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Humanitarian Practitioners' Union
Submitted by duncan on July 3, 2006 - 12:25pm.
Humanitarian workers of the world unite!
Has anyone has had any experiences joining or forming a workers union during a placement with a humanitarian agency in a non-OECD country? And if not, would an international humanitarian workers union - with a moral force for NGO managers to deal with even if not any legal backbone in many nations - be an idea worth pursuing?
Consider the context...
The UN have their own staff union, and most OECD countries have social services unions of one sort or another. The Humanitarian Charter, Sphere Standards and Code of Conduct all guide organisational responses to ensure the rights of those affected by disasters are respected. People in Aid, Aid Workers Network and others promote best oractices in human resource management amongst humanitarian agencies.
But even the best of managers make mistakes, which are sometimes at the expense of aid practitioners. And many governments receiving international aid continue to restrict domestic trade unions from organising national workers, nevermind expatriates. And even where local social services trade unions exist, expatriate aid workers on short-term placements are unlikely to find them before their contract expires.
So what do you think?
Tags: Codes & Standards