TUPI-GEFONT host Clean Clothes Campaign Network Meeting

March 05- Trade Union Policy Institute of GEFONT (TUPI-GEFONT) hosted Clean Clothes Campaign Network Meeting during 1-3 March 2016, in Kathmandu Nepal with the objective to discuss & share lessons learned from Campaigning as well as to design future strategies.

Inaugurating the Meeting Chief Political Advisor of Prime Minister & GEFONT President Cde. Bishnu Rimal said "Recently US Government has declared to provide Quota & tax free status for 66 items including RMG, so we are optimistic that Garment sector of Nepal can grow in future." He added Employers are demanding for Special Economic Zones and we trade unions have no problem with it but we will not compromise against labour rights.

He also briefed about the Country situation after Earthquake disaster of April 25,   2015 and India Nepal border blockade. He said now blockade is open but life is not still normal as it will take some more time.

During the Meeting, different parallel panel discussions were held and participants from CCC Network shared their experiences on demanding & implementing international standards for workplace injury & also discussed Strategies for demanding justice for workplace victims.

Mr. Mojtaba Kazazi, Executive Commissioner for Rana Plaza Arrangement Presented about compensation schemes for Rana Plaza & Tazreen Victims.  Mr. Gagan Rajbhandari, Deputy Director, ILO Dhaka presented the ILO work in Bangladesh. Ms.  Yesim Yasin, from Turkish Solidarity Committee of Sandblasting Labourers; presented campaign against jeans sandblasting.  Likewise various speakers gave their Inputs on relevant issues of the Meeting.

During the final session, the meeting reviewed the recommendations and suggestions from participants & proposed priorities for the Clean Clothes Campaign network to move  forward.

Speaking in the Closing Session of the program, Cde. Umesh Upadhyaya, Executive Director of TUPI-GEFONT thanked all the participants for their active role in Clean Cloth Campaign Network.  He briefed about the TUPI and its future plan, which is new structure of the GEFONT. He shared GEFONT work as partner of CCC Network a decade ago and hope now after US declaration for tax free & Quota Garment sector may boost in Nepal again.  He extended solidarity for the CCC  Network & its future work.

Mr.  Tanne de Goei, Ms.   Sam Maher & Mr.  Thiruvalluvar Yovel from Clean Cloth Campaign facilitated the Meeting.  48 participants representing TUs of  Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar who are in the CCC Network including Resource persons from IndustriALL Global Union – Belgium, WSM- Belgium,  ECCHR - Germany, AMRC  – Honkong,  CCC-Italy,  Switzerland, Denmark, Tukey, ILRF-USA &  Clean Clothes Campaign.

The meeting was followed by CCC New Network Structure and Coalitin Building- South Asia Consultation Process Meeting on 3-4 March 2016.

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