The region with the world´s highest economic growth is home to more than 50% of its population and 66% of the poor people of the planet. In particular, 60% of workers have vulnerable employment, and more than 15% of the population have poor access to food. The impacts of climate change and environmental degradation only increase the vunerability of hundreds of millons that live in the region.
The potential for the development of a sustainable economy is huge - efforts are being made. However, it is crucial to ensure that equity, justice and a rights based approach guide this transition, improving the life of all people that are excluded.
In Sustainlabour we work together with trade union organizations in the region to promote the search for alternatives, from a trade union perspective and committed to a sustainable development that guarantees the right to a healthy environment that ensures decent living conditions for all.
During 2010 we worked with 41 trade unions in 12 different countries with a total of 84 participants in the training activities held in Bangladesh with TUC UK and in the Philippines with the Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI).
Take a look at our activities to find out more about our work in this region.
The constant increase in the production of chemicals, the strong lobby that displays a powerful industry to oppose regulation, the lack of knowledge and responsibility from industries that use most of the substances without assessing risks for workers and the environment, causes that chemicals management is increasingly a serious global problem but unfortunately on of the most "muted" in the world. ICCM met last September to address a sustainable management of chemicals.
Dates: April 3-4, 2012
The ITUC-Asia Pacific held a conference that counted on the participation of trade union representatives from 16 countries in the region and in which Sustainlabour was invited to take part.
The world’s leading retail labels commit to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh before the midnight deadline. The Accord now covers more than 1000 Bangladeshi garment factories. Implementation starts now!
The key purpose of the Korean translation of the training manual is to raise awareness of workers and trade unions in Korea about climate change and to use the training manual as widely as possible for the education and training of Korean union members and officers on climate change as a crucial trade union agenda
Migrant workers were given a voice for the first time in Doha as trade union members wore masks of two Nepali workers in a climate change rally that was organized in the context of COP18. The union delegation highlighted the abuses of guest workers in the Gulf State
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe