Sunday, 17 October 2021

Webinar on ITUC Global Rights Index in the Asia Pacific Region: Putting Workers’ Rights at the centre of COVID-19

5 August 2020

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Meeting ID: 999 8236 4401

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Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the ITUC Global Rights Index 2020 names two worrying trends of breakdown of social dialogue, and systematic attack on democracy by governments as new threats to trade unions. Asia Pacific is the second worst region in the world for workers where serious curbs on fundamental freedoms and civil rights through digital surveillance and clampdowns on free speech have been noted. 


The webinar will focus on the findings pertinent to the Asia Pacific region. Affiliates from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India and the Philippines will speak out about the threats to trade unions and fundamental freedoms, thoughts and actions that could be taken to stop violation of fundamental rights. A guest speaker from the ILO will share the views on the trend and how the ILO Office responds to it through the available tools on standards application to engage the governments. 


Tentative Programme


Introduction: Patuan Samosir, Senior Director, Organising and Projects of ITUC-AP


Opening Remarks: Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary of ITUC-AP


ITUC Global Rights Index: Owen Tudor, Deputy General Secretary of ITUC


The threats to trade unions and fundamental freedoms, thoughts and actions that could be taken in order to stop violation of fundamental rights:


  1. HKCTU Hong Kong, Lee Cheuk Yan
  2. INTUC India, Dr. G. Sanjeeva Reddy
  3. FFW Philippines, Jose Sonny Matula
  4. BFTUC/ITUC-BC Bangladesh, Repon Choudhry


ILO intervention to reverse the trends and uphold fundamental rights and standards with government in the region: Mr. Alain Pelce, Sr. Specialist in ILS and Labour Laws, DWT Bangkok 



1.    SEWA India, Sonia George

2.    SENTRO Philippines, Nice Coronacion


Question and Answer (Q&A)


Closing Remarks: Owen Tudor, ITUC Deputy General Secretary



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