The International Solidarity Meeting Concludes with Trade Union Roadmap for reconstruction
Published Date: 2015-09-06 10:04:03
Kathmandu The two days International solidarity meeting with the slogan “Reconstruction: By Creating Decent Jobs” was concluded today. More than 100 Delegates from national and international trade unions were participated in the program and discussed on the reconstruction of Nepal post the earthquake of April 25. The meeting was inaugurated by the constriction of Darahara which was broken by the killer earthquake. Hon,ble Labour and Employment State Minister Tek Bahadur Gurung inaugurated the meeting and said it is important to come to conclusion about the roadmap of reconstruction from the meeting and work in solidarity to achieve it. Mr. Jaap Weinen, Deputy General-Secretary of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said, "ITUC not only expressed solidarity message in words but also tried to provide as much relief materials as possible through its member affiliates. He also pointed out the need to guarantee jobs for those Nepali workers who lost their jobs due to earthquake. He expressed faith in Nepali workers and said they can rebuild Nepal; he also expressed commitment on behalf of ITUC to provide all kinds of support for reconstruction" during his inaugural session speech. Mr. Khila Nath Dahal, President of Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) was elaborated about the damages done by earthquake and its effect on workers. He also stressed the need for partnership and solidarity for reconstruction he wished for the success of the meeting during his speech. Mr. Salikaram Jammarkattel, President of All Nepal Trade Union Federation chaired in the inaugural session of meeting and said the preliminary draft has cut down rights of the workers which were already adopted by previous CA and requested CA to correct this wrong. Mr. Bishnu Rimal, President of General Federation of Nepalese Trade Union (GEFONT) was done the MC during the meeting and stressed on the need to upgrade the skill and capacity of the workers to mobilize them effectively for reconstruction. He further said the migrant returnee workers, who possess high skills and capacity, should be utilized for reconstruction. Different expert (National planning commission member Dr. Swarnim Wagle, former vice president of the commission and former governor of Nepal Rastra bank Dr. Dipendra Bahadur Chhetri and Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada and Researcher Uddhavraj Poudel) were presented their paper during the business session and made a final roadmap for Nepal's reconstruction and development and concludes the meeting with press meet. First Session moderated by Ms. Bida Pandey, ILO Governing body member and President of NTUC and ANTUF were moderated the session during the business session. General-Secretary of South Asian Regional Trade Union Council (SARTUC) Mr. Laxman Basnet, Senior office of ILO/ACTRAV Mr. Pong-Sul Ahn, Divisional Director of ITUC-AP Mr. Parayarikkal Haridasan, Dr. Rajeev Sharma, Mr. Raman Kannan, Mr. Rajendra Acharya, Mr. Buddhi Acharya, Mr. Mahendra Sharma, Ms. Shahnaz were share their idea during the session of "Issues of Reconstruction and Decent Work Agenda" Likewise Dr. Swornim Wagle, Member of NPC, Mr. Jose Assalino, Director of ILO Country Office Nepal, Mr. Pashupati Muraraka, President, Federation of Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hon,ble Tek Bahadur Gurung, Labour Minister of Nepal were share their idea during the "Creating Decent Jobs: Trade Union Roadmap to Reconstruction" Hon,ble Labour and Employment State Minister Tek Bahadur Gurung, ITUC Deputy General Secretary Jaap Weinen, Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) President Khilanath Dahal, GEFONT President Bishnu Rimal, and All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF) President Shalikram Jammarkattel are signed in the roadmap document. Chairman of Employers’ Council under the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) Shekhar Golchha, ILO Nepal Director Mr. Jose Asalino, on the behalf of global union federation Mr. Mahendra Sharma and on the behalf trade union support organization (TUSSO) Mr. Dev Raj Dahal signed in the roadmap as witness.