Trade Union Education on Global Solidarity in the UK and Sweden

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Christopher Mung, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Labour Rights Monitor, was invited to speak on global solidarity for European trade unions earlier this month. The one-week training programme of Unite the Union for union representatives from various industries covers global warming, multi-national enterprise supervision, and global democratic development. In a discussion with other trade unionists at Eastbourne, Christopher Mung spoke about the repression of Hong Kong’s independent trade unions during their democratic struggle, while Kiril Buketov of the IUF described their difficulties in fighting for democracy in Eastern Europe.

Christopher also attended the ‘Global Solidarity’ training programme of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) online. He discussed the latest labour rights movement in Hong Kong, as well as the Chinese government’s rising influence on international platforms such as the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation, which has a detrimental impact on global labour protection.

Global alliances, consumer initiatives, and civic community networks were investigated and viewed as potential options for increasing global solidarity among trade unions throughout the training sessions.