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We have created a checklist aimed at assisting affiliates in reporting their solidarity case.
The first key to successful international action is to gather relevant and precise information from its affiliates. It is important to state facts clearly and accurately, such as when the event(s) took place, who was involved, where it happened, what the problem is and why it happened.
We suggest to follow certain basic steps when reporting a case:
1. Full name and acronym of the union(s) involved & national centre of the union(s)
2. Name of the employer/company/transnational if any
3. Number of workers involved
4. Date(s) and place of the event(s)
5. Issue(s) leading up to the dispute and brief description of the event(s) (violation by employer/government/police/security force leading to killings/injuries/arrests and charges if any as well as damage(s) to trade union property)
6. Court/tribunal action (ie penalties, rulings...)
7. Same type of incident in the past if any
8. Ratification of ILO Conventions related to the case or any other brief comment on the relevant national legislation
9. Type of protest you would like the BWI to undertake (Protest letter/solidarity campaign)
10. Name/position/address/fax number(s) of the person(s) who should receive the protest letter(s).
The second key to succesful international action is that ALL affiliates feel concerned upon receiving Solidarity campaigns and take action by writing protest messages to employers or governments, even though the conflict/dispute occurs in another region. We always include a short model letter to this effect. The other key to successful international action is to follow-up the case and inform the Secretariat whether or not a satisfactory resolution of the conflict/dispute was reached.