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The Asia Pacific Regional Conference has identified some of the key tasks to deliver a regional strategy for the next four years. These include a regional work programme which shall:
- Research and map the transport industries in the Asia Pacific Region and identify key companies, locations and supply chains ; map the strength of transport unions in the Asia Pacific Region
- Develop a planned, deliverable, monitored four year work programme that prioritises a small number of organising projects for most effectively building union leverage and strength in the region
- Build organising programmes across the transport industries and along supply chains including working with other Global Union Federations.
- Support a sustainable regional organising strategy by developing organising skills and capacity within the region. Utilise this capacity to support both regional and global organising programmes
- Integrate regional priorities and strategies within the global programmes and priorities of the ITF, including their integration into the planning, strategies and programmes of the industry sections.
- Ensure that the issues of women workers and young workers are integrated into the planning and implementation of all programmes
The ITF General Secretary should review ways to strengthen the secretariat's structure and resources in the region, including maintaining and supporting sub regional programmes and activities to deliver the work programme.
The ITF Asia Pacific Womens Conference met on 10-11 May. The meeting brought women transport uniojn representatives together from right across the region. The agenda focussed on identifying key issues for women transport workers; supporting women in gaining positions in the decisionmaking bodies of their unions; and building an ITF Asia Pacific women transport workers' network. The following action points emerged from the meeting:
- Establish an Asia Pacific women’s network, and call upon those unions that have not been able to participate in this Conference to nominate and support a representative to help us progress this work.
- Asia/Pacific region to actively support the ITF and United Nations Anti Violence campaigns.
- Organising and training programs for the region continue to be broadened and enhanced to allow more women to participate.
- ITF and affiliate communication should always ensure that women are visible in any documents, newsletters, flyers or promotional material to ensure that women working in our industry are seen as the norm rather than the exception.
- All efforts to be made by the ITF secretariat and the affiliates to reach, if not exceed, the previously agreed 30% participation target for women in all ITF meetings.
- ITF A/P Affiliates to take measures including implementing gender quotas to increase women’s participation in the decision making bodies of their respective unions.
- Invite our male colleagues to join us at future women’s meetings.
- Endorse the Resolution passed at the Asia Pacific Womens Regional Conference
- Report progress to Regional Committee
Acting General Secretary Stephen Cotton kept his closing message to the Asia Pacific Regional Conference short and clear. The Asia Pacific Region has the fastest growing economies with the biggest workforces we must ensure they have the strongest and most effective unions.We have debated and identified our key challenges; we have identified our action points; now we need to go and implement them. Now we have to do it!
Unions need to reach out to young workers and get them involved. The Asia Pacific Young Workers Committee heard from a number of participants that many young workers do not even know what a union is. Yet young workers are those that most need union protection. For young workers short term contracts and other forms of precarious employment are now the norm. Unions should use facebook and other social networking media as a way to reach young workers and make them aware of their rights. The ITF and its industry sections also need to listen to the concerns of young workers who are faced by unprecedented levels of job insecurity and unemployment.
International Transport Workers Federation
Asia/Pacific Regional Committee (APRC)
APRC CHAIR : Hanafi Rustandi
APRC VICE-CHAIR : Yasumi Morita
APRC VICE CHAIR : Abdul Gani Serang
APRC VICE CHAIR : Rick Burton
Australia Rick Burton
Bangladesh S.M Shafiqur Rahman (Provisional)
Myanmar Aung Thu Ya
Cambodia Nhim Vuth
Fiji Rajeshwar Singh
Hong Kong Kong Chi Chung
India Abdul Gani Serang
Indonesia Hanafi Rustandi
Japan Yasumi Morita
Kiribati Ioteba Tekee
Korea To be decided
Malaysia Zainal Rampak
Maldives Ibrahim Khaleel
Mongolia Erdenbat Sukhbaatar
Nepal Ajay Kumar Rai (First 2 years)
Rajeev Ghimire (Second 2 years)
New Zealand Garry Parsloe
Pakistan Shaikh Mohammad Iqbal (Provisional)
Papua New Guinea Nancy Manga
Philippines German N. Pascua, Jr.
Singapore Tan Boon Toi
Solomon Islands Tony Kagovai
Sri Lanka Leslie Devendra
Taiwan Ma Chau
Thailand Sanan Boon-Ngok
Tonga Robert Tofa
Tuvalu Fepuali Ketiseni
Uzbekistan Shavkat Mongliev
Vanuatu Ephraim Kalsakau
Women Doris Sin Hiu Yan (Hong Kong)
Women Kalpana Desai (India)
Youth To be decided
Paddy Crumlin President – Australia
Yoji Fujisawa Executive Board Member, Japan
Dr. Conrado Oca Executive Board Member, Philippines
Leslie Devendra Executive Board Member, Sri Lanka
Hanafi Rustandi Executive Board Member, Indonesia
Joong Hwan, Lee Executive Board Member, Korea
Koichi Watanabe Executive Board Member, Japan
C.A. Rajashridhar Executive Board Member, India
Mary Liew Executive Board Member, Singapore
Stephen Cotton Acting General Secretary
Mahendra Sharma Regional Secretary