Bangkok The Organizers’ Forum delegation had two great meetings with organizers and the job before them was stunning and prodigious. We had the opportunity to meet for several hours with five union organizers working to organize industrial plants along the eastern shore of Thailand. We also got lucky and our trip coincided with a training session for young organizers from Korea, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines where we were able to spend several hours sharing discussions about the state of community organizations. These were gifts!
The union organizers meet once a month to discuss their work. Rudy Porter of the Labor Solidarity Center estimated for us that these five in the last decade had probably organized 100,000 workers with 9600 being last year where they were keeping the pace. This is all the more remarkable since that level of production represents 20% of the total union membership in Thailand!