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Month: May 2019

Members of New Zealand teacher unions unite in largest teachers’ strike in New Zealand history

Almost 50,000 New Zealand teachers take to the streets to advocate for a higher education budget. Education International supports the almost 50,000 New Zealand primary and secondary school teachers and principals who came together on Tuesday, 28th of May for…

IndustriALL’s Executive Committee advancing workers’ rights

“An attack on one, is an attack on all,” said IndustriALL President Jörg Hofmann in his opening statement. “We need to make sure that as many people as possible benefit from global solidarity, which we know can make a difference…

Grief following the attack on schoolchildren in Kawasaki

As people around the world express their shock and disbelief on the student stabbing in Japan, educators express their deepest sympathy and sorrow. People around the world are shocked at the student stabbings in Japan. Educators are also disturbed that, once…

Safety crisis in Bangladesh shipbreaking yards continues

The series of recent accidents point to a massive safety crisis in the Bangladeshi shipbreaking industry. Five workers were injured in a fire in the Golden Iron Shipbreaking yard on 28 May. Two workers with severe burns are in hospital….

US judge orders new union vote at Kumho Tire

The judge also ordered South Korean-owned Kumho Tire to take action to repair the damage made by their violations at the workplace at the time of the previous ballot in October 2017. USW narrowly lost the election by 28 votes, following…

British Steel workers deserve a future

IndustriALL’s affiliates, Unite, GMB and Community are calling on the UK government to find a solution that secures jobs and guarantees the long term future of British Steel as the company faces receivership. The company employs 5,000 people directly, and…

Remembering Tiananmen | IUF UITA IUL

Working people in Hong Kong will gather on June 4 to keep alive the promise and the memory of China’s 1989 democracy movement and workers’ self-organized autonomous trade unions that challenged the official trade union structures of the Party-state. The…

Chad: a quarterly trade union newsletter resulting from successful development cooperation : Education International

Fruitful cooperation between education unions from the French-speaking world has brought tangible results with the production, printing and distribution of a trade union newsletter, a valuable communication tool ensuring that trade union action gets noticed and supporting the maintenance or…

Iraqi educators take stock of the education system in the Kurdistan region of

Iraqi educators take stock of the education system in the Kurdistan region of Iraq Education trade unionists belonging to the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union and the Iraqi Teachers’ Union took stock of the situation of education in the Kurdistan region of…

Innovative union organizing strategies tackled in Philippine workshop

Union density is low in the Philippines at 7.7 per cent (in 2014). Numerous factors such as difficulty in gaining legal recognition, intervention of employers and local governments, state repression, as well as the power of global corporations, make it…

African unions want an inclusive free trade agreement

The AfCFTA was discussed at the annual global unions’ forum, supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, on 13-15 May in Johannesburg. Six global unions, regional confederations, a national federation, together with SASK which also supports trade union work in the…

Torrent Pharmaceutical workers in India beaten and fired after joining union

All 600 permanent workers at Torrent Pharmaceutical’s Baddi plant joined the Association of Chemical Workers Union – an affiliate of the central trade union, Indian National Trade Union Centre (INTUC) – and informed the management on 12 October 2018.  They…

A busy year for BC health care presidents

After a successful year of bargaining that saw its members achieve solid new collective agreements, increased visibility and new ways to address workload, CUPE BC’s Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC) met on May 15 to review progress so far, identify…

Massive support for striking union members at Université de Montréal

The 18 building systems technicians and stationary engineers at the Université de Montréal received a groundswell of support from delegates to the CUPE-Quebec convention in Quebec City this week. The striking workers, who were in Quebec City yesterday, received a rousing…

In the face of dire funding cuts, Ontario paramedics ask: “Will there be an ambulance available when you need one?”

