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Month: June 2020

Trade unions win court battle on school re-opening

Zimbabwe: Trade unions win court battle on school re-opening The Government of Zimbabwe announced that schools would reopen, already for examinations in late June and move forward in steps in the following weeks to re-open schools despite risks of an…

Germany: NGG says voluntarism has failed, demands strict regulation and enforcement to tackle abusive conditions behind coronavirus outbreaks in meat processing

New coronavirus hotspots have erupted in Germany’s meat processing plants, spotlighting again the massive abuse of subcontracted migrant labour on which the industry depends. More than 1,500 workers have been infected with COVID-19 at the giant Tönnies plant (over 6,500…

Unions in Africa campaign for ratification of ILO C190

“Workers must be part of creating a solution to end gender-based violence in the world of work by creating a space to end unacceptable behaviours and a culture of silence to create change in the workplace. We need to create…

Nan McFadgen: Underfunding brings Nova Scotia’s child care system to brink of collapse

The following letter to the editor by CUPE NS President Nan McFadgen was published by the Chronicle Herald on June 19, 2020.  The Nova Scotia government announced to the citizens of this province that it would ensure child care centres and family day…

essential findings for inclusive education

The 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) Inclusion and Education: All Means All was launched today. The report comes at a crucial moment, with the global Covid-19 outbreak causing a major education crisis, particularly for the most vulnerable. The…

A call for urgent action: 74 lashes and one year jail for 42 AzarAb Industries workers in Iran

Branch 106 of the Arak Criminal Court has sentenced 42 AzarAb Industries workers in Arak each to one year in prison, 74 lashes, and one month of forced labour under the guise of “community service”. The “crime” of these workers…

Maldives: TEAM leads fight to stop new attacks on employment and workplace rights

The IUF-affiliated TEAM (Tourism Association of Maldives) has been actively mobilizing to defeat proposed changes to employment law which would weaken the country’s few existing worker protections at a time of crisis and set back the fight for basic rights…

Government of India must take swift measures to prevent another Bhopal disaster

India has recently witnessed a number of industrial accidents, a toxic gas leak at LG polymers, an explosion in a chemical factory at Dahej, a boiler explosion in Tamil Nadu, a toxic gas leak in a paper mill Chhattisgarh, a…

Kenney puts patients at risk with blood-for-money scheme

A bill before the Alberta Legislature will put Alberta’s blood collection system in peril by allowing private interests to ship plasma out of the province and country. CUPE, who represents employees at Canadian Blood Services, says the Kenney government is giving for-profit…

essential findings for inclusive education

The 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) Inclusion and Education: All Means All was launched today. The report comes at a crucial moment, with the global Covid-19 outbreak causing a major education crisis, particularly for the most vulnerable. The…

Sugar workers hold stoppages and protests over unpaid wages at Haft Tapeh in Iran as coronavirus spreads

Since June 11, hundreds of workers have been holding work stoppages and daily protests at the governor’s office in Shush to demand wages and social security benefits not paid since March at the giant Haft Tapeh sugar cane growing and…

ITUC calls out ten worst countries for workers

Governments and employers have restricted the rights of workers through violations of collective bargaining and the right to strike, excluded workers from unions by impeding the registration of unions in the number of countries. According to the findings of the…

Extending CERB is the right move

CUPE says the federal government’s decision to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks is the right one and will help workers in Canada weather the economic storm caused by COVID-19. The decision will allow CERB recipients…

Statement | World Refugee Day 2020

COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities and structural inequities of our societies. The most vulnerable, amongst them refugee and displaced populations, have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown measures. In terms of health, it is difficult, if…

C190 and R206: tools for reshaping the world of work

June 21, 2020 is the first anniversary of the International Labour Conference’s adoption of Convention 190 (C190) and Recommendation 206 (R206) on violence and harassment in the world of work. While countries such as Uruguay, Argentina and Fiji have announced…

