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Month: April 2019

Doug Ford’s assault against the little guy to continue with move to lower public sector wages

Ontario Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy today signaled that the assault against the little guy that began with the cancelations of social assistance and minimum wage hikes will now shift to reducing the incomes of hundreds of thousands of hard working…

Hyundai and Kia unions call for a global framework agreement

The meeting, which was opened by the president of host union OS KOVO, Jaroslav Souček, was held in Ostrava because of the importance of the local Hyundai plant. Participants spoke about relations at Hyundai and Kia plants and suppliers around…

UNBC teaching assistants vote to join CUPE

Teaching assistants (TAs) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) voted overwhelmingly to join CUPE 2278 in a labour board vote held on Wednesday. The 76 TAs will now be members of the union local representing teaching assistants and English-language…

Botswana union challenges leader’s unfair dismissal

The union is demanding her immediate reinstatement and an end to all of forms of victimization and union busting. Botshome, who has worked for the company for nine years, was dismissed in November 2018 on allegations of poor work performance and negligence,…

CUPE files to represent WestJet Encore flight attendants

CUPE has filed an application at the Canada Industrial Relations Board to represent flight attendants at WestJet Encore. A majority of WestJet Encore flight attendants have signed cards supporting unionization with CUPE, after citing the need for better schedules and better opportunities for…

Tchibo and IndustriALL continue to build industrial relations in the supply chain

The parties met in Hamburg, Germany at the beginning of April to review the work of the last two years and to develop plans for 2019 and 2020.  Participants from India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Turkey and Myanmar attended the two-day workshop….

Ford government’s budget offers only “fake” investments in education

Empty promises and meaningless phrases in the Ford government’s budget announcement mask the true harm that will be done to Ontario’s students and system of public education, said the leader of the council that represents 55,000 education workers in CUPE. The…

Belarusian workers face repression at Belaruskali

In a letter to the company dated to 11 April 2019, IndustriALL general secretary Valter Sanches said: “We are outraged with the reports about the anti-union policies and practices engaged by the management of Belaruskali, which have resulted in the…

Coal unions to intensify organizing precarious workers

A total of 25 union representatives, including eleven women organizers, who are members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, the Indian National Mine Workers Federation (INMF) and Hind Khadan Mazdoor Federation (HKMF) participated in the workshop, organized as part of IndustriALL’s…

Top human rights award goes to education leader

The Secretary General of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in the Philippines has been named as recipient of a top international prize for trade union rights.   France Castro, a top trade union activist in the Philippines, has been…

The Accord must continue in Bangladesh until the government is truly able to ensure worker safety

IndustriALL assistant general secretary Jenny Holdcroft said, “It is good that the Court has decided to allow more time for negotiations between the Accord and the BGMEA and the Government. The Accord cannot cease its operations without a resolution that…

women education unionists develop leadership skills in the union, schools, and society

The Women’s Department of the Nepal National Teachers’ Association has organised a training of trainers for leadership development in the union, schools and society for women members, with the objective of providing them with a gender specific agenda. Forty-five Nepal…

Advance Notice: CUPE National Convention 2019

Resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments Resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments must be received no later than July 9th, 2019. A copy of the convention resolutions book will be posted on CUPE’s website 30 days prior to the convention. Please refer to…

Canada: Unions win paid leave, support for victims of domestic violence

In response to ongoing union campaigns for paid leave and improved support for victims of domestic violence and abuse, Canada’s federal Labour Code has been amended to include a clause requiring all federally-regulated workplaces five days of paid leave for…

Strike for fair pay at Electrolux continues

A month and a half into the strike, management is still refusing to change its position and negotiate on wages allowing for a decent life for the workers and their families. Instead, Electrolux continues to offer an increase of €1/day…

Global #FreeLula protests | IndustriALL

In more than 30 cities worldwide, rallies were held between 7 and 10 April in support of the Free Lula Movement. Brazil’s former president was imprisoned exactly one year ago in Curitiba, having been the target of unprecedented political and…

ArcelorMittal union network aims for stronger global dialogue

Fifty leaders from unions at ArcelorMittal in 15 countries meeting on 8-9 April 2019 adopted a plan of action and called for IndustriALL Global Union to approach ArcelorMittal global management to begin discussions with the aim of achieving a Global Framework Agreement….

It’s time for the IFIs to do some spring cleaning

As the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund enter into this year’s Spring Meetings, Education International has released a statement that calls for these international financial institutions to evaluate the efficacy of their work and to take new approaches,…

Organizing diamond mineworkers in the mountains of Lesotho

The rough terrain is no deterrent to IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Independent Democratic Union of Lesotho (IDUL), which is increasing its membership against all odds and began organizing diamond mineworkers in a similar drive last year. The union aims…

Unions stage global protest against Kimberly-Clark

11 April 2019 – IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union Joint Statement on Kimberly-Clark UNI and IndustriALL Global Unions strongly condemn Kimberly-Clark’s global restructuring plans and their contempt towards engagement with the trade unions representing workers across the globe….

Living under the threat of bursting mining dams

Located in the region known as the Iron Quadrilateral, in the centre of Brazil, Itabira is the birthplace of one of the country’s most famous poets, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, but also that of the mining company Vale do Rio…

Saskatchewan now dead last when it comes to minimum wage

On April 1, Saskatchewan now has the dubious distinction of having the lowest minimum wage in the country. “With a minimum wage of $11.06 an hour, many workers in Saskatchewan are struggling to make ends meet,” says Tom Graham, President of…

CUPE 3906 wins equal pay for Faculty of Science postdocs

In November 2017, CUPE 3906 filed a grievance against McMaster University to address an alleged inequitable wage gap between men and women working as postdoctoral fellows. CUPE 3906 claimed that the difference in wages violated both the collective agreement and the Equal Pay…

The situation is deteriorating at the Université de Montréal

The strike by building systems technicians and stationary engineers is continuing at the Université de Montréal. Yesterday, the strikers voted unanimously in favour of continuing the strike, which began last March 14, for an additional fifteen days. The situation has worsened…

Day of Pink | Canadian Union of Public Employees

Event overview The second Wednesday in April is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, and Transphobia. Join CUPE members across the country and wear pink to stand up to bullying! In communities across Canada and around the world, people wear…

On April 10, wear your best pink

The second Wednesday in April is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, and Transphobia. Join CUPE members across the country and wear pink to stand up to bullying! In communities across Canada and around the world, people wear pink to…

JustTourism: a union web portal in the global hospitality sector promoting fair hotels

JustTourism is a new web portal maintained by IUF members in the global hospitality sector providing updated information on hotels which respect trade union rights. Through JustTourism unions and other organizations seeking conference venues can identify establishments covered by collective…

Energy workers in Georgia campaign for respect and decent salaries

Union members agreed upon the campaign at a workshop organized by IndustriALL in Telavi on 6-7 April 2019. Local management of Czech-owned Energo Pro Georgia continually refuses the union’s request for constructive social dialogue and avoids meetings with trade union…

CUPE campaign calls for quality public home care in Quebec

On April 2, CUPE launched an advertising and mobilization campaign promoting public home care in Quebec. Years of cuts and privatization by the Couillard government have left home care staff exhausted and have compromised service quality and access. The Legault…

ZNP calls strike over education salaries after government turned a deaf ear to their demands

Despite efforts to come to an agreement with public authorities, Poland’s teachers and other education workers are following the call by the education union Zwiazek Nauczycielstwa Polskiego to go on strike to demand higher salaries.   After last-minute talks with…