News and Updates
  • BWI congress is over
    16/12/2013

    BWI congress has ended. Click hereunder if you wish to read the articles ...

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  • Gold pins presented to the retiring World Board and World Council members
    5/12/2013

    After the elections, Gold Pins were presented to the retiring World Board and World Council members by the BWI Youth in recognition of their contributions to the organisation. These included Klaus...

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  • BWI Bangkok declaration
    5/12/2013

    "Justice for All and Jobs for All" – That is what BWI members fight for every day. From Qatar to Panama and to Uganda, from IKEA to Holcim and to Lafarge, everywhere the BWI’s members are on the...

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  • New President Per Olof at the closing of congress
    5/12/2013

    We need to now move into action. Now is the time to show the strength of trade unions through our organizing muscle, strategic mind and commitment and determination in our hearts. As we end this...

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  • Speech of outgoing President
    5/12/2013

    We must continue to work to ensure that climate change is halted. There is another issue that has been particularly close to my heart since my youth. I want us to live in a world that is free of war....

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  • New Presidium elected
    5/12/2013

    The new presidium elected in Bangkok on 5 December includes Per Olof Sjoo, Dietmar Schafers, Pierre Cuppens and Ambet Yuson. Per Olof is the new president of the BWI. Peo is Swedish. He worked...

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  • Panel discussion on organising, mobilizing and campaigning forward for Jobs for All, Justice for All
    5/12/2013

    Panellists including the ILO, Amnesty International, BWI delegation to Qatar focused on concrete strategies on mobilizing and campaigning. The focus was on the BWI Qatar campaign and the importance...

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  • Strategy plan and resolutions
    5/12/2013

    Per-Olof Sjoo, Deputy President of the BWI presented the strategic plan for 2014 – 2017 - “Our strategic plan is based on three key areas - Organising and Trade Union Building, Bargaining and...

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  • BWI general secretary reports on activities
    5/12/2013

    "I am really proud that our unions have organised over 300 000 workers in the past four years and covered over 500 000 workers under our collective agreements. Many of these members are coming from...

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  • Building and wood unions from across Thailand come together to pledge solidarity and commitment to a united future for the rights of Thai workers
    5/12/2013

    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...

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  • 850 BWI delegates give a RED Card for FIFA from congress in Bangkok
    4/12/2013

    Today 850 delegates of the BWI from all around the world interrupted their congress at 3:30 pm in Bangkok Thailand to give a RED Card for FIFA. While the FIFA Executive committee is being held in...

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  • Young people want a place in the structures of the BWI
    4/12/2013

    The BWI youth committee convened in Bangkok on Monday, 3 December, from 1:30 p.m. to make their voices heard in the organisation’s bodies. Opening the deliberations, co-president of the ad hoc BWI...

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  • Photo of Women delegates in the lobby of the Sheraton on 5 December at 7:30 pm sharp
    4/12/2013

    Women delegates are encouraged to meet in the lobby of the Sheraton on 5 December at 7:30 sharp to take photos for congress website. Thanks for...

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  • Go to the photo area to join our campaign RE CARD for FIFA
    4/12/2013

    Please take few minutes to go to the photo area on Level 2 near Riverside to take a photo of yourself with a RED Card for FIFA background. Show it to your friends on...

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  • Opening of BWI congress Jobs for All, Justice for All
    4/12/2013

    "I have seen energy of the young workers who want to take action." said Ambet Yuson, general secretary of the BWI at the opening of the congress." The agenda of young workers is the agenda of the...

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  • Run to the exhibition room !
    3/12/2013

    If you go to the exhibition room rapidly, the regions will offer you plenty of nice goodies. So don t miss this interesting opportunity on Level 2 in front of...

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  • Interested in taking home a nice photo?
    3/12/2013

    If you are interested in taking home a nice photo of yourself to show family and friends, go to the photo booth located near Riverside 2 on Level 2. Today you will get a nice background with BWI...

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  • See exhibition on Freedom - Justice - Work by Lars Ake Lundin
    3/12/2013

    Delegates are invited to visit the beautiful photo exhibition of Lars-Ake Lundin located on Level 2 in front of Ballroom. Most photos were taken while representing the BWI in different projects or...

