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Month: March 2019

Toronto library workers sound alarm on ‘staffless libraries’

Pierre Ducasse | CUPE Communications A dangerous new experiment is currently underway at the Toronto Public Library. Two of the library’s branches will now be open and operate without staff on site during hours they would otherwise be closed. A risky proposition given…

Bloodied, broken and burned out: 88% of long-term care staff experience violence

Two new reports are being released concurrently that expose the high level of violence, abuse and harassment against staff employed in Ontario’s long-term care homes. An in-depth, peer-reviewed investigative study on violence against staff in Ontario long-term care homes has just…

CUPE-Québec holds its first ever human rights conference

Lisa Djevahirdjian | CUPE Communications This past December, CUPE-Québec organized an important and engaging symposium on human rights, a first ever for the division. Members of CUPE-Québec’s Women’s Committee, Pink Triangle Committee, Human Rights Committee, and the Conseil québécois des autochtones du…

Educational assistants shape anti-violence policy in Edmonton schools

David Robbins | CUPE Communications Gloria Lepine had had enough.   “I need danger pay,” Lepine told her employer, Edmonton Public Schools. That comment got the employer’s attention.   Chief Steward for CUPE 3550, Lepine, along with hundreds of other educational assistants (EAs), was getting more vocal about the ongoing violence in their…

CUPE members take frontline stories to Parliament Hill in fight for universal child care

Emily Turk | CUPE Communications For Lee-Ann Lalli, November 20th, 2018 will always be a day she remembers with pride. “It was amazing to share my story,” said Lalli, an early childhood educator with CUPE 1936 in Vancouver. “I was able to…

Myth buster: The corporatization of post-secondary education

As public funding has fallen, universities and colleges have increasingly turned to private funding to fill in the gap. But many donations and corporate contracts come with strings attached and can end up compromising academic freedom, re-directing the priorities of…

International solidarity with Jasic workers and supporters jailed in China

Unions in Asia have rallied in support of the more than 40 workers and their supporters jailed and ‘”disappeared” in China following attempts by workers at Jasic Technology in Shenzen  to form a union last year.On March 28, the national…

The real cost of cheap food: 1,500 farmworker deaths in Italy in 6 years

According to a March 27 article in the UK medical journal The BMJ over 1,500 workers in agriculture in Italy have died over the past 6 years as a result of their work. “Agriculture counts the fallen like those on…

UNCSW63’s positive outcomes for women’s human rights to social protection systems, quality public services, including education, and sustainable infrastructure

The women workers’ delegation, including education unionists, welcomes the Agreed Conclusions of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which includes positive language on education and social protection systems.   Key gains on gender and education…

Early childhood education, seen as crucial in the Nordic Way and worldwide

An international conference entitled, “The Nordic Way –Early Childhood Education & Care”was organised on 26-27 March, 2019 in Oslo.It was convened by Union of Education Norway (UEN), in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Nordic…

Zambian union on organizing blitz for contract mineworkers

Of the country’s 65,000 mineworkers, nearly half, 30,000, are employed through contractors. The Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) is on a recruitment drive for contract workers who are often employed on short-term contracts with low pay and little or no…

Ethiopia: workers strike for a union in Hawassa industrial park

26.03.2019 With no commitment towards addressing their grievances, thousands of textile and garment workers at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, went on strike 13-15 March demanding that the employers act on sexual harassment, improve health and safety and increase wages….

MONTREAL becomes a BLUE COMMUNITY

The City of Montreal has been certified as a Blue Community, as part of World Water Day celebrations on March 22. To be certified, cities pledge to recognize the human right to water and wastewater services and to promote public…

Early childhood education, seen as crucial in the Nordic Way and worldwide

At the Nordic Way Conference, exploring Nordic approaches to early childhood education and care policies and pedagogy, Education International has reaffirmed that free quality early childhood education delivered by trained and qualified teachers, is crucial for quality education and healthy,…

Saskatchewan budget is balanced in favour of bureaucracy, at the expense of front line care

Saskatchwan’s newest provincial budget is balanced in favour of bureaucracy, at the expense of front line care, says CUPE 5430< The merger of 12 health regions into the Saskatchewan Health Authority was predicted to save $20 million annually, with all savings…

