and discussions focused on the annual plans based on the project policy confirmed at the fiscal 2016 national workshop held on February 7, 2017, and the content of specific activities. Life Support Seminars (LSS) were held jointly with the ILO in Lalitpur (funded by JILAF) and Morang, and a total of 70 new network members were organized.
At the 1st CAC meeting held on April 11, the participants looked back on the fiscal 2016 four-country meeting of government, labour, and management representatives held in Vientiane, Laos, and then proposed, and unanimously confirmed, an annual activity plan based on the project policy for the current fiscal year. Next, at the 1st Expanded Management Committee (EMC) meeting, after the CAC had delivered a report, the details of JILAF-led vocational training and other matters based on specific project plans compiled by each region where the project is being implemented were proposed and unanimously approved.
The participants voiced opinions concerning such matters as (1) the production of uniforms and such things as political party flags by people who have completed sewing training and their sale through SGRA cooperatives; (2) the strong demand for mobile phone repairs and the content and scale of training; (3) increased flexibility in the number of people able to enroll in training programs (implementation within budgets); and (4) the role of the NTUC headquarters in the government registration of the Morang and Lalitpur cooperatives. The JILAF side added pertinent comments when necessary.
At the Life Support Seminars held in Lalitpur on April 9 and Morang on April 15, which focused on sharing the life-improvement information tool produced jointly with the ILO, a total of 70 new network members (informal-sector workers) in the two districts combined were organized.
|04/10||Mon||Discussions with the NTUC; visits to related parties|
|04/11||Tue||1st CAC meeting; 1st EMC meeting|
|04/12||Wed||School management project|
|04/13||Thu||School management project|