An ACFTU leader said China puts a high premium on developing good neighborly relations with South Asian countries and that the ACFTU is ready to work alongside with trade unions in the area to fight for the interests of workers.
ACFTU Vice-Chair Jiang Guangping made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the China-South Asia Trade Union Leaders’ Seminar held from November 25 to December 2, 2014.
He added that Chinese trade unions and trade unions in South Asian countries enjoy long-term friendship and cooperation. The seminar has created a platform for both sides to explore how trade unions can effectively participate in economic development, share benefits brought about by development and better safeguard workers’ rights.
He said that the Chinese people are working toward the “two centennial goals”, deepening reforms in an all-round way and building a socialist country under the rule of law. However, these tasks would be difficult to accomplish if workers’ rights are not fully protected. He hoped that the Chinese trade unions and trade unions in South Asian countries can work together to realize and develop the interests of workers.
Tuan Mansoor Rahim Rasseedin, Deputy General Secretary of Ceylon Federation of Labor, expressed his gratitude for the warm hospitality the ACFTU accorded to the foreign participants. He said that union leaders from South Asian countries look upon the seminar as an excellent opportunity to enhance exchanges with the Chinese trade unions and share their experience in protecting workers.
Devoted to the theme of Economic Development and Role of Trade Unions and hosted by the ACFTU, the long-week seminar brought together 20 union leaders from 6 South Asian countries, including Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
After the seminar, the visiting union leaders went on a trip to China’s coastal cities of Xiamen and Guangzhou to learn about the trade union movement.
"The entire seminar was very informative and thought-provoking. We have learned a lot," Tuan Mansoor Rahim Rasseedin said.