Resolution of UITBB’s 13th Asia-Pacific Meeting on Women in the construction industry
In the session, comrade Georgia Odysseos from Cyprus, gave the introductory speech.
The participants note that women participation in employment has decreased and women are more highly represented amongst the unemployed or those in precarious work. Furthermore, where women are represented in the construction industry they are mostly working in the lower paid and insecure labouring classifications. Wage inequalities between the genders continue as well as discriminatory leave and pension entitlements. The participants express their solidarity to the working women in the construction industries and express their opposition to any form of gender discrimination at the expense of women. They repeat the long-standing position of UITBB for taking steps to protect women, to get equal pay as the men, to actively pursue the possibilities of having more women in our sector, to get more support in the workplaces, and to showcase the advantages of increasing the women in the construction sector.
We demand the immediate stop of all forms of discrimination against women in the workplaces. We should raise awareness regarding the UITBB Action Plan amongst women members and encourage them to participate in all campaigns of the UITBB. We also encourage all our affiliates to appoint a gender contact officer and to report to UITBB central offices on any activity around gender issues. We should promote the participation of women in forums, seminars and educational programmes at a regional level, organise a training seminar for Working Women in the Asia-Pacific region. Finally we should publicise the activity of the women’s committee in the UITBB newsletter, Facebook page and on the website www.uitbb.org