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Month: November 2017

New Zealand Employment Court rules LSG Sky Chefs is the real employer of agency workers

The New Zealand Employment Court has issued a major decision in a case brought by the IUF-affiliated E Tū on behalf of two workers who worked at airline catering giant LSG Sky Chefs. Under New Zealand law, workers have the…

71st country to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration

El Salvador: 71st country to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration Topics in this post: Education International welcomes the move by El Salvador to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration, committing itself to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities during times of…

Henkel uses scabs in US to break workers’ strike

The strike at Henkel Aerospace in Pittsburg producing adhesives for Boeing and other airline companies, started in response to the deadlocked negotiations with management over a new agreement, which would improve safety procedures at the Henkel facility. However, the company’s…

Protest action in Indonesia against Coca-Cola Amatil continues despite Bali airport shutdown

IUF members from across Indonesia held a protest against attacks on trade union rights at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia at the Coca-Cola Balinusa Operation Headquarters and distribution center in Bali on November 29. Despite the closure of the airport due to…

Health and Safety Committee Resource Kit

Health and safety is an essential part of the important work that CUPE and CUPE locals and members do to ensure a safe and secure work and workplace environment for everyone. CUPE members face a wide range of hazards while…

Montreal Climate Coalition and Trainsparence satisfied with court decision to consider motion halting REM

The Quebec Superior Court has ruled that a request by the Montreal Climate Coalition (MCC) and Trainsparence to halt progress on a Montreal proposed light rail project (REM) merited serious consideration. The decision came in a hearing to quash that…

As funding cuts fuel violence against health care staff, amending criminal code would be a small gesture, PM urged

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) today urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to amend the criminal code to make it a more serious offence to assault a health care worker as a small step towards discouraging gender-based violence. The study…

Apology to LGBTTQI community a good step towards inclusion and justice for all

Today, the Liberal government formally apologized in the House of Commons to gay, lesbian and transgender Canadians for the discrimination they have suffered over the decades, often at the hands of federal agencies. CUPE welcomes the apology, and honours the tremendous…

African unions make early childhood education a top priority

Kenya: African unions make early childhood education a top priority Leaders from five national education unions in Africa recommended that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Guidelines on Early Childhood Education be elevated to the level of an ILO Recommendation, making…

Indian unions resolve to fight precarious work and strengthen union power

29.11.2017 IndustriALL India affiliates gathered in Delhi on 26-27 November to take stock of this year’s organizing and union building initiatives, and decided to intensify the fight against precarious work and strengthen union power. The IndustriALL India Council meeting on…

educators unite for refugee children

Europe: educators unite for refugee children Teachers in Germany and Spain are facilitating the integration of refugee children through the classroom, and now have clear demands for policymakers. Two studies on the integration of refugee children through education were launched…

Unions call for good and safe jobs at Unilever

Unilever is looking to sell the spreads business, with the buyer expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The sale will directly impact more than 1,000 employees in Europe, and the union is criticising the fact that they have…

Mission accomplished! Canadian Steelworkers stop Glencore attack after nine month strike

28.11.2017 371 members of the United Steelworkers – Syndicat des Métallos in Quebec, Canada, have won a new contract with the Glencore-managed CEZinc refinery after nine months of strike action. The workers went on strike at the CEZinc refinery in…

Japanese workers under constant attack

Two separate labour issues highlight the pressures that workers in Japan face from their employers. A number of labour activists have been targeted by the global logistics company, Toll LTD., for their organising drive against unpaid overtime that forces drives…

New study reveals toxic environment of physical and sexual violence against staff in Ontario hospitals

Sexual assaults, a life-altering concussion, shattered faces, fractured bones, lost teeth, bites and brain injury. These are just some of the injuries sustained at the hands of patients by Ontario health care staff who participated in a major new study…

Democratic space further restricted in Myanmar

Earlier this month, the Yangon Region Security and Border Affairs Minister issued a directive banning public assemblies in most of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Also in November, a human rights activist in the northern state of Kachin was charged with…

Far right speaker to tour Australia

Well known USA far right propagandist Milo Yiannopoulos, is about to start a speaking tour of Australia. Milo is a mouthpiece for the far right in the USA, targeting minorities, the labour movement and the left in general. Milo is…

Iraq approves ratification of ILO Convention 87 on Freedom of Association

A parliamentary source said the House of Representatives voted on 20 November in favour of a draft law that allows the Republic of Iraq to join the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention No. 87…

Iranian labour activist freed | Australia Asia Worker Links

On Thursday 23 November, the long-time labour activist Mahmoud Salehi was released from the main jail of Saqez city in north western Iran. Mahmoud was recently re-arrested in late October and given an additional 1 year sentence. Mahmoud had a…

Great wins for workers in Australia

During this last week, workers employed by a Unilever subsidiary and by the giant Woolworths supermarket chain both registered significant wins. After staying on a picket line for three months, workers at Streets ice cream, a subsidiary of the global…

Worker gets crushed to death

This week, Ravi, a 22 year old factory worker at JK Tyre factory in the city of Mysuru, southern India, was crushed to death. Ravi was at the end of his shift when, while loading raw materials, his hand got…

Lay-offs lead to workers’ deaths

The workers employed by the giant Freeport McGregor mine in West Papua work and live in harsh conditions at around 4,000 metres altitude. Following the initial dispute in May of this year, the company's response of firing thousands of workers…

PNG police attack refugee camp

Late last week, the Papua New Guinea government carried out its threat to attack protesting refugees who had been left stranded on the closed down Australian concentration camp on Manus Island. The refugees are protesting against the inhumane and repressive…

teacher unions united in call to save the national education system

Faced with the chronic shortage of teachers in the country, the use of contract teachers and an increasing privatisation in education, the trade unions have called on public authorities to urgently remedy the situation and parents to mobilise to save…

Mexican workers’ deaths sharpen labour debate in NAFTA

The fifth round of negotiations between the United States, Mexico and Canada on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Mexico City ended on 21 November without an agreement on the most controversial issues. Unresolved issues include calls for…

One story at a time, violence against women is thrust into the spotlight

The wave of revelations of sexual harassment and abuse of women from all walks of life marks a tipping point in tackling gender-based violence, and that effort begins in classrooms around the world. This year’s International Day for the Elimination…

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence 2017

This year’s campaign turns its focus toward ending gender-based violence in education by continuing the momentum and achievements built up over a year that saw more than 700 organisations in 92 countries voice their support. Not only does November 25th…

Transfer to Phoenix on hold “indefinitely” for RCMP civilian employees after CUPE forces government to change course

A recent injunction application filed by CUPE in Federal Court to prevent the transfer of more RCMP civilian employees to the flawed Phoenix pay system has achieved the desired result, even though it had yet to be heard by a…

Response to Mondelez New Zealand closure shows ‘global brands” fading veneer

The gloss is peeling off ‘global brands’, whose makers have built their marketing and production on the assumption that the brand name alone is sufficiently powerful to efface all interest in where goods are produced, or under what conditions. In…

IUF and ITF to build on airline catering conference to defend rights and lift standards in the sector

An IUF/ITF meeting on airline catering hosted by U.S. affiliates Unite Here and the IBT (Teamsters) convened in Baltimore, USA on the 15 &16 November was addressed by Unite Here President D Taylor (pictured) Union activists from across the United…