21 September 2016
Managua – Since 2012, Better Work Nicaragua, together with the Trade Unions, signatories of the “Tripartite agreement for productive Labor and stability of Free Zones” have been implementing the training program for union leaders in the textile and apparel sector of Nicaragua, within the framework of strengthening the capacities of local actors.
This training program was initiated with the support of the Trade Union Institute for Central America and the Caribbean (ISACC) and continued at the Academy, through the Center for the Study of Labor Paulo Freire University of Nicaragua.
In all training programs supported, directed and taught by Better Work Nicaragua through its officials, external collaborators and training institutes, the program emphasizes inclusion and equitable gender distribution.
As a result of the last four years of hard work we can highlight the following achievements:
More than 1,200 union leaders have been trained, of which 45% are women.
Trade unions have members of different ages and generations, however, the activities highlight large participation of youth union representatives, mostly those aged between 19 and 35 years.
Since 2014 the training events are at the level of diploma and college credits, leaving the opportunity to apply these credits to pre or post graduates degrees.
In addition to the achieved with the support of specialized institutions and universities, the Better Work Nicaragua program strengthens the capacities of union leaders in their participating companies through the Performance Improvement Consultative Committee (PICC). Currently, over 100 union leaders have been trained in factories.
Among the most outstanding training programs, we can highlight the following: Social Dialogue and Communication; Labor Law and Social Security; Procedural Law; Negotiation Tools; ILO Conventions; Production and export for manufacturing companies; Occupational Safety and Health, and Gender equality.
Strengthening the capacities of trade unions within the framework of Better Work Nicaragua, aims to strengthen social dialogue in the textile and clothing industry in the country. Also, BWN helps increase the levels of socio- labor compliance through its advisory and training services at the operational level.