Pakistan: Improving knowledge - improving bargaining power

IUF Pakistan and the National Federation of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Workers (NFFBTW) held a five-day leadership training program in Karachi on 6-10 December 2010 under the theme “Improving knowledge-improving bargaining power”. The training focused on developing skills for a new generation of union leaders.

Saima Qureshi, the IUF Pakistan women/TNCs organizer and Bushra Ilyas, the IUF Pakistan women's officer helped to facilitate the meeting and observed that the women participants not only took a strong interest in this training but learned a lot of techniques to overcome a lack of confidence and also improved their public speaking and debating skills in just a few days.
A third of the participants were women, including:

Rahat Abdullah, a member from the new Coca-Cola union in Lahore formed during the Coca-Cola Multan campaign and Rahila, a Unilever Rahim Yar Khan action committee member who got a permanent job under the June 2009 IUF-Unilever agreement.

 

 

Arzoo Kawnal and Aqeela Pervez from Coca-Cola Karachi union. Aqeela was made permanent in October 2010 under the employment security agreement signed at Coca-Cola Karachi in 2007 with IUF support, through the Atlanta process. 


Saira
and Shanza are Unilever Rahim Yar Khan action committee members who got permanent jobs under the June 2009 IUF-Unilever agreement.