DWRC holds a training course on organizing skills
Ramallah - The Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center concluded a 2-day training course between 19/10/2016 to 20/10/2016 in Ramallah, on organizing skills and management of trade unions. The training course’s objectives were to identify the issues faced in union organizing, strengthen the organizing capacity of union activists and representatives, and promoting leadership and team work among trade union members. The training methodology was based on brainstorming, in-depth discussions, work in groups and practical exercises.
The training course was attended by 16 unionists, representing the establishing committee for the restaurant and tourism companies workers union, and newly elected workers’ representatives from Qalqilia Municipality Employee’s Union, Southern Electricity Company Employees Union, and the Governmental Health Services Employees’ Union in Nablus.
On the first training day, a discussion aiming at identifying workers’ needs and rights-based demands in these sectors took place, highlighting the importance of organizing and establishing a relationship with employers through the unions. .
Wael Hamodeh, from the establishing committee of the restaurant and tourism companies workers’ union, mentioned that the training course opened new prospects for participants and added new concepts about trade union work. He added: “this training course was a key step to enable us to form a strong trade union capable of assuming its upcoming responsibilities”.
During the second day, participants learned about international, and Arab standards and Palestinian legislation concerning freedom of association and the right to organize, the role of workers’ representatives and workers’ committee members, and the respective roles and responsibilities of members of the leadership or administrative committees of unions. During the training program, the democratic process for elections and related mechanisms were also explained.
Ahmad Abu Shahen from the Health Services Employees’ Union in Nablus said: “the training course helped in clarifying and deepening my understanding of trade unions’ rights, whether in the private or governmental sectors”.
At the end of the training course, DWRC reaffirmed its readiness to support all emerging end existing trade unions.