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Month: January 2018

Education International stands in support of Roberto Baradel facing threats

Education International, the global teachers‘ federation which represents over 32 million members in 173 countries, has been informed by its Argentinian affiliate, the Confederación de Trabajadores de la Educación de la República Argentina of new anonymous threats against the SUTEBA…

Teachers’ dismissal sparks strike action in Kaduna

Nigeria: Teachers’ dismissal sparks strike action in Kaduna Topics in this post: The Nigeria Union of Teachers and other labour unions in Kaduna State have gone on strike after thousands of teachers had their employment terminated by the state’s government,…

Shell contract workers to lose out in profits bonanza

31.01.2018 As Royal Dutch Shell Plc is expected to announce its biggest profits since the oil market collapse, IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the company to create permanent jobs for its workforce, the majority of which are contract workers….

Kimberly-Clark trade unions around the world angry with mass job cuts announcement

31.01.2018 The US-based multinational personal care company unilaterally announced a massive cut of 5,000 to 5,500 jobs on 23 January. The cut of 12% of the global workforce will mostly come through closing 10 of Kimberly-Clark’s 91 factories. Which 10…

Agreement in principle approved by La Capitale employees

At a special assembly on Thursday night in Quebec City, the employees of the insurance company La Capitale overwhelmingly approved the agreement in principle reached between the bargaining committee and the employer. The previous agreement had expired on January 1, 2016. This…

Viterra: 51 workers locked out at the Port of Montreal

Viterra, one of the main grain marketer/handlers at the Port of Montreal, sent a lockout notice to 51 operators who were negotiating for the same working conditions as the vast majority of Port of Montreal workers. The lockout will take…

Strike Vote at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS)

At a general meeting of the union on Friday afternoon, the support staff of the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) voted 88% in favour of pressure tactics up to an unlimited general strike. These 500 employees have been without a…

2018-2019 provincial budget: CUPE NB is pleased

This week, New Brunswick’s Finance Minister Cathy Rogers tabled her $9.6 billion budget, which contained much needed investments in healthcare, education and community care. “This is not an austerity budget, it is a normal electoral year budget. Minister Rogers said, ‘you have…

CUPE 561 members ratify pension plan transfer

CUPE 561 members ratified the agreement to transfer active employees in the SD43 Non-Teaching Pension Plan (NTPP) to the BC Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) with 97 per cent of members voting in favour. Ballots were counted on Saturday after the last of three meetings…

Solid waste depot stays public in Woodstock, ON

Municipal workers in Woodstock, members of CUPE 1146, have organized to ensure city staff do the work at a newly-built solid waste depot. CUPE members in the public works department created a “sea of orange” as CUPE 1146 President Denis LeChasseur…

Unity, resistance and determination bring great victory to Turkish metalworkers

The strike was scheduled to begin on 2 February 2018. Unions refused to recognize the strike ban and vowed to continue the struggle, resulting in a remarkable achievement, advancing their wages and working conditions through a new sectoral level collective…

Supreme Court finds in favour of teachers and education workers

Canada: Supreme Court finds in favour of teachers and education workers Topics in this post: In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Canada protected teachers’ and public service employees’ collective bargaining rights. The case, brought before the court by…

International and Russian trade union movement opposes the dissolution of ITUWA

On 25 January, eight FNPR affiliates of IndustriALL issued a joint statement in connection with the recent decision by the Saint Petersburg city court on the dissolution of the ITUWA, due to allegations that the union is involved in politics…

Portland, OR: Burgerville Workers Union Pickets and Expands Into More Stores

Submitted on Mon, 01/29/2018 – 10:10pm By BVWU – It’s Going Down, January 25, 2018 On Wednesday, January 24th, the Burgerville Workers Union (BWU) held its first picket of 2018 outside of a Burgerville store in Portland. BWU is a…

Another worker killed at LafargeHolcim operation in India

29.01.2018 A contract worker lost his life in an accident on 27 January 2018 in the Chandrapur district, at the Maratha Cement Works plant of Ambuja Cement Ltd, owned by the cement giant LafargeHolcim. The company is yet to release…

CUPE calls for solidarity against Islamophobia

On January 29, 2017, six Muslim men were murdered at a Quebec City mosque while they prayed. This terrorist attack affected many families, friends, neighbours and communities across Canada, leaving us all with a sense of horror and overwhelming sadness. With…

Haft Tapeh sugar workers in Iran now over 6 months without wages!