Quebec budget: investment in home care, fears about the private sector’s role

CUPE welcomes the 5-year $1.5 billion investment earmarked for home care in the budget tabled March 21 by Quebec Finance Minister, Éric Girard. These investments are a necessary step toward rebuilding the public health and social services system that was…

Increased daily care for residents must come with Ontario’s new long-term care beds

While new long-term care beds announced by the provincial government today are badly needed, CUPE Ontario is calling for long-overdue investments to increase resident quality of life and care levels which are dismally low compared to other provinces. Failing to do that, says Candace…

Rubber workers in Turkey picket for union recognition

Members of IndustriALL Global Union’s Turkish affiliate Petrol-Is (oil, chemical and rubber workers’ union) are protesting against intolerable working conditions, low wages and insufficient health and safety measures at the conveyor belt factory in Istanbul, Turkey. The majority of workers…

Long-time City of Calgary foreman elected new president of CUPE Alberta

Delegates at CUPE Alberta’s annual convention elected Rory Gill to be their new provincial president on Thursday, wrapping up the three-day event. “I’m very honoured that members elected me to further the mission of CUPE to protect workers’ rights, promote social justice…

United call for sustainable shipbreaking in Bangladesh

The tripartite meeting, held with the support of FNV and the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS), reviewed the current issues facing shipbreaking workers, including implementation of labour legislation and occupational health and safety. Participants underlined the importance and urgency…

Expanded training centre opens for shipbreaking workers in India

One of its kind in the South Asia region, the training centre, which educates and train shipbreaking workers on safe and sustainable recycling of ships, has been expanded with added facilities and was inaugurated on 13 March 2019. Speaking at…

VDSz historic Hungarian Hankook strike settled with major gains

25.03.2019 The longest strike in the 116-year history of the VDSz was settled in the evening of 21 March at Hankook Tire. IndustriALL Global Union’s Hungarian affiliate VDSz negotiated a range of improvements for members after the walkout by 1,700…

teachers urge government to move forward on the collective agreement

The Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union (SLTU), together with other education unions, are exerting pressure on the government to negotiate in good faith and respond to educators’ legitimate demands. “We are in situation where we do not have a collective agreement,”…

Africa energy network demands Just Transition

The network, which is supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Trade Union Competence Centre for Sub Saharan South Africa (FES-TUCC), met 12-13 March, Johannesburg, and rejected the unbundling of state-owned enterprises as a disguise for privatization. It supported the positions…

Unions prepare campaign to keep Ford factories in Russia

21.03.2019 Ford union representatives and their national and international colleagues spent two days debating possible ways of safeguarding jobs at the Ford Sollers joint venture in Russia, and their response to the potential closure of other Ford plants, after the…

Ukraine: Unions demand strong industry development strategy

“We need a clear industrial policy” was the main message of IndustriALL’s national affiliates’ meeting on 18 March in Kiev on the eve of the presidential elections in Ukraine. The adopted Joint Declaration entitled “Resolution on the development of national industry…

IndustriALL National Women’s Council of South Africa is founded

21.03.2019 On 14 March, women representatives from IndustriALL affiliates formed the IndustriALL National Women’s Council of South Africa (INWC-SA). The committee immediately released a statement in support of Gugu Ncube, a young woman who has had to endure harsh treatment…

World Water Day

Public water and wastewater services are vital to our lives and are fundamental human rights. These services are the foundation of safe and healthy communities. On March 22, CUPE members and our local and international allies recommit to protecting water and wastewater…

Unpaid garment workers in Indonesia target South Korea

PT Selaras Kausa Busana (SKB) garment factory, located in Bekasi, West Java Province employed 4,000 workers, who are nearly all women, before it was abruptly abandoned by its South Korean owner in October last year. The protesting workers, who are…

Towards living wages in North Macedonia

There are about 40,000 workers in the textile, clothing, leather and shoe industries in North Macedonia. IndustriAll-affiliated STKC has organized 4,000 of them, and there is considerable potential for union growth. Therefore, the national seminar focused on training on organising…