Organising Trade Unions in the private sector and eliminating asbestos related diseases in Lao PDR
Within this context, in 2016, Lao Federation of Trade Unions and Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA jointly designed and piloted a model for organizing in the private sector. The success of the pilot model in evaluations resulted in the project being scaled up and implemented in three provinces between 2018 and 2021. The project focus was to build the capacity of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions to organize within the rapidly expanding private sector and, through organised labour, improve the rights and conditions for private sector workers.
During the past year, despite the impact of COVID 19, the Lao Federation of Trade Unions increased private sector membership by 1952 workers (including 971 women), conducted 39 occupational safety and health trainings, established 38 new unions and improved working conditions through 7 collective bargaining agreements.
“It was rare for LFTU to have international union networks before APHEDA came along…. Good support from unionists in Australia allows APHEDA to continue its good work overseas…. continue to play a key role in assisting union building in countries like Laos…”
Madam Chongchit, senior leader of the LFTU
“We won’t stop here. We will recruit more and more members!”
Kamphat, LFTU Union Organiser
Support worker's rights in Laos and beyond!
Around the world, workers are organising to build their collective power at work and in their communities. By becoming a member of Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA, you will be contributing towards projects like this that give unionists the knowledge, skills, and power to defend their rights.