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National Workshop on Fundamental Rights of Workers in upcoming New Constitution of Nepal

Organised by Financial Institutes Employees Union of Nepal (FIEUN)

25-26 January 2009


Background

At present, there is a growing trend towards economic globalization. Globalization has promoted economic growth while at the same time; it has caused social problems such as the unequal distribution of income. The vast numbers of developing countries as a whole have remained at a disadvantageous position. As gap between the North and the South widens and disparity between the rich and the poor grows, developing countries have found it more difficult to achieve sustainable development.

Globalization has not only produced political and economic implications for various countries but also brought far-reaching influences on the world trade union movement. All this has captured the wide attention of trade union organizations at national, regional and international levels.

In the process of globalization, neo-liberal economic policies taken by many countries have weakened the foundation of trade unions. Globalization has intensified economic competition among nations. To increase the competitiveness of their products in the global market, many countries have adopted the so-called neo-liberal policy, with one of its key parts being legal restrictions on workers' rights for the sake of higher economic efficiency. As a consequence, trade unions in many countries have lost their rights that they had won through many years of struggle, and their political foundation has increasingly eroded away.

At the same time, neo-liberal policies strongly advocate labour market flexibility, namely, de-regulating labour market and empowering employers in areas of hiring, firing, wage, and use of labour in Nepalese finance sector. As a result, out sourcing, contract system and off souring have become started in in finance sector of Nepal. The workers have not enjoyed adequate protection for their employment, wages, social security and occupational health and safety. Changes in employment patterns have in turn rendered it very difficult for trade unions to organize workers.

The present coalition government is headed by Maoist Party in collaboration with CPN-UML, MJAF and small parties. Nepali Congress has taken a position of opposition party in spite of its second largest position in CA.

Government is heading towards to write constitution for sustainable peace and development, workers also wants their ownership and responsibility, so Trade unions of Nepal started the mass discussion to effective involvement to incorporate workers agendas in upcoming constitution of Nepal.


Considering above political and socio- economic situation FIEUN has conducted one day Thematic Discussion on Fundamental Right of Workers in upcoming New Constitution of Nepal on 25th January 2009, Kathmandu Nepal to achieve following aims and objectives.

Aims

FIEUN, its' leadership and all members has struggled for democracy , Human Rights and Trade Union Rights, so they must know how they can become the major player during the time to write the constitution of Nepal and how we can show our meaningful involvement.

To encourage every members to take a lead to put Trade Union agenda in upcoming constitution in favor for the fundamental Rights for workers and full fledge Democracy in Nepal.

To reduce impacts of Globalization and prepare the leadership to cope with the impacts of Neo Liberalization

Objectives


The main objective of this discussion is to make aware the potential Trade Union Leaders to secure workers Right in upcoming constitution of Nepal, provide Political Education on Socio-economics, Feudalism, Social Unity and Right Sharing.
Mobilization of workers to advocate for Democracy and fundamental rights of working class people.
Discussion on the effects of Globalization, Neo Liberalization to prepare the future strategy.

Inaugural Session

Chief Guest of the Program President of Nepali Congress & Ex Prime Minister Mr. G.P. Koirala inaugurated FIEUN's sixth statutory National convention and National workshop on 25th January in Kathmandu Nepal. Great Democratic Leader Mr. Koirala thanked to all FIEUN members for their active role in peoples movement to reestablished democratic system in Nepal. Koirala added, I started my political career as a trade unionist thus I have an emotional relationship with all of you.

Other special guest Vice President of Nepali Congress Mr Prakash Man Singh, Former Finance Minister Dr Ramsharan Mahat, Governor of Central Bank Mr Deependra Bahadur Chhetri, President and Vice President of Bankers' Association of Nepal., Brother Dev Raj Dahal- FES Nepal, Brother Sharan KC- SASK, President of NTUC and Brother Rajendra Acharya - UNI were also attended and addressed the inaugural session.

Close Session

On the close session, Mr. Kanshiraj Dahal resource person presented a paper on "Fundamental workers rights in new constitution of Nepal ". He highlighted on the constitution making process, technical committees and strategies and role of Trade Union to guarantee the fundamental rights of workers in upcoming new constitution of Nepal. In the other hand there was important discussion on the effects of Globalization, Neo liberalization and global financial crisis in Nepalese finance sector and workers. Brother Rajendra Acharya Program Coordinator of UNI APRO presented a paper on "Neo-liberal economic policies, Multinational companies and Challenges for trade unions". Altogether 700 National delegates and observer actively participated in the discussion. Delegate & observers of 6th National convention of FIEUN took opportunity to gain knowledge about constitution making process of Nepal. They also discussed about the strategies and role of trade union to secured the fundamental rights of workers on the new constitution of Nepal.

Finally workshop recommended to lunch following activities in future days securing the workers rights.

  • An interaction program with leaders of political parties, National centers and members of constitutional Assembly
  • Lobby to political party, National centers and Govt. to make sure a democratic constitution with fundamental rights of workers
  • Mobilization and campaign program to create pressure for workers Rights
 
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