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Democracy and WorkersEoACAO Rights Center concludes an EU-funded training course for trade unions ...

Ramallah / Maisa Siag - Palestinian trade unionists are being trained in political education skills under an EU-funded project for protecting trade union rights. The aim of the project, Protecting trade union rights and uniting efforts to influence socio-economic policies, is to develop the trade unions movement and enable better dissemination of their message to all their target groups through advanced knowledge of the political environment in Palestine. The project is implemented by the Democracy and Workers' Rights Center (DWRC) in cooperation with the Federation of Independent Unions and other partners. As part of this project, DWRC concluded on Saturday 1 August a training course on "Political Education for trade unionists," held at its Ramallah headquarters. The course addressed a range of basic political education issues of interest to trade unionists and trade union work. The training covered several topics including the concept of political education and how trade unions can use this knowledge to protect their rights. Issues such as citizenship, individual civil rights, the concept of the state and the three authorities, the role of the political party, differentiation between political programmes and trade union programmes, comparisons between Palestinian political parties, the different roles of the government and state and a brief introduction on political systems were all addressed in the training. Ni'meh from the Palestinian Teachers' Federation, as well as the other participants, expressed how important the course was for them. N'imeh added that the training helped her to correct some of the concepts she had and reinforced her ability to identify positions through understanding and analysing political programmes and the behaviour of the different political parties. She added, As a woman living in Palestine, this experience filled me with ambition to become a candidate for a higher position in my federation. Burhan Daraghmeh from the Health Services Union said that the course enabled him to identify the role of the political party, types of governments and how they are formed. He also said that he can now prepare an election programme and better understand the visions of political parties. He added that the training would certainly be reflected in his future role, behaviour and attitude within the Union. Haroun Tarayreh from Tarqumia-Municipality-Hebron said that the course resolved a lot of misunderstandings he had earlier concerning political concepts. This training will raise my capacity and motivation to address and resolve issues in a clear, professional and objective way, said Mr. Tarayreh. This training and other related ones are truly needed in the future, he added.Sixteen participants took part in the course, coming from different geographical areas in Palestine such as Hebron, Nablus, Tulkarem, Tubas, Salfeet, Bethlehem, Qalqilya and Ramallah and representing different unions and federations including the Federation of Palestinian Teachers, Public Health Services Employees Union, General Union of Electricity Sector in Palestine, Psychologists' Trade Union, Palestinian Medical Technology, Federation of Higher Education Colleges Workers, Local Authorities Workers' Federation, Telecom Sector Unions in addition to a number of Palestinian women's committees. The trainers for this course were Dr. Abderrahman Haj Ibrahim, professor of political science at Al Quds University and Wajih Ayasseh from the Democracy and Workers' Rights Center in Palestine.

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Date:Aug 6, 2009
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