Workers at the Haft Tapeh sugar complex in Sush last received their wages on July 11. The workers and their union, an IUF affiliate, continue to hold work stoppages and demonstrations. Local police and government authorities, rather than acting to…

Education unions support free school meals policy

UK: Education unions support free school meals policy Topics in this post: UK teacher unions have welcomed the latest Education Policy Institute’s report clearly laying out the benefits that free school meals bring to children and their families, and to…

Fast food workers in Thailand win first collective bargaining agreements

Fast food workers at one of the largest, nation-wide KFC franchises in Thailand have won their first collective bargaining agreements.  The IUF-affiliated Cooks & Servers Workers’ Union and the Cuisine and Service Workers’ Union secured significant improvements in benefits and…

Algeria: Global unions condemn detention of 1,000 protestors

On 20 January, Algerian police forcefully detained at least 1,000 people during action to stop a peaceful rally organized by IndustriALL Global Union’s oil and gas trade union affiliate, SNATEGS, in the capital, Algiers. The detainees were taken by bus…

200 days: Glencore lockout continues at Oaky North in Australia

In what is believed to be the longest lockout in Australian industrial history, members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union (CFMEU) entered day 200 of their lockout today. The six and a half month…

Turkey: Metal industry strike banned by the Government

The strike was announced as a result of the dispute over the failed sectoral-level negotiations between the three unions representing metal workers, including IndustriALL affiliates Birleşik Metal-İş and Çelik-İş, and the Metal Industry Employers’ Association, MESS. The strike was banned…

Liberal government in Nova Scotia throws education sector into chaos

Today’s announcement by Minister Churchill to consolidate Nova Scotia’s seven English school boards into one, while heavy on policy change, includes no details on how the government plans to implement those changes. Nan McFadgen, President of CUPE Nova Scotia, says, “With…

Manitoba government kills Power Smart program

The final nail in the coffin of Manitoba’s beloved energy efficiency program has officially been struck by the Pallister government. With the announcement of Efficiency Manitoba today, Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart program is set to wind down. “The Pallister government’s carving…

New collective agreement for the Mount Royal blue-collar workers

The blue-collar workers of the Town of Mount Royal, who gathered at a general union meeting on the evening of January 23, voted 73% in favour of a new collective agreement. It covers a 7‑year period from January 1, 2015 to December 31,…

TPP still a bad deal for Canadian workers, families, and democracy

Canada and the other 10 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached an agreement. But adding “progressive” to the title doesn’t make it so, when the agreement fails to address the many serious concerns that experts and everyday Canadians…

concerns over the long-standing campaign targeting former President Lula

Brazil: concerns over the long-standing campaign targeting former President Lula Topics in this post: In a letter to Brazilian President Michel Temer, Education International (EI) expressed great concern over the long-standing campaign of defamation and political harassment against former Brazilian…

IndustriALL rejects Mexico’s latest labour reform proposal

The Mexican government and two corporate trade union centres (CTM and CROC) submitted their proposed amendments to the Federal Labour Law (FLL) in December. A new session of Congress will begin on 1 February, when senators will debate the bill. IndustriALL Global…

Workers locked out of Canadian aluminium smelter after negotiations break down

The 1,030 unionized workers were locked out at 3am on 11 January, when their collective agreement expired. This came after the employer unilaterally pulled out of contract negotiations and presented the union with a final offer that was rejected by…

Under Iceland’s new equal pay law employers must prove compliance or face fines

Gender-based wage discrimination has long been illegal in Iceland, as it is in many countries around the world. But the gender pay gap persists. Under the Equal Pay Standard law which came into effect on January 1, employers now must…