ILO Support to Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions Leadership Training Workshop

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Union (SICTU) represents the nine Trade Unions and Associations in Solomon Islands.

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Union (SICTU) is the umbrella body, representing all the Unions and Associations in Solomon Islands. There are nine unions and associations in the Public Sector while only one single union in the Private Sector, the Solomon Islands National Union of Workers (SINUW).

Recent changes in the level of officials within the various unions and associations resulted in the need to provide training to enhance basic understanding of their responsibilities and duties to their members and their role as leaders of the Trade Union Movement in Solomon Islands. The ILO supported SICTU to organize and deliver the three day training workshop with executive members and full-times officials of member unions and associations using a local consultant to deliver the training.

The workshop primarily focused on discussing the following agenda items: the origin and basis of the development of Trade Unionism; the Trade Union Act of Solomon Islands; the origin of Trade Unionism in Solomon Islands; the collective bargaining system and Labour Laws of Solomon Islands; updates on the current economic situation in Solomon Islands which affects Unions and Associations; update on the current political situation in Solomon Islands and its impact on the unions; the role of the ILO in Solomon Islands; the application of the concept of tripartism in Solomon Islands; and update on proposed Labour Laws reform in Solomon Islands.

The three day event was held from the 12-14 December, 2013 in Honiara, Solomon Islands