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Month: February 2018

SASC workers at UBC join CUPE

Workers at the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) at UBC voted to become members of CUPE 1936 in a BC Labour Relations Board vote conducted on February 22. “We are very pleased to welcome this group of workers into our local,” said…

Education International begins new chapter with new general secretary

Education International begins new chapter with new general secretary Topics in this post: After 25 years Fred van Leeuwen officially hands over the keys to David Edwards, who will lead the organisation into its next phase promoting the teaching profession…

Georgian workers demand better safety at work

28.02.2018 According to official statistics, 1,300 deaths and injuries at work happened in Georgia since 2010. Workers, including members of IndustriALL affiliate the Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG), protested in Georgia, demanding safer…

“Gender-based violence is unacceptable and not part of the job”

Why do we need an international labour standard on gender-based violence? I think that #MeToo and #TimesUp show exactly why we need the ILO to be working on an international legal baseline to deal with violence and harassment, and particularly…

Government announces end of charter schools

New Zealand’s Education Minister has announced the end of charter schools, marking the conclusion of an education initiative dubbed “a failed, expensive experiment” by unions. In early February, New Zealand’s Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins, made a significant announcement on…

Pay equity promising, but Budget 2018 still falls far short for too many working Canadians

After calling on the federal government to take action for years, CUPE is pleased to finally see a commitment on pay equity in Budget 2018, but stresses the need for more action from the federal government to support working women across…

Education Workers at York University Rally for a Fair Deal

Following five months of fruitless negotiations, Contract Faculty, Teaching Assistants, and Graduate Assistants at York University rallied for a fair deal today with campus and community allies in York University’s Vari Hall. These education workers are members of CUPE 3903. Their contract…

Proper implementation of quality assurance standards needed for higher education in Europe

Education stakeholders across Europe have reasserted the need for effective and innovative ways to implement the revised Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in higher education. About 100 participants attended  final event of the ‘Enhancing quality through innovative policy and…

Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers to prioritise free quality education and educators

Education International has called upon governments to put free quality public education and educators at the heart of efforts to achieve sustainability and resilience through education. This call was made at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) held…

South Africa: Metalworkers’ fight against precarious work goes to the Constitutional Court

27.02.2018 On 22 February, hundreds of members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), with support from the Casual Workers Advice Office, picketed outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg to defend the rights of temporary and contract…

Democratic Republic of Congo: Union organizes artisanal cobalt miners

27.02.2018 When local communities in Kasulu and Chipuki, Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) discovered cobalt in their backyards a few years ago, they started digging for the precious mineral. Then Chinese companies moved in and bought…

Carleton University staff take a stand to defend pensions

Determined to stand up for Canadians’ right to security in retirement, staff at Carleton University are preparing to take job action in defense of their pension plan. “Canadians know that they can no longer take their pensions for granted; workers everywhere,…

Long-term care workers head to Queen’s Park to demand action on care levels for seniors

Hundreds of long-term care workers from across Ontario will be boarding buses before sunrise Tuesday morning, headed to Queen’s Park to demand the Liberal government bring the Time to Care Act for final reading before the election. “Our seniors living in…

Interview with Iranian trade unionist Maziyar Gilaninejhad

Q1. Introduction by Kemal Özkan (KO) regarding UMMI and its affiliation to IndustriALL. Would Maziyar Gilaninejhad (MG) explain how independent trade unions are trying to operate under difficult circumstances in Iran… Can you please tell us about your union? Whom…

North American and Caribbean education leaders work towards strong leadership in times of crises

As Education International convenes its regional affiliates in Trinidad and Tobago, the challenges they face are as varied as they are common, from strengthening democracy, ensuring quality education to the future of trade unionism. In his speech to open the…

Vale Zelda D’Aprano | Australia Asia Worker Links

This week, the union movement in Australia lost one of its historical leaders in Zelda D’Aprano. Zelda was iconised in 1969 in a photograph showing her chained to the Commonwealth Building in protest against women receiving less pay than men….

Workers around the world support Cambodian activist

Moeun Tola is a long-time activist on the side of the Cambodian working class. Tola, with two other activists, was recently charged with stealing funds in a clearly politically motivated attack to stifle opposition to the current Government. In a…

Workers of the world march for IWD

International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 has a long history and is a reflection of women’s efforts towards attaining gender equality. IWD originated in the USA in 1908, when women garment workers held demonstrations protesting against their appalling and…

Workers continue to face devastation in Syria

The war in Syria shows no signs of abating as new players and new battle fronts open up in a competition among regional players to increase their influence. At the border with Turkey, the battle for the Afrin region continues…

Iranian workers win their wages back

After almost 8 months of bitter dispute, the workers at the Haft Tapeh sugar complex in Shush, Iran, have managed to secure the payment in full of their wage arrears, dating back to July 2017. The tipping point in this…

Filipino workers facing unrelenting terror

Since the start of President Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’ in 2016, it is now estimated that over 20,000 people have been murdered by police, paramilitary units or hit squads. Almost all the victims have been from working class communities in…

Five workers killed in Indian shipyard

Last week, five workers were killed and another 11 hospitalised when an explosion ripped through the inside of a ship in the area that they were working, in the southern city of Cochin. The incident is still under investigation but…

Journalists get life sentence in Turkey

Last week, three journalists in Turkey were sentenced to life in prison over allegations of their involvement in the 2016 coup attempt. Their alleged crime was to have broadcast and printed ‘subliminal messages’ inciting people to overthrow the government. Three…

No Justice for Tina and Colten

Canada’s justice system is not working for Indigenous peoples. With the recent not-guilty verdicts given in two separate murder cases involving Indigenous youth, we clearly see our justice system is failing Indigenous peoples. However, something bigger has been revealed by our collective…

Educators worldwide support US unions under attack

#ItsAboutFreedom: Educators worldwide support US unions under attack Topics in this post: Educators are uniting worldwide in support of their colleagues in the USA, who face one of the most severe anti-union attacks in recent history, aiming at destroying public…

The battle over TiSA: when everything is a service, a Trade in Services Agreement affects everyone

Since 2013, a conclave of governments  calling themselves ‘The Really Good Friends of Services’, has been negotiating a secretive ‘Trade in Services Agreement’ (TiSA) that would set the rules for twentieth century capitalism and place these rules beyond the reach…

Educators worldwide support US affiliates in biggest anti-union attack

#ItsAboutFreedom: Educators worldwide support US affiliates in biggest anti-union attack Topics in this post: Educators are uniting worldwide in support of their colleagues in the USA, who face one of the most severe attacks, aiming at destroying public employee and…

Black History Month | Canadian Union of Public Employees

On this page, you’ll find some learning resources on Black History Month – including ways for you to get more involved in fighting anti-Black racism and all discrimination. Every February, CUPE celebrates Black History Month (also known as African Heritage Month)…

Getting there: the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget

The 2018 Alternative Federal Budget provides a blueprint for more sustainable and equitable growth in Canada. Produced annually by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, this year’s edition maps out solutions for reducing child and senior poverty rates, transitioning to…

Support staff reach tentative agreement with Cape Breton University

Support staff at Cape Breton University, members of CUPE 3131, are pleased to announce that the union reached a tentative agreement with their employer on Thursday, February 22, 2018. CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod confirmed that the deal was reached with the assistance…