Post by Harald - Admin on Jun 5, 2013 16:04:31 GMT 1
How have unions responded to the growth of formal work in new sectors of economy where labor has little or no density? How do you grow membership in new core sectors of the economy where there are also different configurations of employment (i.e. Google, tech industry)? Such configurations would also include changing skill profiles (i.e. academic backgrounds).
¿Cómo han respondido los sindicatos al crecimiento del trabajo formal en los nuevos sectores de la economía donde el movimiento obrero tiene poca o nula densidad? ¿Cómo lograr que crezca la afiliación sindical en los nuevos sectores medulares de la economía donde también existen diferentes configuraciones del empleo (como son Google, y la industria tecnológica)? ¿Estas configuraciones también incluirían perfiles de habilidades que han ido cambiando (como la historia académica y la formación de los trabajadores)?
Como os sindicatos responderam ao aumento de trabalho formal em novos setores da economia em que o movimento sindical tem pouca ou nenhuma presença? Como você aumenta o número de membros em novos setores importantes da economia em que tambem há configurações diferentes de emprego -- por exemplo Google, indústria da tecnologia? Estas configurações também incluiriam mudanças no perfil de capacitação dos trabalhadores (por exemplo, formação acadêmica)
In Nigeria the informing sector is growing due to the informalisation of works that were earlier formal. The huge retrenchment that took place about nine years in the public sector on the name of a policy called Righ Sizing on the Public Sector made many of the retrenched workers engage in informal sector activities. The logic is that the operators in the sector have a high consciousness of unionism and aware that the must have groupings to be able to operate in the sector and to engage government hostile policies.
The trade unions are attempting to move into the sector to formalise these indomal grouping already existing as Associations. This move is predicated on the Nigeria Labour Congress policy decision to unionize one millions more members within two years.
Post by mphoshadrackmaru71 on Jun 9, 2013 11:00:22 GMT 1
This trend where membership of formal workers is compromised through sinister motives of weakening trade unions with the motive of maximizing profits is regressive to the objectives of workers organizations of increasing their membership. The main undoing by the government of Botswana is privatization which has massive support from the National Assembly and that lays off a substantial number of employees and more of these institutions restructure their organizational organography with the intend of downsizing the workforce. In the country trade unions literally survive by check-offs paid through trade union members subscriptions deducted from their monthly subscriptions, therefore if a member ceases to become a permanent employee his/his dues are also terminated, meaning his/her trade union entitlements are compromised. And it is a mammoth task for members to pay their membership dues by directly coming into trade union offices. However efforts were made to visit the concerned workers and made arrangement with financial banks to make some stop-orders transactions as subscription fee to trade unions, and that has worked well so far. That initiative therefore circumvented the likelihood of losing potential members. Still on the matter the union has written a request to the concerned management for a recognition of agreement on matters of collective bargaining, which is legally sanctioned by the government via adoption and ratified labour standards.
Trade unions have therefore extended benefits to such workers, like the funeral schemes, financial assistance, as a way of retaining them in the union. Trade unions also have a well detailed plan of visitations to such work places as a way of maintaining trust and briefing workers about benefits of members. The concerned workers are also invited to commemoration days such as International Workers Day and any other trade union activity that would foster the relationship. The union also give emotional support to such workers, as the union represents them during disciplinary cases. All the interventions by trade union make workers not opt out of trade union membership.
Post by ramoncerteza on Jun 27, 2013 4:35:06 GMT 1
Amidst recent strong economic growth the Philippine government failed to address formidable challenge of trickling down to the poor masses the benefit of relative high growth. Unemployment and underemployment has been on an all-time high since the current administration assume office. The traditional sector that most generated employment has been sidelined by new emerging services sector and informality of work where most of the workers are being abused and exploited. Needless to say that the structural causes of poverty has never been addressed by posturing good economic fundamentals, worst, its gains are being undermined as market-oriented policies take primacy over the welfare and rights of workers. Precarious type of employment has been rampant and exacerbated that workers are being deprived most of their rights at work. Take for example employees in the business process outsourcing and back office where more than 90% are under temporary contract and no job security. This sector and other new industry segment are of the same character of informality and precariousness. This has contributed to the continue and steady decline of union density as formal labor shrinks.
Trade unions are being challenged by these worrying development and need to arrest the attack on workers rights. Unions rethinks of new frontier and strategies of addressing membership campaign and bring into the union fold workers into those into informal type of employment. Such measures varies from engaging policy reform to concrete and direct action such as organizing informal sector workers and forming industry worker alliances.