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  1. 1. UNI Apro MEI Founding Conference – Programme UNIAproMEIFoundingConference Bangkok,28-30August2013 PROGRAMME, 28 – 30 August 2013 As of 15 August 2013 Wednesday, 28 August 2013 Morning Session Chairperson: Christopher Warren 08.30 Registration of Participants 09.00 Welcome Address Christopher Ng, UNI Apro Regional Secretary 09.15 Opening Address Tomoyasu Kato, UNI Apro President 09.30 Keynote Address Johannes Studinger, Head of UNI MEI 09.45 Thematic Address Spotlight on Thailand: Thailand Media Reform in the Digital Economy Dr Anak Preamwongsaynee Chief Executive Officer, MCOT Broadcasting Co. 10.00 Group Photo Morning Coffee/ Tea Reception 10.30 Adoption of Agenda Adoption of Conference Standing Orders Elections to the Credential Committee Elections to the Resolutions Committee Introducing the discussion paper on: - Broadcasting Industry Landscape in Asia Pacific 11.00 Breaking Through, Making a Change - Organizing in Asia Pacific, Organizing in a Digital Economy The structural and technological changes in the media and creative industries and the increase of freelance and contractual employment have triggered profound changes in the working environment and have made organizing even more important and challenging. Unity and collective action is the only way of protecting the professional well-being and the livelihood of media and entertainment workers. UNI MEI’s affiliates in the Apro region have developed and will continue to develop organizing campaigns.
  2. 2. UNI Apro MEI Founding Conference – Programme 2/8 UNIAproMEIFoundingConference Bangkok,28-30August2013 This session will highlight organizing initiatives that have been developed and undertaken by UNI MEI affiliates in the Apro region. Conference will discuss strategy for the development of cooperation among affiliates and actions within the framework of UNI as well as cooperation with our sister organisations in the sector, IFJ, FIA and FIM. - Mohammad Khairuzzaman, TV3 Malaysia Employees Union - Ellen Cheng Lai Yee, Hong Kong Disneyland Cast Members’ Union - Raju Prasad Timlsina, Union of Media Workers Nepal 12.30 Lunch Wednesday, 28 August 2013 Afternoon session Chairperson: Ang Wah Lai 14.00 Respect Dignity, Respect Rights, Respect Equality Working conditions and status of employment, particularly in film production but also increasingly in broadcasting, has been characterized by increasing precariousness such as freelance, contract/ project based or as independent contractors. UNI Apro MEI affiliates have responded to these threats to the union movement in a number of ways. Conference will discuss way forward for affiliates and UNI Apro MEI to raising standards and right throughout the region:  In ensuring equality for all workers, especially women workers, so that needs of the diverse workforce are taken into account and addressed;  Bringing about regulatory changes for better media policies and media governance;  Running campaigns to address insecure work arrangements - George Collins, NZ Engineering Printing & Manufacturing Union New Zealand - Angeline Arguelles, National Alliance of Broadcasting Unions Philippines - Anita Bindu, Union of Media Workers Nepal - Nam Sang Seok, National Union of Media Workers South Korea 15.30 Coffee break 16.00 Report from Credentials Committee Adoption of UNI Apro MEI Rules Report on UNI MEI Activities in Apro region Adoption of UNI Apro MEI Breaking Through Strategic Plan, September 2013- 2017 17.30 End of day 1 19.00 Solidarity dinner at Indra Regent Hotel, Sala Thai Restaurant (those staying at Amari Watergate Hotel, meet at Amari hotel lobby at 645pm)
  3. 3. UNI Apro MEI Founding Conference – Programme 3/8 UNIAproMEIFoundingConference Bangkok,28-30August2013 Thursday, 29 August 2013 Morning session Chairperson: Angeline Arguelles 09.00 Interactive Forum with Asia Pacific Broadcast Union (ABU) Ms. Olya Booyar Editor, ABU News and Senior Project Manager, ABU TV Market The cooperation between ABU and UNI Apro formally started in April 2012 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. It reflects the joint commitment of both organisations to promote dialogue between employers and unions and to develop cooperation on issue of joint concern such as media governance, health and safety, and equality at regional level. The presentation of Olya and subsequent discussion with participants will allow for all affiliates to get to know ABU better and to exchange with Olya over the prospects of the cooperation between ABU and UNI Apro. 10.00 Coffee break 10.30 Towards International Health and Safety Standards for Media, Entertainment & Arts In the age of international mobility of broadcasting and film production, there is a need for international cooperation among trade unions on ensuring health and safety standards across borders. At present, there is a lack on common standards agreed between international employers’ association and trade unions on health and safety in film production and broadcasting. This session will assess the situation in these two sectors and discuss how UNI Apro MEI and UNI MEI Global Union can facilitate the work of affiliates towards raising standards and develop cooperation with employers to this end in the region and internationally. - Christopher Warren, Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance Australia - Opender Chanana, Association of Cine & Television Art Directors and Costume Designers; Film Studio & Allied Mazdoor Union; Film Writers Association India - Nipporo Japan - Olya Booyar, Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union 12.00 Lunch break
  4. 4. UNI Apro MEI Founding Conference – Programme 4/8 UNIAproMEIFoundingConference Bangkok,28-30August2013 Thursday, 29 August 2013 Afternoon session Chairperson: Masatoshi Nakamura 13.00 Building Power for Collective Bargaining Collective bargaining remains the cornerstone of all trade unions in ensuring a fairer gain and redistribution of income in the growth of the business and the economy. This session will provide UNI Apro MEI and its affiliates with a platform to learn and exchange on collective bargaining and share exchange on best practices and identify common issues and challenges. This session also would discuss what tools UNI Apro MEI should develop to support its affiliates’ exchange on collective bargaining in the region as well as explore the opportunity for affiliates who have less experience in collective bargaining and agreements through the exchange with members with long standing CB history and mature agreements to help each other in this area - Ang Wah Lai, Singapore Union of Broadcasting Employees - Minpororen Japan - Gopal Prasad Dahal, Nepal Television Employees’ Association 14.30 Discussion and Vote on Resolutions Elections of UNI Apro MEI Committee, 2013-2017 Date and venue of next meeting Any other matters Closing 15.00 End of Day 2 15.30 Depart for visit to MCOT Broadcasting Company
  5. 5. UNI Apro MEI Founding Conference – Programme 5/8 UNIAproMEIFoundingConference Bangkok,28-30August2013 UNI Apro Commerce, Finance, ICTS, Post & Logistics, Graphical & Packaging, Media, Entertainment & Arts Sectors Conference 28 August - 1 September 2013, Bangkok Thailand Including You - A Social Contract for an Inclusive Asia and Pacific JOINT SESSION PROGRAM (30th August 2013) 09.00 am Welcome Remarks by Mr. Christopher Ng, UNI Apro Regional Secretary 09.05 am - 10.25 am Key Note Address including introduction to the Bangladesh Accord Mr. Philip Jennings, UNI General Secretary 10.30 am - 11.30 am: INAUGURAL SESSI0N Welcome Remarks by: Ms. Nilamol Montreekanon, President of UNI TLC Thailand Presidential Address by: Mr. Tomayasu Kato, UNI Apro President Fraternal Greetings by: Mr. Philip Jennings, UNI General Secretary Inaugural Address by: HE Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Vote of Thanks by: Mr. Hiroshi Usuki, UNI Apro Deputy President (The participants will assemble for a group photo with HE the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand) 11.30 am - 12.30 pm: UNI Apro Executive Committee Meeting 11.30 am - 01.00 pm: Lunch 01.00 pm - 02.30 pm: Breaking Through for Women's Access to Decent Work Panel Moderator: Ms. Therese Bryant, SDA Australia Panel Members: Ms. Maxine Gay, First Union, New Zealand Ms. Mizuho Wada, UA ZENSEN, Japan Ms. Nora Kang, DBSSU, Singapore Ms. Michelle Belino, President UNI Apro Youth Committee Ms. Anjali Bedekar, Co-ordinator UNI ILC India
  6. 6. UNI Apro MEI Founding Conference – Programme 6/8 UNIAproMEIFoundingConference Bangkok,28-30August2013 The main objective of this session is to discuss and debate the best practices to facilitate and ensure women's access to decent work. The key discussion points must include: a) Protecting women's rights in informal and formal economies b) Increasing women's economic participation and opportunities c) Organising and Empowering Women The Moderator welcomes participants, introduce the panellists and theme and explain arrangements for discussion. Each panel will be asked to share their perspective on the two points (five minutes each) to be followed by interactive discussions with the audience. The session will conclude with the adoption of a motion on the theme to be introduced by Yoko Ogawa, UNI Apro Director for Equal Opportunity. 02.30 pm - 03.00 pm: Tea Break 03.00 pm – 05.30 pm: Interactive Discussions Including You - A Social Contract for an Inclusive Asia and Pacific Moderator: Prof Rene E Ofreneo, University of Philippines Discussants: Mr. Yasunobu Aihara, Chairperson of UNI LC Japan Mr. John West, Executive Director, Asian Century Institute Representative of Ministry of Labour Thailand (tbc) Mr. Shamsuddin Bardan, Executive Director, Malaysian Employers' Federation, Malaysia Mr. Joseph De Bruyn, National Secretary, SDA Australia and UNI President Dr. Pravin Sinha, Secretary General, ILERA India Mr. Luke Hee, General Secretary, SIEU Singapore Mr. Robert Reid, General Secretary, First Union, New Zealand Ms. Sarah Deloraya, PALSON Philippines Informalisation of employment has become a widespread phenomenon in Asia and the rest of the world due to the realities of competition and changing technology under globalization. Inequality is most vividly reflected in the “informalization” process that has swept Asia’s labour market. Majority who cannot find jobs in the organized sector of the economy end up in the unprotected “informal sector”, 65 per cent Asia-wide per estimate of the International Labour Organization (ILO). On the other hand, more and more of the workers in the formal labour market are hired as non-regulars: casuals,
  7. 7. UNI Apro MEI Founding Conference – Programme 7/8 UNIAproMEIFoundingConference Bangkok,28-30August2013 “trainees”, probationaries and agency/project/dispatched workers, all of whom have limited job security and short-term employment contracts. Living on the margins, the informals and the non-regular workers are also denied a voice in industry and in society. In some countries, unionism and the enforcement of labour standards are even curtailed by governments and employers, which claim that unions and protective labour laws subvert industry competitiveness under globalization. This has generated equally widespread resentment within the ranks of the trade union movement, which blames employment casualization as the primary cause for the downward spiral of workers’ job security, benefits and entitlements. The standard policy response of governments and even by the International Labour Organization is to have some kind of a policy balance -- to recognize the requirement of business to have personnel and organizational flexibility in order to remain competitive, on one hand, and to recognize as well the requirements of workers for decent job, income and union security. But how exactly does one achieve such a balance, oftentimes equated to the phrase “flexicurity” in the labour market? One approach undertaken by UNI Global and UNI Apro is to support the propagation of the ILO’s Convention 181 and the accompanying ILO Recommendation 188 as well as to hold dialogue with the concerned corporations and the service contracting industry on responsible contracting. The latter means respect for basic rights of all workers, including their right to tenure and unionism, and a curb on abuses committed in the name of global competitiveness. The main objectives of this interactive sessions is to discuss and debate on ways and means to promote inclusive and sustainable growth by balancing the business competitiveness challenges and the workers need for security of sustainable income and decent jobs. The key points of discussions must include: a) Integrating growth, employment and social protection. b) Addressing social and gender inequities. c) Improving employability of workforce. d) Effective active labour market policies and modern, adequate and sustainable social protection system. e) Encouraging and implementing business practices that respect human rights standards as outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. f) Involvement of social partners, through real, constructive and continuous social dialogue to develop agreed principles and mechanism to promote inclusive and sustainable growth by balancing the business competitiveness challenges and the workers need for security of sustainable income and decent jobs.
  8. 8. UNI Apro MEI Founding Conference – Programme 8/8 UNIAproMEIFoundingConference Bangkok,28-30August2013 g) Organising and Empowering Trade Unions Dialogue Flow The Moderator welcomes participants, introduce the panellists and theme and explain arrangement for discussion. The session will start with the presentation of a background report commissioned by UNI Apro by Dr. Melisa R. Serrano of the University of Philippines. Each panel members will be asked to share their perspectives on the theme (maximum seven minutes each) to be followed by interactive discussions with the audience. The Moderator will wind up the discussions by summarising the key points of agreement and disagreement and outline of the way forward to deal with the challenges. The session will conclude with the adoption of a Statement on the theme to be introduced by Christopher Ng, UNI Apro Regional Secretary. 05.30 pm - 06.00 pm Concluding session Concluding Remarks by UNI Apro President 07.30 pm - 10.00 pm: Dinner hosted by UNI Apro and UNI TLC Thailand

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