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Day: December 7, 2017

Time to address Aboriginal inequality and employment

As detailed in a new CUPE report entitled Reconciling the Gap, recent census data for Saskatchewan shows the Aboriginal population is growing and will likely make up one-fifth of the Saskatchewan population by 2036, while showing a stark picture of the…

Municipal sector compensation overstated due to errors by the ISQ

Once again, the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ) has overestimated the compensation of municipal employees in Quebec. This was brought to light by CUPE following an initial analysis of the report entitled Rémunération des salariés, état et évolution comparés 2017…

CUPE members to hold information picket about cuts to long-term care in Nova Scotia

Please join us and show your support. Our seniors deserve better! Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2330 will hold an information picket on Saturday, December 16 at the Valley View Villa nursing home in Stellarton. The…

IndustriALL welcomes nine new trade unions

They include four trade unions from Latin America, two from the Middle East, two from Albania and one union from Africa covering sectors including energy, textile, manufacturing and materials. The new unions have already been taking part in IndustriALL activities….

History repeating itself for Aboriginal workers

When people in Australia refer to ‘Stolen Wages’, it is usually referred to as a past issue. This refers to the slavery-like system that saw Aboriginal people denied any or equal pay for hard work over decades during the 19th…

Ukrainian miners face searches and strong pressure

In November, humiliating searches were conducted in the mines of Evraz Sukha Balka. Miners were forced to undress and remove their shoes. This was allegedly to prevent theft and was applied mainly towards members of the NPGU. Some workers were…

Korean workers continue offensive on multiple fronts

On November 30, newly unionised workers of the Seoul Metro line began a strike against their employer, RATP Dev Transdev. Workers are fighting against the company’s attempts to cut workers’ conditions and its union busting attempts by bringing in scab…

Dockworkers defend fellow workers against victimisation

A casual worker in Melbourne, Australia, employed by the global stevedoring giant International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), was dismissed recently. He is a staunch unionist and had been complaining about bullying and harassment by the company. A community protest has…

Mysterious blast kills at least two people

A major explosion killed at least two people in the eastern Chinese port city of Ningbo on 26 November. Around 30 people were injured, some very seriously. The blast happened in a disused factory building and was so powerful that…

Many workers killed in elevator collapse

Up to nine workers were killed last week at a tunnel construction site when their elevator they were in plunged over 70 metres. The workers were working on a major water infrastructure project near Akole village, around 100kms from the…

Another journalist murdered in India

On November 21, Sudip Datta Bhaumik, a journalist at the Syandan Patrika newspaper and the local television channel Venguard, was shot dead by a soldier belonging to the Tripura State Rifles battalion. Sudip is believed to have being killed because…

Exploitation of temporary workers in Australia systemic

A landmark study looking at the working conditions of temporary workers in Australia, across all visa classes, has highlighted how widespread and systemic their exploitation is. The report shows that underpayments and bad working conditions exist across all industries but…