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Month: July 2018

BRICS unions discuss decent work and sustainable development

31.07.2018 The BRICS Trade Union Forum (BTUF), an alliance of union federations from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is demanding a developmental and democratic model as an alternative to the dominant global financial institutions, especially the IMF and…

Court hearing of the “Trade Union Case” in Belarus

The first day of the court hearing of the “Trade union case”. Today the hearing started of the case of Gennady Fedynich and Ihar Komlik, chairman and chief accountant of the Radio and Electronics Industry Workers’ Union (REP), an affiliate…

South Africa: Mine responsibly and improve working conditions, recommends report

Instead, sad realities are common in the mines — poor working conditions, destruction of the environment, and poverty and disease in mine affected communities. How then can mining companies meet the expectations of society which sees mineral resources as being…

Addressing Workload Issues in Health Care: Victory in the Battlefords

Chronic understaffing and increasing workload are two of the most pressing issues in health care. CUPE 5430 member and Region 1 facility representative Sid Hall has seen the impact of both issues on patient care and health care workers first hand….

Far from ending hallway medicine, Ontario stands to lose 3,712 more hospital beds, more than 16,000 staff under Ford programs

Already funded and staffed at levels well below other provinces, Ontario’s hospitals’ hallway medicine and bed crisis will deepen under Premier Doug Ford’s public service “efficiency” program and promised tax cuts, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) warned today…

Conciliation failing contract talks between crossing guards and Halifax Regional Municipality

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing crosswalk guards with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) says conciliation has failed in contract negotiations. “We have had three days of bargaining and one day of conciliation that failed,” says CUPE National Representative…

Halifax restorative justice caseworkers serve strike notice

CUPE 4764 members, caseworkers employed by the Community Justice Society (CJS), are set to begin job action on July 30, after sending 48-hour strike notice to the Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education this morning. The strike will…

education becomes an overarching theme of the electoral campaign

While it is a matter for rejoicing that education has become a major subject of the debates during the current electoral campaign in Cambodia, education trade unionists have particularly underlined the financial shortcomings of the national school systems, which the…

Rise in deadly violence against land and environment rights defenders

2017 was a year of record violence against environmental and land rights defenders, according to a recent Global Witness report. According to the report, at least 207 people were murdered last year for taking peaceful action to defend their land,…

Dispatch from the Picket Line: IWW Fights Lockouts in Seattle

Submitted on Thu, 07/26/2018 – 8:18pm 1bY5%M1n054k Seattle IWW – It’s Going Down, July 25, 2018 The union drive at Grassroots Campaigns Incorporated (GCI) has been nothing short of profound. Throughout months of organizing we built an unparalleled culture of…

South Africa: union in historic court victory against precarious work

26.07.2018 The Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa, has ruled that an employer cannot employ a worker for more than three months without a permanent contract. This is a major victory for workers after years of a bitter…

Brazil’s trade union centres seek to further the country’s development

The CUT, CSB, CTB, Força Sindical, Intersindical, Nueva Central and UGT have set out an agenda aimed at getting Brazil back on the path to development by promoting democracy, generating high-quality jobs and ensuring social justice. The agenda also seeks…

Energy unions demand Just Transition at world conference

More than 200 representatives from 70 trade unions gathered in St Petersburg, Russia, on 25 and 26 July for IndustriALL Global Union’s world conference for the sector, under the theme “Building Union Power in Energy Industries”. The energy sector is…

AMR, Superbugs and the workplace

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – the development of ‘superbugs’ resistant to antibiotic treatment – has emerged as a major global threat to public health, killing hundreds of thousands of people annually. Health authorities predict that without concerted action millions more may…

P3 highways greater cost to public, says CUPE

CUPE 1867, representing highway workers in Nova Scotia, has questions about the long-term cost of a new P3 highway, especially if maintenance and snow removal are contracted out to private operators. “Can a private, for profit company clear and maintain highways…

