Tehy Projects

Part of Tehy’s international activities is cooperation in developing countries and this work has become a tradition. This work mainly consists of equal opportunities, trade union rights, trade union organizing and negotiations. Tehy helps in creating trade union structures and improving working conditions and salaries in for example in the Philippines, Colombia and West-Africa.

Tehy works globally with the Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland (SASK) and Public Services International (PSI) with the financial support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Organizational Development of Employees’ Unions in Colombia 2014-2016

Due to the structural changes in labour markets and economy, precarious labour and out-sourcing are increasing among the white collar workers and a new group of precarious workers, who do not have any labour security or means to defend their labour and trade union rights, is arising in the labour market in Colombia. 

The anti-trade union attitudes are more common among employees than among workers. Employers in the white-collar workplaces have strong anti-union policies: illegal dismissals, discrimination and out-sourcing of labour are common means of employers to show organized workers that trade unions are not accepted in their workplace. In general, employees´ knowledge on their legal labour rights is poor and employees fear to join a union, mainly due to the violence and persecution of trade union activists during many decades in Colombia.

This project strengthens employees´ unions in order to improve the defense of employees´ labour rights and strengthen collective bargaining. The project is implemented by the Confederation CTC (Confederación de Trabajadores de Colombia) together with its member unions.

The project is a STTK, Pro, Pardia and Tehy project via SASK with the funding from Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland.

Organizing Precarious Workforce in the Philippines’s Health Sector 2015 – 2017

In the project health care workers will be trained about principles and practices of decent work, as well as the impact of decent working conditions on the quality of and people’s access to public health care.  Recruitment of members and creation and development of a network of organizations involved in health care sector gives possibilities to influence legislation and to campaign against privatizations.

It is expected that the membership of the unions grows by at least 10 % and all members pay their union dues, so the financial self-sustainability of the unions grows by at least 10 %. At least seven new unions join PSI. The unions’ campaign against precarization of work, privatization and PPP program will be implemented, and increase of the public health care budget will be promoted through lobbying political decision makers. The joint campaign of health care unions to defend quality public health services bears fruit.

The partners are Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW), Confederation of Independent Unions in the Public Sector (CIU), Philippines Government Employees Association (PGEA), Public Services Labor independent Confederation (PSLINK) and Philippine Nurses Association (PNA).

The project is a Tehy project via SASK and PSI with the funding from Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland.