This morning, the NSW branch of TWU passed a conference resolution calling on the ITUC (International Trade Union Congress) to consider affiliation for groups which work to establish union rights in countries which outlaw unions, such as Vietnam.
The Delegates Conference of the Transport Workers Union’s New South Wales branch declared:
“In our region there are countries such as Vietnam and China where independent unions are outlawed, and only state-run unions are allowed. TWU NSW believes that a good way to promote union rights in such countries is to recognise groups advocating for union rights. Accordingly, TWU NSW calls on the international trade union movement, especially the International Trade Union Confederation, to consider admitting such groups as affiliates. The admittance criteria should be about their work in advocating for union rights, rather than whether they have union members – which is prohibited. Admitting such groups as affiliates gives them the recognition they deserve, creates pressure for change of laws outlawing unions, creates pressure on state-run unions to truly represent workers’ interests, and facilitates such advocacy groups receiving help from fellow affiliates.”