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Keynote Speech of BWI Education Secretary, Tos Anonuevo at the SOCDEM Asia Conference on Decent Work

It is an honour for the Building and Woodworkers’ International or BWI, to address this very important gathering of political parties, trade unions, progressive institutions, and other social movements to discuss decent work and migration.

BWI is a global union federation covering building-construction, building materials, and wood and forestry sectors.

We represent 12-million members in almost 130 countries and they are organised under 326 national trade unions – and some of them are members of your political parties.

Construction workers are the poster people of what is wrong with labour migration. Therefore BWI operates in 3 tracks to achieve our strategic objectives: ORGANISING, to build our constituency and organisational power; NEGOTIATING, to make binding agreements to enhance the terms and conditions of workers and their families; and INFLUENCING, to make changes in policies and legislations at the global, regional and national levels.

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