MALAYSIAN TRADES UNION CONGRESS
P ro ject T itle
S tren g th en th e C o m m u n icatio n
th ro u g h IT
S tartin g D ate:
Jan u ary 2005
D u ra tio n o f
P ro ject
O n e year
P ro ject L an g u ag e
P rep aratio n d ate10/4/2015
E n g lish / B ah asa
30 N o vem b er 2004
Background
• communication is important & powerful tool for Trade union
movement to build their organisastion;
• -protect & promote the rights & interest of their members in the era
of globalisation; (internal & external solidarity)
• MTUC communication through IT:
- tool for official work, such as publication, keeping records on
membership and cataloging book in library, internet access with dial
up system
- File Maker Pro and Microsoft Office (80% of the software were not
license).
-website- not regularly update, lack of information from Aff.
Background
• MTUC communication through IT:
-two channel: 1) direct contact (face to face with person in charge,
telephone communication and fax)
-2)indirect through mail. (longer time). Those tools only served
information to the single receiver.
• not really contribute information to the organisation (MTUC).
• MTUC leaders recognise the need to keep their affiliated
organisations and members up to date with new trends and
developments in technology,
• but it needed to be improved in many aspects. To lead to an
improvement in the quality to benefit the trade union movement as a
whole.
NEED of IT Communication
• IT becoming more accessible true electronic highways
(combination of new tecnologies)-achieve solidarity and unity
of the workers;
• trade unionist should know how to utilise the technologies for
better communication;
• Leaders exchange ideas, information and documents-join
decisions for solidarity and unity support.(different locations in
the world);
• Create own publication & material-posting it-email/websiteastonishing speed & at low expense
NEED of IT Communication
• IT- three main role factor is important:
-sender,
-the information
react immediately, communicate ideas and at
the same time receive answers and suggestions
-recipient.
• to make relations within the trade unions more efficient
• reduction in costs and time expenditure & more effective
communication.
• Computer: create files,store information-useful during wage
negotiations, references for handling cases on trade disputes in
court, for the writing of documents and memorandum to government,
employers, press release, & 4 learning.
Present Problems & Desires Target Situation
• IT not yet available to majority of working people nor 2 all
TU organization( IT has not becoming TU policy yet)
 lack of financial resources, (networking, internet access,
software pirate, equipment, infrastructure etc.
 trade union leaders have not yet understood the importance
and potential of electronic communications.
• no external communications & often the information stays
within the TU movements(affiliates);
• regular technical supports - constrains-unable to have
internet access to distribute ideas, documents & subject
matter through the electronic instruments to MTUC (Internal
information flow and solidarity must improve here).
Target Group

MTUC principal officers (working
committee) which consist of 13 members
(role as policy maker)-background,
elected

general council members
(200 members) target - 10 to 15 pt &they
will be regulate to other group;

Staff & resources person of the union
(the actor and administrator for the
movement)-easy to approach
Objective (Long Term)
effective
communication network & on progress
strategies which can address the basic functions and
services of National centre (MTUC) and workers'
organizations, such as the promotion of trade union
rights & collective bargaining;
It’s
also designed to assist trade unions & members in
strengthening their capacity of utilizing IT within their
organizations Activities;
Strengthening
capacity of national center for the
development of policies in the area of IT & for their
effective participation in national/regional/international
tripartite discussions & decision-making processes on
issues concerning the TU movement.
Objective (Immediate)
20%
of the affiliated unions will be using free open office
software for word and solicomm and mozilla for internet.
MTUC Website will be update regularly and posting all
publication to web-infor from trained members

MTUC
will have core group of IT expert to participate in
updating MTUC information especially MTUC Website. labour
start
MTUC
will have Computer Training department with 5
computer to provided training
Activities
Awareness
raising on IT programme
-Publicity through newsletter and website (Jan – Dec 2005)
-Political Commitment /endorsement (Jan -Mac 2005)
≯Secretary general
≯Research comt. (influence the working comt
≯political support fr. ILO Actrav

Training (April-Dec 2005)
≯ 10-15 participants, 1-3days (depend of facilities)

Distance learning Education (September 2005)
Resources
Location-
MTUC / affiliated union depend on request;
Material-
ILO books, handout, CD & some local doc.
Funding-
MTUC working comt & Finance comt.
Extra
assistant - ILO ACTRAV
Achievements & Monitoring
Affiliates
union -email 2 National Center- 10 to 20 per week
emails & providing information about their activities to MTUC.
produce
Follow
their own newsletter, brochure for campaign ;
up
Questionnaire form to the members
Personal contact
Budget Proposal
Item
Local Currency US$
Computers
RM15,000
RM2000
RM5,000
RM2000
RM24,000
(5 unit x RM3,500)
Furniture & Equipment
Networking & Internet
Other miscellanies
Total
4000
530
1350
530
6410
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