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. 

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