Indian cement unions decide on joint action

With the assistance of IndustriALL, union leaders developed a number of demands of the government and Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA), to improve health and safety, end the extensive use of precarious workers and underpayment of wages and arrears. India is…

CUPE celebrates Frontline Pride | Canadian Union of Public Employees

For Pride 2020, CUPE calls on employers and governments to end conversion practices, build safer spaces, and support LGBTQ2+ grassroots groups dealing with Covid-19. We celebrate the resilience and activism of our LGBTQ2+ members and allies. CUPE represents frontline workers whose…

Seven pillars of union plan to reopen schools and education institutions

The Bahrain Teachers’ Association has made proposals regarding the reopening of schools and education institutions for the next academic year, 2020-2021, stressing seven measures to be taken. The school environment, the curriculum, scheduling, transport, teaching and assessment methods, applying standards,…

It’s time to ratify and implement the Migrant Workers Convention!

The COVID-19 pandemic has ruthlessly exposed the corporate food system’s reliance on extended, fragile chains of migrant labour. But for many governments and international agencies like the United Nations’ FAO and WHO, the harsh, even life-threatening conditions under which migrants…

Coal India unions call for strike to oppose privatization

Trade unions and workers of Coal India Ltd (CIL) and the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), among the biggest public sector companies in the world, are seriously concerned over the government’s decision to auction coal blocks on 18 June to…

Municipal workers donate $5,000 to Shuswap area charities coping with COVID-19

Municipal workers from Salmon Arm, Enderby, Sicamous and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District are donating $5,000 to local charities dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. CUPE 1908, representing over 180 workers in the Shuswap region, are making the donations to help…

best practices to help eradicate child labour post Covid-19

On the World Day Against Child Labour, Education International launches a report documenting best practices identified in its projects against child labour. With Covid-19 set to increase the number of child labourers, these lessons are essential to future efforts to…

June 12 – World Day Against Child Labour: Child labour in agriculture still on the increase as UN agencies warn of increased overall risk

On World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) 2020, the ILO and UNICEF are warning that the COVID-19 crisis could push millions of vulnerable children into child labour. In a joint report COVID-19 and child labour: A time of crisis, a…

Alcoa threatens to close US plant

IndustriALL US affiliate, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), is fighting for its 600 members at the aluminium plant in Ferndale, owned by Alcoa, as closing the plant will heavily impact the workers’ livelihoods. The plant produces aluminium used…

Montreal Port Maritime Employers Association turned down by CIRB: Union rights protected

 The Maritime Employers Association at the Montreal Port has failed in its attempt to have all longshoring activities designated as essential services. “Of course, we are very pleased, because we have regained our collective bargaining rights, after the MEA asked the…

Teachers recognised as the heroes of the Covid-19 crisis in education

The 10th edition of the International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) took place on 2 June 2020, in a webinar format. Co-hosted by Education International and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the ISTP brought together education…

IUF LGBTI Workers & Allies’ Committee: Keep workplaces safe and free from discrimination!

An alarming increase in violence, discrimination and harassment against LGBTI people has accompanied the COVID-19 emergency, and the IUF and its members are committed to keeping workplaces safe for all workers and free of discrimination. At a virtual May 18…

MTN Plastik in Turkey sacks 26 union members

A sufficient majority of the factory’s employees exercised their right to join DISK/Lastik-Is (Petroleum, Chemical and Rubber Industry Workers’ Union of Turkey), and on 22 May the union applied to the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services for official…

A video update from Mark Hancock – Black Lives Matter

National President Mark Hancock is calling for solidarity to fight racism and injustice. “Now is the time to fight like hell for the equality and dignity of Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities. Now is the time to support each other…

Post-pandemic economic recovery requires radical rethink and global solidarity, say union bodies

Many economists predict that the COVID-19 pandemic will produce the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Policies and the details of their implementation will not only determine if economic recovery is successful, but if that recovery…