1996-2000

Bangkok Summit 1996: The ICFTU-APRO presented a Statement to the ASEM Bangkok Summit in 1996. In May 1997, the Workshop for Asian and European trade unions in Bangkok promoted dialogue between Asian and European trade unions around the framework of ASEM.

London Summit 1998: A union delegation met the UK Foreign Secretary and presented him the “Building the Social Foundations for Asian Recovery” Statement that pointed out that ASEM could be a force for recovery from the crisis and recommended that in addition to regulations to ensure increased transparency and accountability in the financial sector, social policies and not just market-oriented policies were needed. However, the Chairman’s Statement and Financial Crisis Response Statement did not reflect what was included in the union recommendations. The Chairman’s Statement only mentions employment briefly as a global issue that warranted further co-operation.