Sunday, 17 October 2021

Webinar Series – Decent work for all: A post-COVID union agenda

22 July 2020

After the pandemic: Visions for new economic and social systems"


The unprecedented global health and economic crisis demonstrates failures of our economic, social and political system, in particular, deficits of decent work with social justice, democracy and multilateralism being undermined.


Especially, workers in Asia and the Pacific, with high and persistent decent work deficits, have been hit extraordinarily hard: Hundreds of millions have lost their jobs without social protection, and many essential and vulnerable workers are exposed to major risks to their health and livelihoods. Human and trade union rights have been violated and working conditions have been further deteriorated under the pretext of the pandemic.


Therefore, decent work should be at the centre of recovery and reconstruction process from the pandemic towards a new and better post-COVID truly inclusive, sustainable and resilient. Trade unions must play a vital role in this successful transformation with clear visions for new and better economic and social systems.


The ITUC – Asia Pacific, together with the FES Asia, has organised a webinar series every Wednesday from 24 June 2020 for 5 weeks to discuss the agenda for trade unions and social justice across the Asia-Pacific region. 


Each session would provide an important venue to discuss about the different pathways and facets of a just and equitable future for workers during and after the pandemic together with union leaders, policy makers and experts.


Register now to join us on 22 July at 4pm Singapore Time (SGT)  

for our final session on After the pandemic: Visions for new economic and social systems".





Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation – Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP)





U Maung Maung is the President of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM). He was the founding member of the Myanmar Germs Mining Union in 1988 when he was forced to leave his country due to his struggle for workers’ rights and democracy. During his exile in Thailand, he relentlessly continued his struggle for workers in Myanmar at the international and regional levels with the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (‘CTUM’ now) established in 1991. In 2012, after 23 years exile, Maung Maung returned to Myanmar. His struggle has never stopped there. In 2015, 3 years after returning home, the CTUM was officially recognised as the federation to represent all Myanmar by the government of Myanmar. He is the foremost expert and authority on human and labour rights in Myanmar, well recognised internationally.

Farzana Nawaz is
an independent consultant working on labour rights in South and South-East Asia. Her areas of expertise include working conditions in apparel supply chains, migration, future of work and good governance. Farzana has worked on capacity development of women-led grassroots labour rights organizations in the garment sector in Bangladesh. As a consultant, she is currently supporting the development of Laudes Foundation’s Labour Rights portfolio in South-East Asia. Farzana is also a member of the FES working group on women and the future of work, which investigates the impacts of digitalization and automation on women across the Asia-Pacific region. 


Kindly be informed that we will send you the invitation link for the Zoom session via your registered mail.


For any question or clarification about the session please do not hesitate to contact Francis Upgi Kim (, Director for Economic and Social Policy, ITUC-AP.



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