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Building Union Power by Partnering with Cooperatives

Published Date: 2016-07-28 05:15:26

5 July 2016, Kathamndu Nepal Trade Union Congress, Cooperatives and Skill Development Department has organized interaction workshop and observed the day on the occasion of International Cooperatives Day in Kathmandu. There were several workers cooperatives has been in operation and serving working people with the Union structures in Nepal under NTUC's affiliates and enterprises level. FIEUN Cooperatives and Sanchar Shramik Cooperatives leaders shared their experiences on the issues of Union Organization and Cooperatives Relations and shared the issues and challenges of Unions, Cooperatives. In the workshop session there was an open question on "How can we work together to strengthening the Unions and Cooperatives". Participants have shared their views on importance of cooperatives in union development. Cooperatives are considered as one of the "Tri-Pillar Economic Policy of Nepal".  Nepali Congress Leader of Kathmandu Mr. Krishna (Sabuj) Baniya was the chief guest in the program has shared in his address that cooperatives are the back bone of democratic system and forces in the world of work and politics. Fundamentally, Cooperatives promotes cooperation and unity for the same cause, thus the importance of cooperatives is realized in the trade union development, further he added in his opening remarks. He appreciated the strategies of NTUC to partnership with cooperatives in members' service in every level. Mr. Atmaram Paudel-National Committee Member and coordinator of NTUC Cooperatives and Skill Development Department has chaired the session and assured that NTUC will focus on cooperatives development among workers to strengthening the union power. NTUC vice President Mr. Gansesh Niroula, Vice President (Women) Mrs. Rama Poudel, Treasurer Mr. Yogendra Kunwar were also presented in the workshop and expressed their concerns in cooperatives development. There were 65 participants in the workshops. Mr. Shyam Sundar Sedai Finance and Program Officer of NTUC has coordinated the program.
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