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Month: July 2019

Union says corruption main cause of Zimbabwe’s power cuts

The level of corruption is so high that services have been crippled. In the few factories that remain open, thousands of jobs are being lost as there is no power to run machinery and equipment. The power utility is also…

Four coal miners dead and nine injured in a Coal India accident

Bharatpur is in the Talcher coalfields of Mahanadi Coalfields, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited in the state of Odisha. So far, nine coal miners have been rescued from the debris and are receiving medical treatment. The bodies of three…

Cement unions in India commit to improve occupational health and safety

Trade union representatives reported that despite improvements in OHS in the cement industry and periodic health check-ups in many places, most of the workforce in the industry is not provided with comprehensive safety training. As a result, a large number…

Congress ends, but the fight is not over

Saying good-bye to 1400 participants, the last day of World Congress was not easy. Now the numerous plans and policies will be put into action by united and capable education unionists. After an intense week, Congress came to a close…

Breakthrough health and safety agreement at Danone Russia

The IUF Russian affiliates AIWU and Novoprof have taken a significant step towards raising health and safety standards at Danone facilities throughout Russia in a newly-signed agreement. The agreement builds on the international agreement on health, safety and stress between…

Young workers discuss strategies for the future of unions in Africa

These are some of the issues that were discussed at the youth activist school in Durban, South Africa, 23-25 July which concluded that the challenges are also an opportunity to transform unions. The 26 participants at the school were drawn…

Denmark: Burger King workers win their first collective agreement

The IUF-affiliated 3F has won a first collective agreement covering 33 Burger King restaurants owned by four different operators. The collective agreement covers some 1.400 employees and provides for guaranteed working hours, bonus payment for evening and weekend hours, duty…

Congress welcomes new EI Executive Board

The torch was passed on the last day of Education International’s 8th World Congress as the new Executive Board was officially welcomed and delegates paid tribute to outgoing members. The elections saw a considerable increase in the number of women…

It’s our victory – ILO adopts new global standards to combat violence and harassment in the world of work

The IUF wholeheartedly welcomes the adoption on June 21 of new global standards on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. The Convention and Recommendation, adopted at the 2019 International Labour Conference, are the outcome of sustained mobilization and…

Aqua Star, audits and a union leader in prison

No one surpasses the standards we set for ourselvesAqua Star The failures of social audits, which ostensibly serve to assess supplier compliance with minimum standards, are well known. Rana Plaza had been auditied, and certified to be in compliance with…

Educators’ unions in Australia and the EU call for education to be carved out of trade negotiations

Educators’ unions in Australia and the EU call for education to be carved out of trade negotiations During the Education International (EI) 8th World Congress, affiliated educators’ unions in Australia and the European Union issued a statement calling for the…

Wood Buffalo Housing continues to push for fly-by-night contractors over employees

As the lockout of Wood Buffalo Housing (WBH) employees reaches the two-month mark, bargaining between CUPE 1505 in Fort McMurray, AB and the housing authority continues at a slow pace. Earlier today, Wood Buffalo Housing issued a news release outlining its…

CUPE Ontario members rally against cuts to Brant Family and Children’s Services as entire board resigns

Fred Hahn, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario (CUPE Ontario) joined front-line workers at Brant Family & Children’s Services (Brant FACS) and community members to rally against cuts to services for children and families, mandated by the…

Infrastructure bank targets local water systems

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is expanding its privatization plans to include municipal water and wastewater facilities. The bank recently announced its support for a public-private partnership (P3) in a small Ontario community, calling the move “innovative financing.” In a release…

Health minister urged to overrule “poorly thought out” decision to close forensic pathology in Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant and Dufferin

Ontario’s health minister is being urged by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to overrule closing the forensic pathology unit at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre and moving 1,300 medical-legal autopsies and investigations in sudden or suspicious deaths annually for…

BC 9-1-1 operators launch awareness campaign

BC’s 9-1-1 operators play a critical role in emergency response for communities throughout the province, but they remain invisible to the public—a situation the Emergency Dispatchers of BC hope to change with a new awareness campaign launched this week. With its main…

Underpaid student employees: Sherbrooke blue-collar workers take action

Exasperated at seeing the City of Sherbrooke underpaying its student employees, CUPE 2729 submitted an application for certification to the Administrative Labour Tribunal last July 18 for the purpose of including the students in its collective agreement. The City of Sherbrooke employs…

CUPE 650 votes in favour of strike action, joining CUPE 3766 to tell Regina Public School Division: “Our schools work because we do”

For the second time in less than three weeks, workers of the Regina Public School Division have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action. In a meeting held July 17, 2019, members of CUPE 650 voted 93 per cent in favour…

After a long and challenging round of bargaining, CUPE 1949 Legal Aid workers get a tentative agreement

After 25 bargaining sessions that took place over the course of two years, Legal Aid workers with CUPE 1949 have signed a tentative agreement. “This is not just good news for our members, it’s a major victory for our most vulnerable…

EI celebrates education champions

Today Education International honoured two outstanding activists during its 8th World Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. Curtis Riep received the Albert Shanker Education Award and Jalila al Salman received the Mary Hatwood Futrell Human and Trade Union Rights Award. Every World…

City of Bathurst locks out CUPE 1282 members

Following a deadlock in negotiations, the City of Bathurst has locked out the members of CUPE 1282. These employees work in many positions essential to the city’s operations, including secretaries, IT support technicians, payroll and accounts clerks, operations analysts, purchasing agents,…

Congress takes action to achieve universal free quality education

The fourth day of Education International’s 8th World Congress was a celebration of human rights and an expression of the collective strength of the teaching profession. The theme of the day was ensuring free quality education for all. In a…

Czech energy company denies rights to Georgian workers

The Georgian union launched a campaign for dignity and respect at work, union recognition, and negotiated wages that meet living costs and are indexed to inflation. However, the company has refused to meet with the union or address any of…

First young delegate caucus at the EI World Congress

First Young Advocates Round Table at the EI World Congress Today, the 8th EI World Congress hosted the first Young Advocates Round Table. With a strict age limit of 35, participants sat together and developed strategies on how to boost…

South East Asian cement workers demand an end to unfair competition

The unions unanimously passed a South East Asia cement network declaration at the end of IndustriALL regional cement industry workshop on 23-24 July 2019 in Bogor, Indonesia. “We are convinced that only joint action can save a sustainable cement production…

Educators come together to share lessons on democracy

A book, written by EI President Susan Hopgood and former EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen, entitled “On Education & Democracy; 25 Lessons from the Teaching Profession”, was launched by the co-authors during the EI Congress in Bangkok on the…

Moroccan unions reject strike-restricting law

Unions are demanding the proposed legislation, which limits the right to strike, is withdrawn for adoption by the Moroccan parliament. The draft regulatory law No. 15.97 was written without consultation or negotiation with trade unions, contravening fundamental International Labour Organization…

Union picket at Spanish packaging company in Turkey enters ninth week

Workers are protesting against the company in Söğütlü town of Sakarya province after it unlawfully dismissed six trade union members on 29 May 2019. The company is refusing to recognize the union, even though the Turkish Ministry of Labour issued…

Unions on the Frontlines

In a well-received speech at Education International’s 8th World Congress, guest speaker Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and former EI Vice-President, argued that education workers’ unions must be involved in the fight for democracy,…

World’s Teachers Condemn Donald Trump over Racist Attacks on U.S. Congresswomen

8th Education International World Congress – Unions Representing 32 Million Educators from more than 170 Countries Stand in Solidarity with Women Representatives told to “go back” Education International, the global body representing the world’s teachers, voted unanimously Thursday to condemn…