Construction Workers’ International Meet in Kerala

The 10th Asia Pacific Regional meeting of the Trade Union of International Workers in the Building, Wood Building, Material and Allied Industries (UITBB) was held in Kerala on 10 December 2016. Representatives of construction workers from countries including Japan, Cypress, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and (through video conferencing) Pakistan attended the meeting, while many more were denied visas to attend by the Modi government. Representatives from the All India Construction Workers’ Federation affiliated to AICCTU and CWFI affiliated to CITU participated in the regional meeting and the executive committee meeting. The meeting focused on 3 main issues:

    1. Health, safety and environment of construction and other workers

    2. Increasing problems faced by migrant workers

    3. Oppression and gender bias against women at the workplace