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  • Edward Miller from First Union, New Zealand about forestry and climate change in his country
    3/12/2013

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  • Tom Deleu from Belgium on his expectations for Congress
    3/12/2013

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  • Bed Kumar Khatiwada, organizer at the Gefont migrant desk in Nepal gives red card for Fifa
    3/12/2013

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  • Forum on Migration calls for networking and collective action
    3/12/2013

    The Forum on Migration had a varied panel sharing the experiences and perspectives about the situation of migrants and interventions from Thailand, India, Sweden, Australia and the Caribbean. The...

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  • Asia/Pacific Regional Committee Meeting
    3/12/2013

    “Capitalism in Europe is weakening the trade unions and future lies in the Asia/Pacific region where many Asian economies are becoming economic powers. Trade unions should ensure that the growth...

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  • African Regional Committee commends Ambet Yuson for the work accomplished
    3/12/2013

    The Regional Committee for Africa and the Middle East met in Bangkok on 2 December 2013. It was opened under the presidency of Piet Matosa of the Afreco, and in the presence of General Secretary...

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  • World Thematic Forum on the Employment Relationship: Intermediaries Are Threatening our Jobs
    3/12/2013

    The World Thematic Forum on the Employment Relationship held on the afternoon of 2 December gave BWI affiliates from the five regions an opportunity to share their experiences on the jobs situation...

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  • Latin America regional women committee meets to discuss gender policy for the coming years
    3/12/2013

    The Latin America and Caribbean Committee discussed and analysed the proposals it will put to the 3rd World Congress with regard to gender policy for the coming years, including a resolution that...

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  • The Africa and Middle East Women's Committee demands more visibility
    3/12/2013

    The Africa and Middle East Women's Regional Committee met on Sunday afternoon, December 1, 2013 in Bangkok in preparation for the meeting of BWI’s International Women's Committee. Chaired...

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  • Announcement – Change of Venue for Welcome cocktail on the 3rd
    3/12/2013

    As you know, the Welcome Cocktail on 3rd December will take place at 19.00hrs. Please note that it is moved to SAMBAL Bar and Grill, located at the Ground Level, towards the River...

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  • International Women’s Committee says its crucial to recruit more young women workers in the near future
    3/12/2013

    “There is a strong need to motivate and recruit more young women workers in the union fold and strategically build their capacities so that they can assert their rights and take up leadership...

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  • Asia/Pacific Regional Women’s Committee focuses on key points of action
    3/12/2013

    The 9th Asia/Pacific Regional Women’s Committee apart from statutory discussions, came up with key points of action – develop implementation guidelines for realising policy on 30% quota for women;...

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  • Forum on multinationals and infrastructure projects says international framework agreements are key to union development
    2/12/2013

    Various forums on multinationals and infrastructure projects, employment relationship, migration and trade union rights, were held in Bangkok on 2 december 2013. On multinationals and infrastructure...

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  • Call for a united struggle for equal rights
    2/12/2013

    “Capitalism is very good at turning working classes in different countries against each other. What is needed is therefore a global unified struggle for equal rights as well as better working and...

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  • Mary Nomvula Nkumalo from South Africa on how unions can promote gender equality
    2/12/2013

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  • Interview with Avital from Israel on women in her country
    2/12/2013

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  • Gender Thematic Forum focuses on Jobs and Justice for All: Women Make it Possible
    2/12/2013

    The BWI Congress events in Thailand took off with a very well attended Gender Thematic Forum that witnessed participation of women leaders from across the world. "There is now increased and active...

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  • Interview with Smritee Lama from Nepal
    1/12/2013

    This is the voice of one of the women delegates from Nepal responding to the question What do you expect from this week in...

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  • Regional women committees will put stronger message forward to congress
    1/12/2013

    After the thematic forum, the women split into regional women committees, Europe, Africa and Middle East, Asia and the Pacific as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. Women delegates shared...

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  • Interview with Fatimah Mohammad Vice chair of the IWC during the gender thematic forum
    1/12/2013

    The BWI will be carrying out a series of videos during this congress week. To start with, the focus is on the gender issue....

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  • Bangkok: Congress week begins with gender thematic forum
    1/12/2013

    As the preparations of the 3rd congress of the BWI get underway, hundreds of delegates around the world began to make their way to Bangkok, Thailand. The long trip for some delegates did not seem to...

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  • Myanmar Forest Industry gets International support
    30/11/2013

    "Sustainable Forest Management in Myanmar is possible" is the message heard by more than 100 delegates and stakeholders from across the globe attending the first ever tripartite forest conference...

