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GEFONT President stresses on dignified domestic job creation

General Federation of Nepalese Trade Union (GEFONT) Support Group (GSG) have celebrated May Day 2024 in destination countries such as Qatar, Malaysia, Bahrain, UAE with the main slogan of "Make foreign employment tax not a matter of desire" , "Migrant workers' rights, social security and decent employment".During a program organized by GEFONT Support Group (GSG) on May 3 in Doha, Chief Guest and GEFONT President Binod Shrestha emphasized the importance of providing Nepali workers, compelled to seek employment abroad, with decent livelihood opportunities in their own country.He said that, "there is no alternative to the effective implementation of socialsecurity schemes based on contributions to ensure the future of migrant workers."

Similarly, GEFONT Support Group (GSG) Malaysia organized separate May Day programs in Klang and Shah Alam cities of Selangor state on Baisakh 19. 

The chief guest of the program, founding patron of GSG Malaysia Prem Magar, along with coordinator Bed Kumar Khatiwada and President Bibek Limbu, delivered speeches highlighting the history and significance of May Day.

GEFONT grandly commemorated the International Workers Day across the country

GEFONT orchestrated (organized) different events in more than 50 places across the country on the occasion of International Labour Day (May Day) 2024. The Joint Trade Union Coordination Center (JTUCC) jointly organized a labour rally and assembly at Kathmandu and Pokhara. The workers' rally, initiated by GEFONT from the central office in Putalisadak, traversed the city, culminating at Bhrikutimandap and change over into an assembly.GEFONT President Binod Shrestha had made welcome remarks where Prime Minister Pushpa kamal Dahal , Sher Bahadur Deuba, Sankhar pokhrel , Kamal Thapa and other leader extended their best wished for International May Day .

Similarly a workers rally originating from prithivi chowk converged upon the city of Pokhara at Gandaki , culminating in a meeting held at Simon Party Palace situated at Srijana Chowk.

Chief Minister of Gandaki Province, Khagaraj Adhikari, inaugurated the assembly by emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between the labor movement and government administration. He stressed that the state should not progress at the expense of neglecting the welfare of the workers.

Similarly on the occasion of May Day 2081 , GEFONT has celebrates May day in Biratnagar of Morang District, Dharan of Sunsari district, Gaighat of Udayapur district,  Katari Sankhuwasabha and Dhankuta .

A labour conference was held in Biratnagar under the presidency of GEFONT Province President Kishor Dhamala whereas with GEFONT General Secretary Laxman Sharma as the chief guest.

CPN UML province president Ghanashyam Khatiwada including representatives from several organizations had addressed during the assembly.

Likewise, GEFONT Madhesh province had concluded May Day in janakpur, Siraha, saptari, and Simara.

A labour assembly was held in Simara under the presidency of GEFONT  Madhesh Province President Kamlesh Jha with the chief guest of CPN UML secretary Yogesh Bhattarai .

GEFONT Vice President Manju Thapa, Secretary Taranidhi Panta including leaders of GEFONT addressed during program. May Day celebrations were held in various locations, including Dhadingbesi and Khanikhola in Dhading District, Dolakha, Chitwan, Hetauda, and Kavre in Bagmati Province. 

Following a workers rally in Hetauda, Makwanpur District, a meeting was convened under the presidency of Provincial Vice President Arjun Aryal while the chief guest for the assembly was CPN (UML) politburo member Devi Gyawali. Additionally, congratulatory speeches were delivered by GEFONT Vice President Manju Thapa and Bagmati Province Minister of Water Supply and Irrigation, Eklal Shrestha.

May Day has been celebrated in Gandaki province Pokhara, Myagdi, Baglung, Parbat, Syangja, Nawalpur district of Devchuli, Gaidakot, Madhyabindu and Tanahu district of Damauli, Bhimad and Deudhat (Devghat) and took place at lumbhini province such as Butwal, Banke, Bardia, Palpa, Arghakhanchi, Dang, Kapilvastu and Nawalparasi.

The Guest of Butwal Sub-Metropolitan City Deputy Mayor Sabitra Devi Aryal, Tilotama city Deputy Mayor Jageshwari Chaudhary and Sainamaina city Deputy Mayor Bina Rana gave their best wishes at the workers' assembly held after the labour rally of Rupandehi in Butwal, while GEFONT vice president Kamal Gautam was as Chief Guest.  

Following the organization of a workers' rally in Surkhet, Karnali Province, a labor assembly convened after the circumambulation of Birendranagar city, presided over by Radha Shrestha, the Executive Chairman of GEFONT Karnali Province.The assembly was held in the presence of GEFONT Education Department Secretary Hari Bahadur Karki as the chief guest, including CPN UML District president mani Devkota, GEFONT National Committee member Chanda Dhami and other leader addressed.  

