A workshop on Trade Union Training on Social Security for All was held in Beijing from 12 to 16 May 2014. It was organized by the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities and International Training Centre (ACTRAV/ITC-ILO) in cooperation with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, co-host of the training programme. A total of 19 participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam and 7 participants from the ACFTU attended the training workshop.
The workshop aimed to contribute to the technical capacities of trade union representatives to promote social security for workers as part of the unions’ Decent Work Agenda. Through the workshop activities, the participants had opportunities to study and share experiences on key issues facing trade unions in Asia, including employment, social protection and the extension of social security systems. The workshop covered various aspects of social protection and social security systems, the ILO Social Protection Floor initiative, the ILO Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102), and current debates surrounding reforms of social security laws and schemes. Participants also discussed trade union strategies and developed proposals for follow-up action to promote social security for all as an integral part of the Decent Work Agenda of the trade unions in their countries.
With the support of Beijing Municiple Federation of Trade Unions, the participants also got to visit the Beijing Workers Service Center, which is the headquarters of the tri-level service system advocated by Beijing Municiple Federation of Trade Unions. The chief officials of different desks on legal assistance, job introduction, vocational training and social insurance schemes briefed the participants the main engagements and accomplishments of the Center in promoting social protection for workers and employers in Beijing.
Launched in May 2013, this is the second programme organized by the ACFTU in collaboration with ACTRAV/ITC-ILO. The workshop is one of a series of programmes within the framework of South-South Cooperation involving ILO-ACTRAV and the ACFTU, which aims to strengthen trade union capacity building in the Asia-Pacific Region. In organizing activities of this kind, the ACFTU seeks to create a platform in the region for exchanging and updating information among trade unions, and to build up solidarity in the regional labour movement.