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Month: April 2019

Management stands by as thugs assault union members at Perfetti Van Melle factory in Bangladesh

On April 9, thugs supplied by a labour contractor at Netherlands-based global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle’s factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh launched an organized attack on union members at work. Management stood by as over 20 goons organized by labour and…

Cambodian unions call on brands to ACT

In the letters to Gap, Puma, Nike, Adidas, Uniqlo, Levi’s and VF, the unions tell the companies that their failure to sign on to the ACT commitments and to pool their sourcing leverage with the other ACT brands is now…

CUPE recommends that Rimouski municipal maintenance contracts be brought back in-house

Following City Council’s unanimous rejection of bids for grass cutting and maintenance contracts for various lots owned by the Town of Rimouski, QC, CUPE 5275 believes that the work should be done in-house. CUPE union representative Yanick Proulx indicated that “we already have the expertise to…

Teacher union invests in facilities to improve education in Kurdistan

Iraq: Teacher union invests in facilities to improve education in Kurdistan Topics in this post: Education unionists have invested in a building project to enhance quality education in Kurdistan.   The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) signed a contract with the…

Côte d’Ivoire government investment in private schools: a bad bet for the future of the young and the country : Education International

A study commissioned by Education International and carried out by two prominent researchers shows that the Ivory Coast should redirect its investments in education towards the public sector and put end to privatization. The study on the privatisation of schooling…

Teacher union invests in facilities to improve education in Kurdistan

Irak: Teacher union invests in facilities to improve education in Kurdistan Topics in this post: Education unionists have invested in a building project to enhance quality education in Kurdistan.   The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) signed a contract with the…

IUF EC calls for action on homophobic legislation in Brunei

The IUF Executive Committee (EC) has condemned the introduction of new legislation in Brunei mandating death by stoning for homosexual sex and called for action to pressure the government to repeal the law. In a resolution adopted at its meeting…

Migrant worker leaders elected in Jordan garment factories

The election on 22 March is the culmination of a project by the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile Garment & Clothing Industries in Jordan (JTGCU), supported by IndustriALL Global Union, to develop representative structures for migrant workers. The…

Stop governmental harassment of education trade unionists

In its resolution adopted at its 52th meeting, the Education Internationals Executive Board condemns the profiling and red-tagging/terrorist-tagging of, and death threats against Alliance of Concerned Teachers/Philippines leaders.   Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) leader and Education International (EI) Executive…

Democracy, human rights and the future of work on Executive Board’s agenda

The agenda of the 52nd Education International Executive board meeting covered a wide range of topics that are going to be key in four months at the organisation’s key political event, its Congress. The EI Executive Board is the elected…

The Chancellor’s speech does not adequately address the education funding crisis

While commending the Chancellor of the Exchequer for announcing in his Spring Statement the funding of free sanitary products in secondary schools, UK education unions deeply regret that he did not address the national school funding crisis.   NEU: The…

Like father, like daughter | Canadian Union of Public Employees

Emily Turk | CUPE Communications Mylene Holmes is no stranger to the labour movement. Her father was a union man and activist back in the Philippines, working for the Marcelo Steel Corporation for 37 years. “I remember when I was six or…

UK: Scapegoating teachers and other workers will not solve violent crime : Education International

Commenting on the Downing Street Summit on violent crime, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has reaffirmed that violent crime involving young people is a complex issue which will not be resolved by putting additional pressures…

Budget 2019: Micro-targeted solutions for macro issues

Budget 2019 correctly identified many of the problems that are facing Canadians: lack of affordable housing across the income spectrum, skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, the need for on-the-job experience for young workers and re-skilling for mid-career workers, the heavy…

New report identifies teacher shortage as biggest threat to education system

The growing teacher shortage is a barrier to quality education, especially for children from low-income households, and is the biggest risk factor for the US education system. “The teacher shortage is real and has serious consequences,” reads the introduction of…

Thames Valley educational assistants fear September turmoil for students

Even though there will be more children with autism enrolled in London’s Thames Valley schools in September, layoff notices went out this month to educational assistants (EAs), the very workers who provide support for students with a wide range of…

CUPE recommends that municipal maintenance contracts be brought back in-house

Following City Council’s unanimous rejection of bids for grass cutting and maintenance contracts for various lots owned by the Town of Rimouski, QC, CUPE 5275 believes that the work should be done in-house. CUPE union representative Yanick Proulx indicated that “we already have the expertise to…

LafargeHolcim fires workers for organizing union in Mexico

02.04.2019 Last week 28 and 29 March LafargeHolcim subsidiary Apasco fired other six workers in Hermosillo, Mexico for their affiliation to Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros Metalúrgicos, Siderúrgicos y Similares de la República Mexicana, Los Mineros, an affiliate of IndustriALL…

Albanian unions and employers want collective agreement

At a seminar in Tirana on 27-28 March, part of an EU-funded project “Strengthening the capacity of trade unions in South-East Europe to improve wages and working conditions in the garment and footwear sectors”, unions and employers came together to…

Sentences served, Myanmar hotel workers leave prison – struggle continues for rights and reinstatement

Six leaders and members of the HLOB union at Hotel Tharabar Gate in Bagan were released from prison on March 29 to an emotional welcome from family and union members after serving their full 30-day sentences. The six were tried,…

Young Nepali unionists demand increased representation

02.04.2019 Twenty-two young trade unionists, including ten women from IndustriALL Global Union Nepali affiliates, met in Hetauda, Nepal, on 26 and 27 March 2019 to strengthen the voice of youth in the union movement.  The unemployment rate for Nepali workers…

Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling boosted by Japanese ratification

Japan has become the tenth country, and the first in Asia, to ratify the Hong Kong Convention on the Safe Recycling and Environmentally Sound of Ships, created by UN shipping agency the International Maritime Organization. The purpose of the Convention…

Trade unions start network at building materials multinational CRH

02.04.2019 Some 30 union representatives and activists from all over Europe came to Dublin, Ireland, on 26 and 27 March 2019, and formed a trade union network to improve social dialogue at the Irish building materials and cement multinational company,…

South African women’s council pickets against sexual harassment at UNISA

02.04.2019 In a vibrant picket punctuated by struggle songs, dancing and chanting, over a hundred women from the IndustriALL Global Union National Women’s Council of South Africa (INWC-SA) came from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg to demand justice for Gugu Ncube….

Workers in Algeria to stage further strikes

Bouteflika announced that he will step down before his current terms ends on 28 April but no date has been set for new presidential elections. IndustriALL Global Union’s trade union affiliate, SNATEG, which represents gas and electricity workers in Algeria,…

Maldives: Hotel resort workers highlight need for legal minimum wage in national elections

In the lead-up to national parliamentary elections on April 6, the IUF-affiliated Tourism Employees Association of Maldives (TEAM) organized protest actions calling for a legal minimum wage to be established in the country. TEAM sent letters to all political parties participating…

EI condemns murder of indigenous leader

Education International has sent out an urgent action appeal to its affiliates condemning the murder of Sergio Rojas Ortiz, an indigenous peoples’ rights activist. The murder or Sergio Rojas Ortiz, a leader and defender of the Bribri indigenous community, on…

EU Copyright Directive: mixed outcomes for educators

EU Copyright Directive: mixed outcomes for educators Topics in this post: On March 28, the European Parliament adopted the much discussed EU copyright directive, which will have an impact on teaching and learning. Within the next two years, the new…