During my first visit to India and the partners here, I started off with the General Assembly of the Christian Workers Movement from India. People are sometimes quite critical towards trade unions, and a lot more so than towards NGOs. Trade Unions are sometimes described as trouble makers or used for political goals. I’m not saying nothing bad ever happens, but I still have never really understood why people are so critical. All our social security comes from the hard work trade unions have done. And when it comes to advocacy and lobbying, one thing trade unions have is a lot more representativity than NGOs. Social elections are a corner stone for trade unions and help guarantee some accountability and democratic structures.
Here, a couple of pictures of the CWM General Assembly, which took place in the mountains in Ooty, India on the 10 till 14th of July 2014.