Health Care Security Review could open the door for more privatization, says CUPE 5430

CUPE 5430 is concerned that the province wide review of health care security services will open the doorway to privatization of security and other services. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is conducting a province-wide review of security services, using an external consultant…

Legal Aid Saskatchewan issues layoff notices amid “waves of concern” from across the justice system

Despite “waves of concern” expressed by both the private bar and staff at the Legal Aid Commission regarding plans to cut staff and contract out work of the organization, the agency is issuing layoff notices to six Legal Aid employees…

Statement by Eddie Mariconda, president of CUPE Local 416

Yesterday the City of Toronto was shaken by an unspeakable act of violence. In this difficult time, we would like to extend our condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and the people injured in the attack. In…

Fondation de l’UQAM signs its first collective agreement

On Monday, July 23, the 20 unionized employees of Fondation de l’UQAM and their employer signed their very first collective agreement. A tentative agreement was reached on June 18 and approved at the union’s general meeting on July 3. The general meeting voted 94 per…

New coalition launches campaign for public water in Moncton

The Council of Canadians, the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice, the Moncton and District Labour Council, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour, and CUPE New Brunswick have formed a coalition to convince Moncton City Council to bring back…

Iraqi unions condemn violence against protestors

Mass protests broke out two weeks ago in Basra, the city in southern Iraq central to oil production, and soon spread to other provinces. Protests were sparked by high unemployment, poor public services and corruption. There is increasing outrage that…

New democratic trade union federation to be established in the Mexican automotive sector

The new federation is composed of ten organizations representing workers in the automotive, auto parts, logistics, rubber and aerospace industries. Their aim is to ensure that workers enjoy the right to freely join a genuine trade union of their choice…

education unions involved in cross-sectoral activities

Education International and partners have reasserted the need for organisations from the water, housing, education and health sectors to take coordinated action on public private partnerships. The Equalities in Public Private Partnerships (EQUIPPS) network met for its final workshop from…

Sustainable energy policies vital, say electricity and nuclear unions

Yury Ofitserov, president of the All-Russian Electric Trade Union, welcomed more than 100 participants from 25 countries to IndustriALL’s global meeting of electricity and nuclear sectors. Energy policies need to be consistent and cannot change with every government, said unions…

Monsanto on trial | IUF UITA IUL

The case of Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Co. is now underway in a San Francisco, California federal court, two-and-a-half years after the lawsuit was filed. Johnson, a former school groundskeeper whose doctors believe he may have little time to live,…

Hope in times of darkness. Our collective voice is stronger!

Under the banner of “We care. We fight. We show up. We vote,” more than 3 000 educators, health professionals and public employees came together for the biannual convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During…

Benin unions agree to cooperate

20.07.2018 Defending the right to strike, signing up more members, promoting participatory democracy, forming a women’s committee, and building solidarity among the unions are some of the commitments agreed upon at a recent meeting in Cotonou, Benin. IndustriALL Global Union…

Swiss union investigation into housekeeping in Marriott Zürich hotels reveals exploitative, dangerous and unsanitary conditions

An investigation by IUF affiliate Unia into housekeeping in Marriott-branded hotels in Zürich – one of the world’s most expensive cities – shows the brutal consequences of cut-throat outsourcing: extreme speed-up and exploitation of a vulnerable workforce resulting in dangerously…

Nicaragua’s stolen revolution | IUF UITA IUL

July 19 marks the anniversary of the 1979 overthrow of the US-backed Somoza dictatorship. The democratic promise of the Sandinista revolution, which resonated throughout the region and the world, has been progressively confiscated by the autocratic rule of President Daniel…

US: locked out National Grid workers denied healthcare

National Grid, which distributes electricity and gas, locked out union members in Massachusetts on June 25 after contract negotiations broke down, and cut off workers’ access to healthcare.  The workers maintain natural gas supply lines to private homes, businesses and…