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Month: January 2019

ATG Ceylon workers protest repeated rights violations

It follows numerous worker demonstrations in recent days after ATG Ceylon unjustly terminated five employees including union office bearers on 11 January, prompting workers to launch immediate strike action on the same day at the company’s plant in the Katunayake Export Processing Zone.  Since…

5 reasons to join a union

31.01.2019 There’s never been a more important time to join a union. As 26 billionaires own as many assets as the poorest 50 per cent of the world’s population, ordinary people are finding it harder to make ends meet. Trade…

CUPE 402 welcomes City of Surrey fitness professionals

CUPE 402 gained 206 new members through a Labour Relations Board (LRB) vote held on Friday, January 25. The vote to join CUPE was successful: fitness professionals will now be members of CUPE 402. The new members work for the City…

The corporatization of post-secondary education

Over the past three decades, governments have cut their financial support to post-secondary education. In turn, universities have opened the door wide open to the money – and influence – of corporations and wealthy donors. CUPE has produced a backgrounder…

Vernon arena workers newest group to join CUPE

Thirteen arena workers in Vernon became members of CUPE 626 in a Labour Relations Board vote held on Friday, January 25. The workers voted unanimously to join CUPE. “We are really pleased to welcome these arena workers to CUPE 626,” said…

Workers at Peel’s Butterfly dementia care project report they are physically and mentally exhausted

With Peel Region expanding its “Butterfly” dementia care project to two more long-term care homes, direct care staff working on the Malton Village pilot site are speaking out publicly for the first time about the challenges they’ve faced to make…

Early Childhood Educators in Nova Scotia feeling “unappreciated and underpaid”

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA–NS) released a new report today that provides a snapshot of what it is like for Early Childhood Educators (ECE) to work in the Early Learning and Child Care sector in Nova Scotia. Understanding which…

Union wins agreement at Saint-Gobain subsidiary

30.01.2019 After a twelve-day strike, Turkish union Kristal-İş has signed a collective bargaining agreement with İzocam, which includes major benefits, extra paid leave, increased allowances and a significant wage increase. The acknowledgement of trade union rights for the workers represented…

“We want living wages and collective agreements”

Romania is the biggest textile, garment, leather and footwear producing country in South-East Europe with 250,000 workers in almost 10,000 factories. Salaries are close to the national minimum wage of 2,080 leis (euro440) per month. The government has raised the…

Standing together to remember the victims of the Holocaust

Germany: Standing together to remember the victims of the Holocaust Topics in this post: German education unionists have joined Israeli and Polish colleagues for an educational trip on the occasion of the memorial may for the victims of the Holocaust….

Ireland: Union campaign wins legislative restrictions on zero hour contracts

Thanks to a sustained mobilization by Irish unions including our affiliate SIPTU, new legislation restricts employers from offering contacts with no specified minimum hours and strengthens protection for workers on variable hours, bringing greater protection, security and regularity on working…

Organizing is a priority for Romanian unions

The opening of the meeting was attended by Bogdan Hossu, President of Cartel Alfa Confederation, and Dumitru Costin, President of BNS. Both underlined the devastating impact of the 2011 amendments to labour legislation on workers and trade unions. These amendments…

Talks break down at the University of Saskatchewan

Talks between the University of Saskatchewan and CUPE Local 1975 have further deteriorated after the Employer tabled a proposal to eliminate the Defined Benefit Plan and replace it with an inferior Defined Contribution or Target Benefit Plan. The local has informed…

Will blockchains verify virtue in the value chain?

– By Brian Kohler and Glen Mpufane The lure of the quick technological fix We live in a time when new technologies seem to promise new solutions to old problems. IndustriALL has studied the digitalization of industry and the rise…

CUPE calls for solidarity against Islamophobia, hate and intolerance

On January 29, 2017, six Muslim men were murdered and 19 were injured 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…

UK: trade union call for improved and targeted financing of education : Education International

Education unions have urged the UK public authorities to increase investment in schools and implement adequate distribution of funding. NASUWT: “Stockpiling of public money, often at the expense of the children and young people” “The NASUWT has and will continue…

Vale must be held accountable for Brazilian dam disaster

“This is a crime, not an accident. We mourn for the dead and sympathize with the victims of this terrible tragedy. Vale has failed to learn from the past. And now its workers are paying the ultimate price with their…

Netherlands court confirms food delivery couriers are workers with collective rights

Two recent decisions by an Amsterdam court mark a victory in the ongoing fight for worker rights in the ‘platform economy’. In two cases brought by the FNV on behalf of workers at the food delivery company Deliveroo, the court…

Today’s Priority – The future of Finland’s education policy

The annual Educa trade fair organised by Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö, a national education union affiliated to Education International, OAJ, will bring together thousands of Finnish teachers and education policymakers. The Educa fair, Finland’s and the entire Nordic region’s largest event in…

IUF and Meliá agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, a first in the global hospitality sector

The IUF and Spanish-based Meliá Hotels International have signed an agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, the first such agreement between the IUF and an international hotel chain. The agreement was signed on January 17 by IUF General…

Ecopetrol unfairly dismisses union leaders in Colombia

24.01.2019 Colombia’s state-owned oil company, Ecopetrol, has unfairly dismissed Enrique Rodríguez, Joaquín Padilla and Wilmer Hernández, leaders of Colombian oil workers’ union, USO, which is affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union.  USO’snational executive committee called the dismissals a flagrant violation of…

Canadian union blockades GM HQ to protest plant closure

24.01.2019 Members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Unifor formed a blockade outside General Motors’ (GM) headquarters in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada on 23 January 2019 to protest the company’s plan to shut the local assembly plant. GM made a commitment in…

International Education Day: educators matter!

Education International and education unions worldwide celebrate the first ever International Day of Education, calling on governments to make quality public education for all a reality. On 3 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted, with consensus, a…

Urgent action: National TV’s show “Burnt Plot” is a pretext to crush workers’ demands and protests in Iran

The syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company calls for urgent action: National TV’s show “Burnt Plot” is a pretext to crush workers’ demands and protests in Iran On Saturday, January 19, 2019, the news section of national…

Philippines: Teacher unionists threatened

Philippines: Teacher unionists threatened Topics in this post: Education International has launched an urgent action appeal encouraging the global community of educators and activists to express outrage at the death threats received by the General Secretary of the Alliance of…

Precedent set as Belarusian authorities register local union

IndustriALL affiliate the Belarusian Independent trade union of Miners, Chemists, Oil-refiners, Energy, Transport, Construction and other workers (BITU) received a notification of registration of its local organization on 15 January 2019 after the third application. The local is not a…

Zimbabwe union leader arrested after general strike call

The arrest comes after more than a week of turmoil in Zimbabwe that left 12 people dead and hundreds injured. Police and soldiers, responding to mass demonstrations on 14 January, used live ammunition on protesters. On 15 January, police raided…

Sistema Plastics workers win 16 per cent wage increase

Sistema is owned by the US-based Newell Brands, a large multinational that produces plastic containers. The new Sistema factory in Manakau, Auckland, New Zealand employs around 500 process workers. Before this collective agreement, the workers who are mostly migrant workers…

ILO puts people first in future of work report

A Universal Labour Guarantee, social protection from birth to old age and an entitlement to lifelong learning are among ten recommendations made by the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work. The commission, which was set up in October…

A future of work for human beings, not human capital

The inspiring report of the Commission on the Future of Work has been released It strives to humanise the economy, build social justice and peace, reinforce democracy and mute the siren songs of authoritarians. The Commission on the Future of…