Trade Unions need to strengthen themselves: TWARO

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Puducherry, Sep 26(UNI) Shimada, President of the Textile Workers Asian Regional Organisation(TWARO) today said trade unions should take more steps to strengthen themselves.

Inaugurating a two-day 52 Executive Committee meeting of TWARO here, he said in many Asian countries fragmentation of unions, lack of control or weak leadership at national level and lowering union organising rates could be seen.

Mr Shimada said the trade unions were on the defensive against globalisation and Multinational companies. They need to indulge in self-interospection and their activities should meet the members requirements, he added.

He said despite steps taken by International Trade Union Confederation and Global Union Federation, among others, the workers plight have not improved. Textile garments and Leather Industries workers were the worst affected in the current scenario, he added.

The TWARO President said in order to strengthen unity among trade unions and to improve the working conditions of the workers domestically and internationally, utmost solidarity and constant coordination were the need of the hour. Many Governments would like to dispense with trade unions to attract Foreign Direct Investment(FDI), he alleged.

Speaking on the occasion, Noriyuki Suzuki, General Secretary of the recently formed International Trade Union Confederation(ITUC) Asia Pacific said Trade Unions should create congenial atmosphere for Women and unorganised workers in the mainstream movements.

Mr Susuki said trade unions should take steps to protect the unorganised workers, especially women and youth by making use of labour laws. The campaign for adequate social safety nets, proper Taxation, Fiscal policy and environment protection should be strengthened, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy called upon trade unions to ensure the development of the Industries. Several entrepreneurs were inclined to set up their units here because of the favourable atmosphere in Union Territory, Mr Rangasamy added.

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