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Month: September 2019

Failings in their priorities throughout bargaining have led the Ontario government and school board trustees to abandon responsibility for services for students

The bargaining team negotiating on behalf of 55,000 education workers says the Ministry of Education and Ontario’s school board trustees have maintained the wrong priorities throughout negotiations and that their thinking has led them to abandon their responsibilities toward students. Their…

Georgian coal miners end protest over unpaid wages

The Minister visited Tkibuli on 26 September and organized an urgent meeting with different parties involved in the conflict including representatives of the employer, local authorities and trade union representatives and miners. The strike started in the morning on 24…

European education trade unions address gender equality through social dialogue programme

The European Trade Union Committee for Education, the European region of Education International, wraps up successful project on social dialogue and gender equality in teaching by launching research findings and a good practice database at Bucharest Conference. On 16-17 September,…

Education unionists speak at United Nations General Assembly against climate change and for SDGs implementation

Education International’s leaders joined advocates from across the globe convening at the United Nations General Assembly this week, amid crises including climate change and threats of armed conflict, as well as a growing concern about progress on the 2030 deadline…

Help stop child labour at Chupa Chups maker Perfetti van Melle

Child labourers come and go at Perfetti van Melle’s (PvM) factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh. They disappear during inspections, only to reappear once the inspections have ended. PvM continues to contract with the company supplying these children – Rahat Corporation. After…

Algerian unions need solidarity | IndustriALL

The military has extended its control on virtually every area of society in Algeria after the ailing 82-year-old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was forced to stand down in April following mass protests. The arrests are an attempt to crush independent unions…

K-12 support workers in Okanagan-Skaha reach tentative agreement

CUPE 523, K-12 support workers at School District 67 in Okanagan-Skaha reached a tentative agreement on Sept. 23, following five bargaining sessions that began June 20. CUPE Local 523 Acting President Tammie Koroluk said that this round of bargaining was a new experience…

Peel Region municipal workers highlight their work in new ad campaign

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 966 (CUPE Local 966), representing municipal workers with the Region of Peel, are highlighting their work and their commitment to the community in a new advertising campaign. The transit shelter, bus, billboard…

Wear orange on Sept. 30 to honour residential school survivors

CUPE members are encouraged to honour the survivors of the residential school system by wearing orange shirts on September 30. Since 2013, September 30 has been commemorated as “Orange Shirt Day”, inspired by the story of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad….

City of Vancouver outside workers open municipal bargaining with eyes on affordability

Union concerned their members can no longer afford to live in the communities they serve This week the City of Vancouver and Local 1004 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing outside workers at the City and employees of…

CUPE supports the NDP plan to expand health care to include dental

Thousands of CUPE health care workers across the country are on the frontlines every day to ensure that a strong public health care system is available to assist Canadians and grow our economy. These same people are the ones who…

Workers at Google contractor to join union

The HCL workers, who work alongside Google employees in Pittsburgh, voted for union representation to have a voice on the job and the opportunity to bargain over wages and working conditions. The successful vote comes off the back of union-busting…

CUPE supports the Global Week of Climate Action

On September 18, CUPE’s National Executive Board adopted a resolution supporting the Global Week of Climate Action. CUPE encourages its members to participate in the youth-led Global Week of Climate Action. Actions will be taking place in communities across the…

Youth camp mobilizes young workers in the Philippines

Twenty six young female and male participants attended the activity on 23 and 24 September, held in the mountainous area of Tanay, to assess progress attained in the past two years and devise an action plan for 2020. Young trade…

UNBC and TAs reach first collective agreement after “speedy” negotiation

The first collective agreement for CUPE 2278 teaching assistants at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has now been ratified by both parties, said the union. Getting to the table was a long process that began last year but once…

Indian coal miners strike against privatization of mines

Unions took action to defend public ownership of natural resources and oppose the liberalization of the coal industry by the right wing Modi government. The strike, which was described as “unprecedented” and “historic”, halted CIL’s daily production of 2.5 million…

Sault hospitals’ funding cut will climb to $26.5 million by 2023 under Ford Conservatives

Patient access to hospital care and services will be greatly diminished if the Doug Ford Conservatives move forward with future real funding cuts to health care that, in 2023, will climb to $26.5 million for Sault Ste. Marie area hospitals. Looking…

Fresenius Global Union Alliance demands an end to workers’ rights abuses

From the floor of German union ver.di’s congress in Leipzig to shows of solidarity across the world, members of the Alliance are taking action on the job and online. The Alliance is calling for Fresenius to enter into a global…

Provincial funding cut to Thunder Bay hospitals will climb to $55.6 million by 2023 under Ford Conservatives

Patient access to hospital care and services will be greatly diminished if the Doug Ford Conservatives move forward with future real funding cuts to health care that, in 2023, will climb to $55.6 million for Thunder Bay area hospitals. Looking at…

We can have the services we need!

Every election we hear the same old story – it would be great if we could have high quality, universal public services, but how are we going to pay for it? So we end up getting some variation on corporate…

Coldstream municipal workers vote 96 per cent in favour of striking

Members of the CUPE 626 working for the District of Coldstream, BC have voted 96 per cent in favour of taking job action in a strike vote held late last week. “This is not an action we take lightly,” said CUPE…

As McMaster education workers hold strike vote, support pours in from across Province

As education workers at McMaster University began voting today on whether to give their bargaining committee a mandate to take whatever steps they deem necessary to secure a fair collective agreement, support for the members of Unit 1 of Local…

Unions condemn rights violations in Zimbabwe

The violations take place against the backdrop of misery brought by austerity economic policies and annual hyperinflation of over 900 per cent, which has eroded wages. Police are banning demonstrations, and protestors have been beaten in a clear violation of…

Cambodia: Hotel Casino Union President suspended in attack on collective bargaining rights

Management of the 5-star Naga World Hotel Casino in Pnom Penh has suspended the union president as it escalates its attack on the union and its right to bargain wages. In May 2019, the Naga World Hotel Casino (Labour Rights…

Protesting workers beaten and detained in Iran

At least 15 workers were injured and many more arrested after security forces used violence to break up a peaceful demonstration. Around 900 workers were protesting against months of unpaid wages and privatization of the company. Riot police move in…

Cambodian unions demand sectoral bargaining to achieve living wages

IndustriALL trade union affiliates came together in Phnom Penh on 16 and 17 September as annual wage negotiations between unions, the government and employers continued through the week. On 20 September, a majority of the minimum wage council voted for…

Unions from five countries meet in Chile to campaign for BHP workers’ rights

IndustriALL Global Union is bringing together trade unions from Chile, Australia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru to strengthen union action and to call on BHP, one of the world’s biggest mining companies, to end to bad corporate behaviour at the expense…

UN Human Rights Council names AccorHotels Myanmar business partner in report on military business interests and crimes against humanity

A new report to the current session of the UN Human Rights Council identifies dozens of companies with direct and indirect ties to the military (Tatmadaw) that enable this powerful institution to operate with impunity while committing crimes against humanity….

Teachers join global protest action for climate justice

Fridays For Future: Teachers join global protest action for climate justice At today’s Fridays For Future march, Education International stood in solidarity with students, unions and other civil society groups to demand immediate action against climate change. The 20th of…

Australian glass workers strike for a fair contract

Workers at O-I Austalia did not receive any pay increase over the last seven years although the company has made record sales and profits during the same period. When the Australian unions approached the company management with an attempt to…