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Month: November 2019

Deilmann-Haniel fires workers demanding safety in Belarus

In August 2019, workers wrote to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection with a collective complaint asking for safety certification of their workplace. Although the certification took place, the employer failed to comply with its results. Four months after…

CUPE 500 speaks out against cuts at Winnipeg City Hall

CUPE Local 500 presented to all Standing Policy Committees at Winnipeg’s City Hall this week, with one message: Winnipeggers will not accept cuts to public services, programs, or staff. “This is an historic moment for our City,” CUPE Local 500 President…

Strike in Chile calling for social change

The more than 200 trade unions and social organizations that make up the Social Unity movement held a general strike across the country to protest against the policies put in place by Sebastián Piñera’s government. They say that the solutions…

young people and educators stand against child labour

Germany: young people and educators stand against child labour Young people and educators join Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi to call on politicians to end to child labour.   Every child has a right to education Over two hundred…

IndustriALL stands in solidarity with the people of Iran

The protests started on 15 November, after the government tripled the fuel price overnight. What began as an economic protest soon turned into a broader series of protests against government corruption and mismanagement. The government responded with brutal repression, shooting…

CUPE 951 President calls for donations to United Way

CUPE 951 President Kirk Mercer, is urging other union locals to consider donating to the United Way on December 3, Giving Tuesday. Mercer is the Labour Committee Chair and a Director of United Way. He explains his reasons for donating in…

EI condemns the temporary closure of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education by Israeli authorities

EI condemns the temporary closure of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education by Israeli authorities In a letter to the Israeli embassy in Brussels, Education International (EI) expressed concern regarding the decision of the Public Security…

India ratifies Hong Kong Convention

Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and Turkey are world’s the top five shipbreaking countries, accounting for more than 98 per cent of the global shipbreaking by gross tonnage. On 28 November, the largest one, India, ratified the International Maritime Organization-IMO’s the…

Janice Folk-Dawson, Chair of CUPE Ontario’s University Workers’ Committee, elected OFL Executive Vice-President

CUPE Ontario is thrilled to announce that Janice Folk-Dawson, Chair of CUPE Ontario’s University Workers’ Coordinating Committee (OUWCC), has been elected as the Executive Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). Having served on the CUPE Ontario Executive…

IndustriALL demands climate action with Just Transition

What does IndustriALL Global Union hope will be achieved there? COP21, held in Paris in 2015, achieved the Paris Agreement on climate change. The mechanism by which the world agreed to try to limit global warming to less than 1.5…

Provincial funding cut to Kingston hospital will climb to $66.9 million by 2023 under Ford Conservatives

Kingston patients’ access to hospital care and services will be further diminished if the Doug Ford Conservatives move forward with future funding cuts to health care that, in 2023, will climb to $66.9 million for Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). These cuts…

K-12 support staff bargaining wraps up province-wide

The K-12 Presidents Council in British Columbia announced today that all locals have now reached agreements with their respective districts, and that K-12 province-wide bargaining has been completed for support staff. K-12 Presidents Council President Warren Williams thanked everyone involved in bargaining…

Federal tax cut hurts services, helps wealthy

One of the first priorities of the newly re-elected federal Liberal government is a $6 billion personal income tax cut. The Liberals and Conservatives campaigned on similar promises, but the Liberals claimed their cut was more progressive. No matter how you slice it, cutting taxes reduces the amount of…

German auto workers demand Just Transition

There are around 160 companies in the automotive and parts supplier industrial cluster in Baden-Württemberg, which is a major centre for the industry. Around 468,500 workers are employed across the sector. Many companies have announced austerity programmes, relocations, job cuts…

Mass action by airline catering workers at U.S. airports

Thousands of airline catering workers demonstrated at 17 major airports across the United States on November 26 to demand a living wage and affordable health care; hundreds were arrested in the mass protests. Coordinated by the IUF’s affiliate Unite Here,…

Precarious workers occupy Honda factory in India

HMSI, one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world, employs about 4,000 workers at its Manesar plant. About 2,500 of them are precarious contract workers, most of whom have worked for the company for more than a decade through…

Report warns of emerging privatisation in public education

Today Education International (EI) affiliates in Greece launched a study revealing the growing trend towards privatisation in public education, following years of austerity and poor funding. The report marks the beginning of a regional strategy to fight privatisation and commercialisation…

Ethiopia: towards a common collective bargaining strategy

The workshop, which took place in Addis Ababa 25-26 November was attended by 30 union leaders from factory unions in the textile and garment sector. The participants came from some of the 125 factory or basic unions that make up…

International Day for Persons with Disabilities

People with disabilities experience higher rates of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, incarceration, harassment and violence. Those marginalized by racism, sexism, homophobia or transphobia face additional barriers and harm. Disability is created by barriers – in attitudes, institutions and physical spaces. As a society,…

TTC using legal tactics to prevent workers from joining union

Almost 90 per cent of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Operations Supervisors voted Thursday on joining CUPE, but their ballots have not yet been counted because of a technical objection raised by their employer. “The Operations Supervisors in TTC Transit Control…

CUPE 7000, SkyTrain return to the bargaining table

CUPE 7000 and the BC Rapid Transit Company (SkyTrain) have agreed to return to the bargaining table for more negotiations in advance of scheduled mediation. The two parties will sit down this weekend in a bid to reach an agreement. The…

Solidarity on the line in Prince George

CUPE members at the University of Northern BC in Prince George continue to support the Faculty Association who have now been on strike for 18 days. Members of CUPE 3799 representing support staff at UNBC and CUPE 2278 representing teaching…

Teachers and educators at the core of achieving SDG 4

Education International and its member organisations have been active at UNESCO’s 40th General Conference, where teachers and educators were high on the agenda. The UNESCO general conference, taking place from 12-27 November, has been debating the future of multilateralism in…

Courage and resilience in Colombia

Mark Hancock | National President In October, I had the opportunity to visit Colombia on a CUPE delegation to meet with two incredible organizations that we partner with through CUPE’s Global Justice Fund. We spent a lot of time with NOMADESC, a research and…

Education support workers at Regina Public Schools file for impasse

Talks between the Regina Public School Board and CUPE 3766 have broken down, and the local has filed for an impasse.  The local has been bargaining for over two years.  Progress at the bargaining table has stalled, despite a strong 95…

Strikes, protests and solidarity mark fast food workers’ global action week

November 11-17 was a week of global action for fast food workers fighting for union rights and recognition, better pay and a safe workplace. In cities around the world unions and fast food workers held strikes, public protests and rallies…

IndustriALL renews global agreement with Siemens Gamesa

The new agreement, signed on 25 November, covers 23,000 Siemens Gamesa workers around the world and strengthens the company’s commitment to human rights, the environment and sustainable jobs. The new GFA includes some important improvements from the original agreement signed…

mobilising for a world of work free from violence and harassment

#RatifyC190: mobilising for a world of work free from violence and harassment On 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – global trade unions join forces and call on governments to ratify ILO Convention…

over 40,000 university personnel take strike action for better pensions, pay and conditions.

The University and College Union has called on its members to go on strike for 8 days starting 25 November over pensions, pay and working conditions. The University and College Union (UCU) announced that 60 universities in the UK will…

Lactalis women workers in Australia on strike for equality

Women cheese packers at Lactalis-owned Jindi Cheese in Victoria, Australia are on strike for pay equality with men at other Lactalis sites. The women are members of the IUF-affiliated United Workers Union, which is campaigning to end pay discrimination at…