Kathmandu, GEFONT Vice President Cde. Ramesh Badal has said that a divided and separate trade union movement cannot change the lives of workers. He believed that unified and systematic work of the unions could bring the change and benefit of the working class.
Speaking at the fourth conference of ITUC Asia Pacific held in Tokyo, Japan on October 7-9,. Cde. Badal the head of GEFONT’s foreign department congratulated the ITUC AP continue efforts for social justice and dignity through the ILO Centennial Declaration. Stating that the Nepalese Trade Union Movement has a long history of struggle for the establishment of democracy in Nepal, He said that trade unions have been working hard in the political and social movements to build a society of justice and equality.
Vice-President Badal said that the union movement of Nepal, which started joint work since 2000 and in 2006 cooperating with the big trade unions of Nepal ITUC affiliates through the ITUC- NAC. United all the trade unions of Nepal with the slogan “Unity in Diversity” after 2009 and united them at the Joint Trade Union Coordination Center (JTUCC).
He informed that the workers had achieved many achievements since its establishment.He also said that GEFONT is proud of the work done by its initiation.
Stating that after the third convention of ITUC AP held in Kochi in 2015 was important for the Nepalese Trade Union Movement, he said that the Constitution of Nepal secured the fundamental rights for workers and included social security as well as trade union rights as fundamental rights.
Meanwhile, he said that the minimum wage has been increased by 39 percent, but for effective implication trade unions are constantly trying to solve it through social dialogue. Contribution based Social security system & labor act has been implemented since last year to cover all workers.
Vice President Badal said that the schemes like Medicare, Maternity Protection, Dependent Family benefit , Accident and Disability Protection and old age protection have been put forward. He further said the trade unions are working hard for its effective implementation.