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Month: April 2020

May Day 2020 – Creating the future we want

For the past 130 years, the 1st of May has been a day of mobilisation and hope. On this day we celebrate workers, the trade union movement and the colossal difference it has made for billions around the world. It…

May Day is our day, even under lockdown

The words projected onto a wall during the mass protests in Chile last year now resonate across the globe: ‘We won’t go back to normal, because normal was the problem’. The massive economic crisis accompanying the spread of COVID-19 illuminates…

Global unions welcome ENGIE’s commitment to cover Covid-19 related health care and social security for employees

Given the urgency to ensure social security coverage to all ENGIE employees in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, ENGIE has approached the global union federations to make parts of ENGIE CARE immediately effective. “We welcome this initiative from our…

Mourn the dead. Fight for the living.

Our love and solidarity go out to the families, friends and co-workers of the 11 CUPE members we lost to workplace-related fatalities in the past year. The National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job is never…

teachers must get more support in developing their skills to help them deliver quality distance education

While acknowledging that teachers had already been offered training to help them develop the skills needed to deliver online classes before the COVID-19 crisis had begun, educators should be better trained in the area according to an education trade union…

International Workers Memorial Day 2020: Unions demand recognition of COVID-19 as an occupational disease

The IUF joins with our sister international union organizations in calling for speedy official recognition of COVID-19 as an occupational disease by governments and national health and safety bodies. Official recognition of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 as a preventable occupational hazard,…

Just Transition for Spanish thermal power plant workers

The agreement involves creating a framework to monitor the workers involved through training plans and measures aimed at outplacement. In recent years, the operating prospects of thermal power plants have been affected by a range of technical, economic and regulatory…

Mark Hancock calls on support for local governments

CUPE is calling on the federal government to work with the provinces to provide immediate, direct funding support to municipal governments from coast to coast. Together we can ensure strong and vibrant public services, safe and clean communities, and public transit…

Gabon: teachers support governmental initiative for education to continue through distance learning

Although they believe the XGEST platform distance learning initiative launched by the Ministry of Education is worth trying out during the COVID-19 initiative, teachers, through their representative organisation, the Syndicat de l’Éducation Nationale say that they have strong reservations as…

UFCW wins agreement on improved protection, conditions at JBS

Against a background of mass COVID-19 infections of meat processing workers and resulting plant shutdowns, the IUF-affiliated UFCW has reached agreement with JBS, the world’s biggest meatpacking company, on safety protocols and a pay increase. The agreement comes after a…

Join IndustriALL webinar on 28 April

On International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, IndustriALL health and safety expert Brian Kohler will share the latest advice on Covid-19 in the world of work. The webinar will be streamed live on this Facebook page: IndustriALL general…

CUPE mourns tragedy in Nova Scotia

CUPE is mourning the tragedy that has gripped several communities in Nova Scotia since Saturday night, leaving at least 19 people dead. Our hearts are breaking for the families, friends, and loved ones of those taken by this senseless act of violence….

Education community mourns death of teacher during a deadly mass shooting

Nineteen people were killed in a shooting rampage in Nova Scotia, a maritime province in Eastern Canada. Along with its member organisation, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Education International mourns the many lives lost in a shooting rampage in Nova Scotia,…

Rights must be on the agenda as G20 agriculture ministers meet!

The IUF, our sister federation PSI, peasant organizations and civil society groups campaigning for the right to food have called on the hastily-convened April 21 extraordinary meeting of G20 agriculture ministers to put rights on the agenda as they discuss…

Cambodian garment workers need support from brands

Official numbers show that the Covid-19 outbreak has led to a halt of production in 91 garment factories and 91,500 garment workers have been laid off. According to the unions, garment workers and their dependent families cannot survive on US$70,…

A new iww.org is coming

Submitted on Fri, 04/17/2020 – 7:11pm In anticipation of a redesigned iww.org launching in early May, 2020, this website is going to be archived at archive.iww.org as a static website. In anticipation of this change, certain dynamic features on this site…

CUPE approves $250,000 donation to Food Banks Canada

Canada’s food banks work hard to get food to people who need it even in the best of times. And the COVID-19 pandemic is definitely not the best of times. Canada is seeing its worst economic crisis in generations. More than…

Union fighting to reduce challenges posed by COVID-19 crisis

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, education unionists in Poland are calling for increased funding for education and broad access to remote teaching and learning so that education can continue, and the health of educators and their students can be safeguarded….

We cannot let domestic violence accompany the spread of COVID-19

During the last 12 months, more than one in five women in the world has been the victim of violence inflicted by their partner. The health, economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is making the situation worse. In…

Protecting workers’ rights during lockdown in Mauritius

The lockdown in Mauritius started on 20 March and will end on 4 May. In a letter to the Prime Minister, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Confédération des travailleurs des secteurs public et privé (CTSP), is proposing the introduction of a…

Airlines must reach deal with unions on wage subsidies to be eligible for federal relief package

Canadian airlines must respect collective agreements and negotiate letters of understanding with unions to implement the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program. Canada’s largest union is also calling on the federal government to make such a deal a pre-condition of eligibility…

Education union raises concerns around reopening of schools

A German education union has voiced its concern at proposals to reopen schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Issues to safeguard educator and student health include addressing how social distancing will operate in classrooms, the wearing of face masks, and…

Maldives: Resort capitalizes on pandemic to victimize union officer

The government of Maldives has been issuing contradictory regulations in a scramble to keep the resorts operating. Management of the JA Manafaru resort has capitalized on the situation to victimize union officer Ibrahim Ziyaadh, a branch leader of the tourism…

Protecting women’s rights during Covid-19

Protect the health and safety of women workers Push employers to take necessary protective health and safety measures for their employees Push governments to legislate the right to paid sick leave and free access to health care for all workers…

IWW COVID-19 Resources (US & Canada)

Submitted on Wed, 04/08/2020 – 2:49am Recommendations for “Essential” Workers States vary depending on which businesses and work sites are considered “essential” and must remain open, and which are considered “non-essential” and are either closed or moved to virtual settings….

Air Canada flight attendants’ union encouraged to see federal support for laid-off workers

The Air Canada Component of CUPE is encouraged to learn that flight attendants who lost their jobs due to downsizing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon come back onto company payroll. The airline and the federal government are looking to…

World Bank to freeze investment in private for-profit schools

Education International welcomes major reform commitment from the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Financial Corporation (IFC), to freeze any investments in private for-profit K-12 schools. The US House Financial Services Committee yesterday announced that the IFC will freeze…

A message from IUF General Secretary Sue Longley including IUF COVID-19 Demands

Dear Sisters and Brothers, As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, I am constantly impressed by the determination of our affiliates to protect members and to fight for fair treatment of workers. To assist in the fight we have…

How is the global oil sector responding to Covid-19?

In most countries, the oil industry is considered a core sector, and is not subject to imposed shutdowns. However, the global lockdown and consequent fall in economic activity has drastically reduced demand. There has also been a dramatic fall in…

The IWW Is Committed To Supporting Our Members During COVID-19

Submitted on Wed, 04/08/2020 – 9:09am Fellow Workers, As cities and industries shut down due to the COVID-19 spread, the IWW is continuing to assist our fellow workers, whether they are classified as essential employees or if they are furloughed…