Likewise, GEFONT had concluded May Day in far Western province at kailali District of Dhangadhi, Gariganga Municipality and Kanchanpur.After the labor rally in Dhangadhi, the labor assembly was held under the chairmanship of GEFONT state president Jit Malla and the Chief Guest of CPN (UML) state secretary Ran Bahadur Chand. After the Dhangadhi labour rally, GEFONT province President Jit Malla chaired the labour assembly, with CPN (UML) Province Secretary Ran Bahadur Chand as the Chief Guest.In the assembly, Deb Bahadur Bam Coordinator of GEFONT Cooperative Distribution Board, CPN (UML) Kailali District President Yagya Prasad Dhungana and including other leaders expressed their greetings on the occasion of International Workers' Day 2081.

Concessional treatment agreement between Gefont Koshi Province and Neuro Hospital Biratnagar

The Nepal Trade Union Federation has established an understanding between GEFONT koshi Province and Neuro Hospital Biratnagar to provide facilities when treating GEFONT members and their families. On the occasion of the 135th International Labor Day, on April 19, GEFONT organized a program where an agreement was reached between the hospital administrator and GEFONT.

Furthermore, GEFONT General Secretary Laxman Sharma provided financial assistance from the GEFONT Unity Fund to GEFONT member Kanhu Hemran, who was suffering from a stroke and undergoing treatment.

Special Conference Concludes for NIHWU Hotel Pokhara Grand

The Nepal Independent Hotel Casino and Restaurant Workers Union (NIHWU) - Hotel Pokhara Grand, has elected a 15-member committee under the chairmanship of Cde. Yama Prasad Sapkota in a special conference held on February 6.

Cde. Laxman Tiwari, Central President of NIHWU, stated that the union, active in the tourism sector, is the only official trade union representing the hotel. He emphasized that the union operates collectively and institutionally, asserting that it does not operate based on the whims of any individual.

Cde. Manmohan Gayak, the president of Pokhara Grand and also the central vice president of the union, was disciplined by expelling from his position due to his involvement in anti-union activities.

Cde. Rudra Bahadur Khatri, GEFONT Gandaki Provincial President, affirmed that the union's vitality and continuity would not be compromised by the migration of a few individuals. He stressed the importance of unity, organization, and perseverance in striving for the rights of workers.

Cde. Badri Kumar Bhandari, Central Secretary of NIHWU, highlighted that for the past 18 years, NIHWU, as the official trade union, has been actively addressing the workers' concerns.

During the opening ceremony of the special conference, speeches were delivered by GEFONT National Committee member Cde. Pampha Pahari, GEFONT Province Committee member Cde. Badrinath Subedi, NIHWU central member Cde. Keshav Prasad Sapkota, Union Hotel Pokhara Grand Vice President Cde. Nita Mainali, Secretary Cde. Ramchandra Acharya, and others, addressing various issues about workers in the tourism sector.

GEFONT Bagmati province planning workshop completed

General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) Bagmati Province workshop and planning meeting was held under the chairmanship of Cde. Ramhari Nepal on February 3rd at the Tourism Board's hall at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu.

In the workshop, GEFONT President Cde. Binod Shrestha recalled the history of Nepal's trade union movement, which started in 1946 and reached the third generation today, although it has succeeded in bringing many changes in the labor sector, including political changes, but the workers' lives are not in a condition where they can feel the change, and how to advance the movement in the labor market. Emphasizing that it should be our main issue in the future, he expressed confidence that the workshop will create a solid plan.

While being led by the third generation of Nepal's trade union movement, while protecting the achievements of the past movement, emphasizing on the need to implement the program set by the 8th Congress of GEFONT, GEFONT has 20 percent increase in membership, joining 2 million workers in contributory social security scheme, remuneration for intern, etc. He said that workers should have an active role.

Expressing his belief that the workshop will help in building a reliable organization of workers in 119 municipalities of 13 districts of Bagmati province by identifying their shortcomings and achievements in a fine manner, President Shrestha also gave instructions to implement the ideas that came out of the workshop in a planned manner.

In the workshop, GEFONT Vice President and Women's Committee President Cde. Sita Lama highlighted 10 issues to be done in the workshop. GEFONT General Secretary Cde. Laxman Sharma said that it is necessary to formulate more plans after evaluating how much of the plan prepared by the Federation has been implemented and how much remains to be done.

120 leaders from 13 districts of Bagmati province were divided into 7 groups and prepared by discussion in the planning workshop which was facilitated by GEFONT Vice President Cde. Bidur Karki, Cde. Jitendra Shrestha, Cde. Sita Lama, Secretary General Cde. Laxman Sharma, Deputy Secretary General Cde. Narnath Luitel, Secretary Cde. Mahendra Lal Shrestha.

Bagmati Provincial Office informed that the issues presented in the workshop will be prepared and implemented in the provincial committee meeting on February 4th.

The labor law needs to be revised in time - GEFONT President

Cde. Binod Shrestha, President of the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), emphasized the need to proceed with the ratification of ILO Conventions, formalize informal labor, and revise labor laws promptly.

Shrestha, serving as the president of GEFONT, expressed these views during his participation as a trade union representative in the Central Labor Advisory Council meeting held at the Ministry of Labor and Employment Social Security on February 1.

The Central Labor Advisory Council urged the government to ratify ILO Conventions 81 and 87, which designate the decade from 2081 to 2090 as the period for promoting domestic employment. Additionally, the council resolved to organize a labor and employment conference within the current financial year.