“Building Democratic and Women Friendly Unions”

OLA Reports from Kathmandu, Nepal by Director of CLASS Nepal TJ Khadka

CLASS Nepal “Building Democratic and Women Friendly Trade Unions” for Nepalese Trade Union Leaders by from July – September 2013

“Trade Union Democracy” and “Women Friendly Trade Unions” have been important issues for trade union development in many countries. Therefore IFWEA, in association with Olof Palme International has been supporting trade union members to strengthen the global trade union movement through its online courses from 2011. During this year CLASS Nepal designed a 6 week online 30 hour course on “Building Democratic and Women Friendly Trade Unions”. The course ran in Nepal from middle July to early September.

Twenty eight  trade unionists, both male and female, are attended this course from 7 different trade union national centers, and 5 different national federations. The course was based on accessing the onine hybrid system regularly and meeting face to face three times. This is the first time that this course is being introduced in Nepal and participants were very excited to be part of it. It is expected that it will show a path to the unions for preparing and adopting their future internet based training, and education strategies to develop their unions in a democratic and women friendly manner. The informal sector has been significantly increasing in the global labour market and large numbers of those workers are not covered by trade unions, thus this course will help unions to grow effectively, and members can get benefits.

Mid-Term Review Workshop

The meeting with the OLA course co-tutors was held on 21st March, 2014 at CLASS Nepal. Ten participants from the first stage are selected as the co-tutors , who will be assisting the core team for facilitating the course. The meeting included the co-tutors, along with the course developers, and the core team of CLASS Nepal. The overall OLA course, its structure and the roles and responsibilities of the co-tutors was highlighted. During the meeting, intensive discussions was done as how to make the OLA course more effective with recommendations tabled.