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  • CONGRESS ADVISORY: Situation in Bangkok [26 November - 11:00 Geneva Time]
    26/11/2013

    Please be informed that the Congress is on and the over-all situation in the Bangkok is normal and peaceful. The rallies are confined in the areas of the governmental offices and is far away from our...

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  • UPDATE: 50 days before the Congress
    14/10/2013

    With 50 days left before the Congress, the Secretariat would like to make some update on the participation, affiliates inputs, and the over-all preparations. This 3rd BWI Congress is turning to...

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  • BWI auditors meet in Geneva to prepare their report to congress
    16/9/2013

    The BWI auditors committee members, Steinar Karlsen, Bert van der Spek and Michael von Felten met in Geneva on 15-16 September 2013 to write their report to congress. Their main conclusions are...

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  • Affiliates encouraged to include women in their delegation
    27/6/2013

    Under the slogan of “Jobs for All, Justice for All: Unions Make a Difference,” the BWI will hold its 3rd World Congress in Bangkok, Thailand from December 4 to 5, 2013. Registration for the...

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  • All you neeed to know about Thai Baht
    19/4/2013

    In Thailand, the local currency is the Thai Baht (THB). You can buy Thai Baht at exchange bureaus at the airport or in banks. The BWI strongly recommends that you change your money at official...

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  • Climate in Bangkok for congress
    18/4/2013

    Delegates coming to our congress in Bangkok have to know that Bangkok has a tropical climate with two main seasons: rainy season (from June to October) and dry season (from March to May). The...

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  • Registration forms expected by the end of April
    16/4/2013

    You have received a formal invitation including a registration form. Please return the form duly completed by 30 April 2013 latest and indicate whether you will attend the congress dinner, cocktail...

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  • Congress week meetings and side events
    16/4/2013

    The Congress week will include several pre-Congress meetings and side events. December 1 14:00 - 18:00 International Women's committee Gender thematic forum December 2 9:00-12:30...

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  • All you need to know on passport and visa
    16/4/2013

    People visiting Thailand for business or tourism must have a valid passport at least six months after the departure date that they must carry at all times in Thailand. The passport will include at...

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  • Getting to Congress in Bangkok
    15/4/2013

    For delegates who will be flying to Bangkok Thailand, you will be arriving at one of the international airports serving Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi airport or Don Mueung. Upon arrival, the signs in the...

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  • Congress guides now available
    13/4/2013

    Congress guides were sent to all affiliates few days ago in all languages. The guide can be dowloaded from the Docoument section of the congress website. The BWI will be posting short articles with...

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  • Strategy plan now available for comments
    5/3/2013

    The Headquarters has now posted the BWI Strategy plan 2014 - 2017 on its website. The strategy plan describes the union route map to safer, better, more secure jobs. Among its key areas: Organising...

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  • Registration forms now available
    27/2/2013

    The Headquarters has now sent the Congress registration to all the affiliates. They come as MS Word File and fillable PDF File that can be sent back to various regional offices by fax or by...

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  • BWI decides on congress venue and hotels in Bangkok
    18/2/2013

    BWI staff from the Head Office in Geneva and Asia-Pacific regional office travelled to Bangkok Thailand in January in order to organise the logistics of the BWI 3rd World Congress. The BWI wishes...

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  • BWI sends out invitations for congress in Bangkok
    20/12/2012

    This week the BWI Geneva office has sent all affiliates around the world the congress invitation by email and snail mail. As decided by the statutory meetings in November, the congress will be held...

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  • BWI statutory meetings officially decide that the congress will be held in Bangkok Thailand
    16/11/2012

    As indicated to you recently, the BWI was obliged to explore other congress venue options based on price, accessibility, availability of facilities, and trade union significance. The World Council...

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  • Same Date but Change of Venue
    29/10/2012

    The BWI 3rd Congress will still be held on the same date but the venue will be changed. The World Trade Organization (WTO) will organise its 9th Ministerial Conference in Denpasar, Indonesia on the...

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  • Contact our congress staff
    21/9/2012

    Our congress staff is ready to receive your comments, questions and...

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  • 3rd BWI World Congress
    21/9/2012

    Construction, wood and forestry workers from all over the world will participate in the 3rd BWI World Congress taking place in Bangkok Thailand, 4 to 5 December 2013....

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  • BWI launches congress website
    11/9/2012

    The 3nd BWI World Congress will take place in Bangkok Thailand, 4 to 5 December 2013. In the meantime, the BWI is launching a congress website which contains all you need to know about Congress...

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