|Acting President of NTUCI|
September 19, 1956 |
Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal
|Political party||Nepal Trade Union Congress-Independent, Nepali Congress|
|Alma mater||Gandhigram Rural University|
Ramjee Kunwar (Nepali: रामजी कुँवर) (born 19 September 1956; Kaski District, Nepal) is a Nepal Trade Union Congress-Independent (NTUCI) leader, Senior Vice President of NTUCI and executive member of Nepali Congress Party . He was also the former Vice President and Secretary of NTUCI and currently Acting president.
NTUCI is a major democratic national center of Nepal, established on 1947 A.D.The labor movement in Nepal started on March 4, 1947 in Biratnagar against the hereditary Rana rule for the establishment of democracy and advancement of workers’ rights.In 1948 Late Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala founded the Nepal Mazdoor Congress, later known as the Nepal Trade Union Congress-Independent. NTUCI also actively agitated and protested in 2006 democracy movement in Nepal against the direct and undemocratic rule of King Gyanendra of Nepal. Many leaders of Trade Union along with Mr. Kunwar was put to jail and some fled to India. The ideology of NTUCI was based on democracy, nationalism and socialism. NTUCI is affialiated with International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and International Labour Organization(ILO).
Kunwar did his education from Gandhigram Rural University, Tamil Nadu, India in 1984. As working in a Health sector for 22 years. Mr. Kunwar join Trade Union because of discrimination against the worker's rights, welfare, and socio-economic standard. Mr. Kunwar joined Trade Union in 1990 and has been continuously fighting for the labour cause. Kunwar, flayed the provision of 'no work no pay' in the new policy saying it was against the labourers."The provision is totally against the laborers and we condemn it," Kunwar said.
In his leadership NTUCI has been actively campaigning to promote social welfare, social justice, human rights, and equality and eliminate child labor on a national level. Mr. Kunwar was also part of the Nepalese delegation to the 98th International Labour Conference (ILC) with (ILO) whom briefed Director General of ILO, Mr. Juan Somavia about their efforts to have labour related rights incorporated into the new constitution at Geneva, in 2009. Mr. Kunwar has been actively lobbying and putting pressure with political parties and government with the partnership of other trade unions, they have succeeded to address the worker rights and job security in the interim constitution of Nepal and in the ratification of ILO conventions. Mr.Kunwar addressed the High-Level Meeting with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and ITUC/Global Unions in Washington D.C. January 2011.
Kunwar is also one of the key people from Joint Trade Union in negotiating the minimum wage for workers. After many negotiations and disagreement, In a landmark decision Trade unions and employers have agreed to increase the salary and daily wages of workers. Talks between Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) and trade unions have resulted in hiking the minimum wage of workers from Rs 4,600 to Rs 6,100 and bringing in Social security plan for workers.The agreement also provides for amending labour laws in favour of industrial harmony. "Trade unions have taken the agreement positive as the agreement has accepted their longtime demand of Social security. Including Social security fund (SSF) in the agreement is the success of labour movement", said Ramjee Kunwar, Acting president of NTUCI.
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