In the week since the Ford government announced it is freezing land ambulance grants at 2017-2018 levels, municipalities have been scrambling to sort out the full impact of what could be a cut of $40-50 million province-wide. Ontario paramedics, the…

Urgent Care at Concordia response to community mobilizing: now it’s time to end the chaos in health care

It’s time to end the chaos in health care says CUPE 204 President Debbie Boissonneault, in response to the government’s announcement that the Concordia Hospital Emergency Room will be converted to an Urgent Care Centre within the next five weeks….

CUPE signs agreement to make K-12 schools safe and inclusive for all students

The fact that all 60 public school districts have joined the BC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Educator Network is another victory in the effort to make schools safe and inclusive for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities…

Meet the face of exploited low-waged labour: Peterborough, ON home care staff

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is one of Peterborough’s oldest community care providers. “Unfortunately, corporate, VON Canada, who aren’t local, are also the epitome of an exploitative employer, already paying low wages and refusing to give a decent raise….

Toronto education workers call on TDSB trustees to protect student services from Ford government’s cuts

As the expected impacts of Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB’s) proposed 2019-20 operating budget become devastatingly clear, education workers are urging the school board’s trustees to take a stand against making cuts that will hurt the city’s children, families and communities….

Reminder: Resolution and constitutional amendment deadline for CUPE National Convention

In accordance with Article 6.11(a) of the CUPE Constitution, resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments must be sent to the CUPE national office by July 9th, 2019 in order to be presented to the convention for debate. Please refer to here for resolution…

CUPE files to represent flight attendants at Swoop

The Canadian Union of Public Employees continues to reinforce its reputation as Canada’s flight attendant union, as the union today filed to represent 170 flight attendants at Swoop, WestJet’s low-fare airline. “Swoop flight attendants have been calling out for transparent and fair…

Chilean BHP unions join forces to face challenges

IndustriALL was invited the second meeting of the six unions of BHP’s Cerro Colorado, Spence and Escondida mines on 8 May, who form the coordination body. “It has been a productive meeting; the coordination body is committed to help us…

Latin America defines the next steps in the fight against privatization

Latin America defines the next steps in the fight against privatization Topics in this post: Union leaders have gathered in Costa Rica to discuss how to take the global response against the privatisation of education to the next level. “Students…

Vicious escalation in anti-union aggression at Indonesian global seafood supplier BMI

IUF affiliates in Indonesia have launched daily mass protests outside the Lampung, Indonesia seafood factory of Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI), a major supplier to the global seafood industry, following the May 17 arrest of union secretary Reni Desmiria. Eight years…

Lockout continues at Dow Texas chemical plant

The 235 workers were locked out by Rohm and Haas Texas lnc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical, on 22 April, after negotiations for a new collective agreement broke down. The company is owned by DowDuPont, which was formed…

Asia-Pacific region calls for international action on copyright

International action is essential in order to address the challenges that educators and researchers face when working with copyright-protected materials. That was the finding of a recent regional seminar on copyright exceptions for education, research, libraries, archives and museums. The…

IndustriALL again demands Shell address violations in supply chain

Shell has refused to recognize serious breaches of its own code of conduct by its suppliers, which were raised at Shell’s AGM last year. An IndustriALL mission to Nigeria in September 2018 witnessed first-hand how contract workers at Shell in…

In Italy, unions mobilise to defend academic freedom

After the suspension of a teacher for the contents of a video produced by her students, the Italian education unions are taking action to denounce an attack on academic freedom and a serious threat to democracy. Rosa Maria Dell’Aria, a…

Beyond meat? What’s inside – and behind – the lab-grown protein rush

The share price of USD-based Beyond Meat, a maker of plant-based proteins that mimic meat, has tripled in the three weeks since it was introduced on the stock market. Rival Impossible Foods’ Impossible Whopper can now be purchased at Burger…

SPECIAL REPORT: Why is mining still so dangerous?

Text: Kimber Meyer, Léonie Guguen, Walton Pantland A methane gas explosion in a coal mine in Pakistan kills four workers, and traps another 40 underground. In Zimbabwe, 28 artisanal miners drown when the gold mine they are working in floods….