Trade Union in Post-“Rhododendron Revolution”
September 27th, 2013

Nepal’s political parties are in an early stage in the development of the culture of cooperation and consensus. This party culture heavily influences the workings of the main trade unions. Unless the parties develop a culture of collaboration, no significant change can be expected in inter-union relationship.

Fusion is an emotional unity. Unless unions are emotionally prepared, no fusion, amalgamation or integration is possible. Since Nepal’s trade unions are quite far from such an emotional unity, the Japanese experience of ‘biological unity’ is not an option for the time being. Hence, the following mechanism was tabled for discussion as the progression towards one union. It was almost the same mechanism as adopted by Nepal’s teacher unions.

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