Asia Pacific Region
Commonly Asked Questions about
TUR Network
What is the TUR Network?
• A joint project of Education International (EI) & Public
Services International (PSI), two of the largest GUF’s
with combined membership of over 49 million trade
Piloted in South East Asia sub-region with Indonesia,
Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines as participating
Why it was formed?
A response to the continuing violation of the trade union
rights of existing and potential members
Violations include:
• Persecution of union members who seek to exercise their
trade union rights
Severe legal restrictions on freedom of association
Prohibitions and/or restrictions on collective bargaining
Gender-based discriminations
How about your mission?
To develop an effective model for a trade union rights
network through a long and systematic approach in
three stages:
Stage 1 (1999) Develop and pilot education materials and a
network resource handbook
Stage 2 (2000-2003) Implement a trade union rights
network in the South East Asian sub-region
Stage 3 (2004-2005) Extend the South East Asia TUR
Network to the Asia Pacific region
What are your objectives?
Our Project Objectives are as follows:
• Develop and test a model for establishing an effective
trade union rights network
Evaluate and form the basis of a strategy to extend the
network to the entire Asia Pacific Region
Our Development Objectives are as follows:
• Improve the trade union rights of public sector workers,
teachers and other educational staff in the AP region
with particular emphasis on the ILO core labor standards
Improve the understanding of public sector workers,
teachers and other educational staff of core labor
standards and their rights
Our immediate objectives are the following:
• Develop and test appropriate curriculum and education
materials and their translation into local languages
Train 20 union activists as trainers focused on trade
union and human rights
Establish a network of over 400 trained trade union
rights activists in the pilot area
Publish a quarterly trade union rights newsletter that is
distributed to network members
Develop and commence implementation of proactive
national level TUR campaigns, as part of an international
strategy on trade union rights
Who comprise your target group?
Members of EI/PSI affiliates who are:
• Elected officials including executive board members
• Workplace representatives
• Union trainers
• Women and Youth Committee members
• Unionists who indicate a particular interest and
commitment to become members of the TUR Network
How is the Project managed?
• A Steering Committee oversees the project, consists of:
1. EI Chief Coordinator
2. PSI Regional Secretary
3. Two Representatives of EI/PSI affiliates for each
participating country (gender-balance)
4. Project Coordinator- Secretary of the SC
• National Coordinating Committees
What are your major activities?
Development of modules and resource kits
National workshops for key officials of participating unions
Training of Trainers
Network Member Training
Skills Training
Translation of Education Materials
Trade Union Rights Campaign/Lobbying
Urgent Appeals
Reporting and Documentation of TUR Violations
Research on Legislation and Practice
Production and distribution of newsletter
Steering Committee Meetings
Internal and External Evaluation
How is the Project financed?
Stage 1- partly funded by ILO and counterpart
contributions from EI and PSI
Stage 2- primarily funded by LO-Norway and counterpart
contributions from EI and PSI
Stage 3- proposal will be developed in detail at a later
Most of the participating unions also give contributions:
office space, transport, web-site hosting,etc.
Summary of Progress
• More cases of violations reported
• Joint protests and actions of affiliates
• Replication of training in workplaces on the initiative and
funding by affiliates (sustainability)
Exchange of information by the network members
Improved joint efforts with strategic partners and
general public
Inclusion of sessions on ICLS & TURN in union
education programs
Consolidated the fragmented unions
Better newsletter
Challenges & Constraints
Insufficient number of trainers
Lack of face to face meetings of TURN-NCCs
NCCs have no secretariat nor full time support staff
Difficulties in getting leaves
Efficient and effective communication process
Anti-union management
Threats and victimization faced by activists
Governments’ resistance to favorable labour laws