Labor Notes Regional Conference: Building International Solidarity and Defending Labor Activists in Asia

Date: 

Friday, August 16, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, August 18, 2019 (All day)

Location: 

The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei
No. 160, Section 3, Ren'ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan

會議地址:台北福華大飯店
台北市仁愛路三段160號
電話: +886 2 27002323
網址: http://www.howard-hotels.com.tw/taipei/home/

Across Asia, multinational corporations are pushing an agenda of outsourcing, subcontracting, and short-term contracts to minimize their responsibility for labor rights violations and to keep out independent, democratic unions. Throughout the region, millions of migrant workers have few legal protections and face precarious employment and unsafe positions. Migrant fishers and domestic workers frequently face not only institutional discrimination, but also sometimes physical abuse and sexual harassment at the hands of their employers. Despite mass dismissals, the risk of arrest, and increasing restrictions on civil society, workers and grassroots labor organizations continue to fight back and advocate for workers' rights.

This regional conference in Taipei City, Taiwan, will bring together labor activists from across Asia for skill-building workshops, strategy discussions, and cross-sector networking. It is a great opportunity for experienced and emerging rank-and-file union and labor activists to share and learn organizing approaches, discuss strategies around defending workers and labor activists under threat, and strengthen existing and build new cross-sector and international solidarity necessary to confront global capitalism.

The list of workshops is in formation. Workshop topics may include:

  • Labor Notes' Secrets of a Successful Organizer (which has been translated into Japanese and Traditional and Simplified Chinese) and Troublemakers’ School trainings
  • Organizing strikes in Asia
  • Labor migration and forced labor in the seafood industry and domestic work
  • Organizing in high tech and service industries like electronics, call centers and sanitation workers
  • Challenging informal, seasonal, and precarious work in palm oil plantations, food chain work and higher education
  • Cultivating women workers’ leadership, addressing gender-based violence, and the #metoo movement in Asia
  • Campaigning around occupational health and safety
  • Building networks and solidarity with workers and groups facing repression
  • Organizing in the context of Chinese foreign investment under Belt and Road Initiative
  • Challenges to CSR and bargaining in the global economy
  • Strategic corporate research and building transnational campaigns

The conference will be held with simultaneous interpretation provided between Mandarin Chinese and English, and conference organizers will work with participating groups to arrange interpretation in additional languages.

Conference venue and hotel information will be announced soon.

Click here to apply to attend.

This conference is co-sponsored by Labor Notes and the International Labor Rights Forum.

For questions or more information, please contact labornotesinasia2019 [at] gmail.com (subject: Labor%20Notes%20Asia%20Regional%20Conference) (Kevin Lin) at the International Labor Rights Forum.


勞工筆記(Labor Notes)亞洲地區會議
建立國際勞工團結 保證亞洲地區勞工運動者

時間:8月16日(週五)到8月18日(週日)

台北,台灣

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在亞洲,跨國企業經常通過外包、分包、短期合同制等方式來逃避他們在勞工侵權問題中的責任,並以此來避免獨立民主的工會和勞工組織的對抗。整個亞洲地區有數百萬的移民工是幾乎沒有法律保護的,他們面臨著不穩定的就業狀況,同時從事著高風險的工作。随季节迁移的漁民,以及家務勞動的承擔者的情況也不儘樂觀,他們所遭遇的不只是制度性歧視,還有來自他們雇主的身體虐待和性騷擾。然而,儘管面臨大規模解僱危機,逮捕的風險,以及越來越多對於公民社會的限制,工人和基層勞工組織仍然堅持在反抗運動的前線,積極倡導著勞動者的權利。

此次在台灣舉辦的區域性會議,將亞洲地區的勞工運動者聚集一堂,共同商討運動策略,進行跨領域合作,以及開展技能培訓的研討會。這對於普通工會成員和勞工運動的積極份子來說都是一個絕佳的機會:我們可以分享和學習組織運動的方法,研究保護受威脅工人和勞工運動者的策略,建立和加強跨行業和國際的合作,來對抗全球資本主義浪潮。

研討會的具體安排尚未確定,大致會涵蓋如下主題:
勞工筆記(Labor Notes)發布的《成為一個成功的組織者的秘訣》(目前已被翻譯成日語和簡/繁體中文)以及Troublemakers’ School系列培訓材料
在亞洲的罷工組織行動
漁業和家務勞動中的勞工移民和強迫勞動問題
在高科技行業和服務業(如電子行業、客服業、環境衛生業)組織勞工運動
如何面對棕櫚油種植業、連鎖餐飲業、高等教育業中的非正式工、季度工、臨時工問題
培養女性工人的領導力,解決性別暴力問題,以及在亞洲的#me too 運動
圍繞職業健康和職業安全進行的宣傳行動
組織並團結受迫害的工人和群體
“一帶一路”背景下的中國海外投資的勞工組織問題
全球經濟下的企業談判
企業戰略研究,以及組織跨國運動

本次會議將提供普通話和英文的同聲傳譯,同時,會議組織者也將協助參會團體安排其它語言的口譯服務。

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如有疑問,或需了解更多信息,請聯繫國際勞工權利論壇的labornotesinasia2019 [at] gmail.com (Kevin Lin) at labornotesinasia2019 [at] gmail.com

本會議由勞工筆記(Labor Notes)以及國際勞工權利論International Labor Rights Forum)聯合舉辦