Strong communications can boost activities in Asia-Pacific, unions say

Strong communications can boost activities in Asia-Pacific, unions say

Press release | Bangkok | 20 April 2015
New communication strategy and skills are needed to mobilise and organize workers in the Asia and Pacific region, according to the conclusions of a regional workshop on communication, organized by the ILO’ Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV) under the ACTRAV-ACFTU South-South cooperation .

Participants shared best practices on how to use new technology and communication in their countries and discussed the challenges they face to mobilise and organise workers.

Representatives from 30 unions addressed several topics related to communication such as: online campaigns, advocacy, writing skills, making videos and designing communication strategies.

Participants welcomed the existence of training activities for trade unions to improve and implement communication skills in the region. In addition, they also called for more resources to be made available. They also supported the creation of more publications on communication to strengthen unions’ activities to mobilise and organize workers in the Asia and Pacific region.

The regional workshop was held in Bangkok (Thailand) from 15 to 17 April 2015. It brought together union leaders, ILO and ACFTU representatives.