Building and wood unions from across Thailand come together to pledge solidarity and commitment to a united future for the rights of Thai workers
Trade union solidarity in Thailand took another leap forward with the launch of the Building and Woodworkers Industrial Council of Thailand (BWICT) on December 3 in Bangkok. Against a background of political disputes and protests which will dictate the future of Thailand, building and wood working unions from across Thailand came together to pledge their solidarity and commitment to a united future fighting for the rights of Thai workers.
“We need to join together to uphold the basic rights of Thai workers, fighting not only for a minimum wage but a living a wage, and the BWICT will be a vital component in the future of the Thai trade union movement” said Chali Loysoong, Chairperson of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee. Echoing Loysoong’s sentiments, Bunsoom Thavijit, one of the key leaders of the BWICT pledged to continue fighting for sectoral improvements. “We come together at an important time and it is only through unity of cause and effort that our workers and unions will achieve our agenda for change.”
Welcoming the BWICT into the BWI family the BWI Asia Pacific Vice-President, RC Khuntia, wished the Council success for their future. “It is with great pride that I am here to witness this momentous occasion, and seeing so many workers and leaders from different unions here fills me with great confidence for the future of the building and woodworking sectors of Thailand.”