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Month: August 2019

#TheCargill14 take their fight for reinstatement to Cargill’s Turkish head office

To mark 500 days of their ongoing struggle, the Cargill 14 gathered with other trade unionists and supporters in front of Cargill’s Turkish headquarters in Istanbul on August 30. This demonstration follows a court ruling in July 2019 that they…

Mass protest in Myanmar calling for enforced labour law

4,000 workers in the Hlaing Thar Yar district and 600 workers in the Kyauk Tan district voiced their protests over the lack of implementation of the amended law, which was passed in June this year. Many of the demonstrators wore…

education union reaffirms commitment to quality public education for all in Kurdistan

Iraq: education union reaffirms commitment to quality public education for all in Kurdistan At its 30th Executive Council meeting, the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union emphasised the need for the Iraqi region’s public authorities to ensure quality teacher training, a quality education…

IndustriALL affiliates in Asia-Pacific to mobilize for fairer trade

Trade unions are demanding that free trade agreements should benefit all and that unions are consulted in the negotiations. The action is timed to coincide with the L20 or Labour 20 – a meeting of trade union leaders from the…

EI calls for Labour 20 to refocus on education

Education International leadership attending the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting remind ministers that education has to be part of any meaningful long-term strategy to address our common challenges. Susan Hopgood, Education International (EI) President and David Edwards, EI General…

EI calls for Labour 20 to refocus on education

Education International leadership attending the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting remind ministers that education has to be part of any meaningful long-term strategy to address our common challenges. Susan Hopgood, Education International (EI) President and David Edwards, EI General…

Bangladesh: 701 garment workers fired after Eid

As workers returned to the factory after Eid vacation on 18 August, SF Denim Apparels cited ‘work order shortage’ and announced one of the largest terminations in Bangladeshi garment factories in recent times. At least half of the 701 workers…

Calls to formalize artisanal and small-scale mining in Africa

ASM provides livelihoods to over 10 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, and yet is inherently dangerous claiming an incalculable number of lives every year. In June, more than 40 artisanal miners were killed at a mine collapse at Glencore’s cobalt mine in the…

Agreement to end harassment at Nien Hsing factories, Lesotho

IDUL has been fighting gender-based violence and harassment at Nien Hsing Textile company factories in Maseru for many years. The company, which employs over 10,000 workers, even cancelled a memorandum of understanding in retaliation for being asked about the violationswhen…

new teachers must receive equal salaries for equal qualifications

Germany: new teachers must receive equal salaries for equal qualifications The Verband Bildung und Erziehung is pushing for teachers in Germany to be paid the same amount of money for the same initial education and qualifications when they enter the…

Philippine President vetoes bill to end contract work

The President states that notwithstanding the veto, he will continue to stand by his “firm commitment to protect the workers’ right to security of tenure by eradicating all forms of abusive employment practices”. However, unions are wary and waiting to…

Dominican Republic: An Ultimatum for the Government on Quality Education : Education International

A delegation from Education International Latin America participated in the massive rally for quality public education called by member organisation ADP. The demonstration, which took place this past August 22nd, coincided with the sub-regional meeting of EILA’s network of women…

National Skills Week highlights urgent need for more TAFE funding

In the framework of the Australian National Skills Week, held from 26 August – 1st September, educators urge the Federal Government to put a halt to the cuts in funding for technical and further education and the sector’s privatisation. AEU:…

GCSE results put stress on students and undermine their learning opportunities

Following the release of the results of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), UK education unions welcome the hard work of students and all those who have supported them, including education professionals, and stress the impact of these tests…

Educators join in global outcry and demand responsible environmental policies

Over 2,500 fires have been reported in the Amazon rainforest over the past few days alone. Educators call for stronger environmental polices in Brazil and across the world. The dire situation in the Amazon rainforest has made headlines across the…

Workers discuss future of the mobility sector and employment in Latin America

At the meeting, which was attended by union representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay, the education coordinator at Brazil’s Inter-union Department of Statistics and Socio-economic Studies (DIEESE), Fausto Augusto Junior, gave an overview of the current and…

Unite Here sends a message to American Airlines: One Job Should be Enough

Airline catering workers in the US took their campaign for a living wage and affordable healthcare to Dallas- Ft Worth on August 13 when more than 600 Unite Here members protested outside the headquarters of American Airlines. In a planned…

Sri Lankan unions demand withdrawal of anti-worker labour law

The government of Sri Lanka as part of its attempt to change and replace the existing numerous labour laws has introduced a unified employment law also known as the Single Labour Law for consideration of the tripartite National Labour Advisory Council beginning of…

civil society calls on government to stop the expansion of private education

Liberia: civil society calls on government to stop the expansion of private education The fight against the privatisation of education has taken a step further in Liberia. The National Teachers’ Association of Liberia together with twelve civil and human right…

Thai workers demand to increase minimum wage

The union activists reminded that the 425 THB increase of national daily minimum wage was promised by the government party ‘Palang Pracharat’ during the general elections campaign and now that the party is leading the new government it should live…

Latin American unions condemn the rise of precarious work at General Motors

General Motors (GM) unions from Argentina, Brazil and Colombia came together to discuss the situation of their workers. GM, which produces cars, trucks and engines, is currently restructuring its activities at various plants and has undermined employees’ rights in the…

500 days of injustice – We must right the wrong and #FreeLula

Today, August 20th, marks 500 days of the wrongful imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva. This is a day of action and mobilisation for justice. Educators from around the world stand with their Brazilian colleagues in…

Ethiopian and South African unions discuss collective bargaining strategies

According to the unions this is important to the living wage campaign in Ethiopia where garment workers earn low wages of less than US$30 per month. In South Africa, for instance, garment workers earn above the national minimum wage of R3500…

Cuts in school funding come with a high educational cost for disadvantaged students

UK education unions sound the alarm regarding the findings of the recently published Education Policy Institute annual report. The evidence is clear: cutting school funding harms the education achievements of students living in poverty the most. NEU urges the Government…

Los Mineros wins workers their share of profits from Grupo Mexico

On 30 July, it was 12 years since the strikes began in three mines run by Grupo Mexico, in Taxco, Cananea and Sombrerete. Back in 2007, some 3,000 workers took action against Grupo Mexico after the company refused to amend…

Solidarity with Evolution Gaming workers in Georgia

From July 30 to August 3, a group of workers at Evolution Gaming in Georgia went on strike to request higher wages and the rehiring of their fellow workers who have been fired due to their union activities. Evolution Gaming…

The summer issues of Industrial Worker and Solidaridad are here!!!

Submitted on Fri, 08/16/2019 – 9:53am Check out the summer issues of the Industrial Worker and Solidaridad. There’s lots of good stuff in here, including: reportbacks from our summer organizing assemblies, advice about building your branch, and a primer on contemporary…

Evidence of Systematic Wage Theft at BMI

Evidence that PT BMI have deliberately and systematically paid workers below the provincial minimum wage was revealed in an Indonesian Court. Legal firm LBH Lampung together with IUF affiliate FSBMM have filed a criminal case against BMI management based on…

Brazilians protest against reforms on pension and education

13 August was a national day of protest for Brazil’s trade union centers and social movements. Protest actions, assemblies and strikes took place in 200 states of Brazil. Unions, student and popular movements carried out a series of actions throughout…

Brazilans protest against reforms on pension and education

Brazilans protest against reforms on pension and education Protestors in Brazil took a stand on 13 August against the social security reform promoted by the extreme-right president Jair Bolsonaro, and in defense of public education and employment. 13 August was…