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Month: July 2020

New EI research launched on COVID-19 education commercialisation

Education International has launched groundbreaking new research which maps the extent of private actors’ influence in education since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The research has been commissioned as part of Education International’s Global Response to the Commercialisation and…

Marriott’s Moxy UK workers win through unions’ coordinated pressure

Thanks to coordinated union struggle, workers at UK Moxy hotels, one of the many Marriott brands, will benefit from the UK Government’s job retention/furlough scheme. They will also receive backdated wages totalling thousands of pounds. Managers of the Maribel Group,…

Gokaldas Exports continues union busting in India

Gokaldas Exports owns 20 factories, and on 8 June, management announced a lay-off of all workers at the only factory with union membership. Factories with more than 100 workers are required to obtain prior permission from the government before layoffs,…

Canada must stay the course on economic recovery

Today’s economic and fiscal snapshot by Finance Minister Bill Morneau largely lays out what we already knew: the federal deficit will be about ten times what it was expected to be pre-pandemic, reaching $343 billion. It’s a stark sum, but as…

Training in e-learning critical as return to education deferred

As COVID-19 cases increased in Palestine, the General Union of Palestinian Teachers, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, led a project on e-learning. This has assumed greater significance as schools will not reopen in August as had been previously…

Myanmar: Under cover of COVID, management at Bagan Hotel River View launches new attack on trade union rights

Management of the Bagan Hotel River View in central Myanmar’s famous Bagan Archeological Zone is again attacking basic trade union rights, using COVID-19 as a pretext for dismissals targeting union members and leaders. On June 12, citing a downturn in…

Joint statement of IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union on Israel’s annexation of Palestinian lands

The worrying reports demonstrate that the annexation would disconnect some 200,000 Palestinians from their livelihoods and vital water sources and agricultural lands would be subject to Israeli control. Our both organizations denounce the American Peace Plan (Deal of the Century)…

University of Waterloo grad students launch organizing drive with CUPE

This week, teaching assistants, research assistants and contract instructors at the University of Waterloo launched the public phase of their campaign to become members of CUPE, Canada’s largest union for university workers. “We’re one of the only universities in Canada where…

Farewell to a great trade unionist and advocate of development cooperation

Farewell to a great trade unionist and advocate of development cooperation It is with great sadness that the global education trade union community has learned of the passing on 6 July of Emmanuel Fatoma, a former Education International senior coordinator…

New report exposes the web of subcontracting behind a pandemic of exploitation in European road transport

A new report prepared by the Dutch trade union foundation FNV-VNB, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the IUF uncovers the multiple chains of subcontracted labour which have enabled the expansion of squalid exploitation in European road transport. Transport…

Women workers dismissed from SF Trade for union organizing

Last year, workers at SF Trade, which supplies global brands with textile and leather goods, started a campaign to organize a union. They wanted overtime pay, to work without excessive production pressure and to be respected. They chose IndustriALL Global Union…

CUPE Ontario members in Children’s Aid Societies take stand against anti-Black racism

Children’s Aid Societies must acknowledge and take action on anti-Black racism in sector, says CUPE Ontario. “Now more than ever, we must use our collective voice to make real change in Children’s Aid Societies across the province,” says Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam,…

Flogging and imprisonment sentences for workers of AzarAb Industries annulled

As previously reported, Branch 106 of the Arak Criminal Court sentenced over 40 AzarAb Industries workers in City of Arak each to one year in prison, 74 lashes, and one month of forced labour under in the name of “community…

Anti-worker legislation delayed in Ukraine following mass protests

In a series of warning protests on 30 June, trade unions from all sectors, including education, mobilised against proposed changes in labour law violating freedom of association, the right to organise, and the right to collective bargaining. Trade union activists…

Ukraine: Unions take to the streets to contest renewed legislative attack on trade union rights and worker protections

Trade unions in Ukraine, including the IUF-affiliated Agro-Industrial Workers’ Union of Ukraine (AIWU Ukraine) held protests in the capital Kyiv and across the country on June 30 to demand the withdrawal of proposed new laws which would radically undermine trade…

Mine collapse kills more than 160 workers in Myanmar

The jade mine is located in a remote area of northern Myanmar. It is believed that the mine collapsed after heavy rainfall. Mine workers, while collecting precious stones, were swept away by a strong stream of mud and water. Jade…

Layoffs at the Société des casinos du Québec: CUPE will honour the collective agreements

At a time when it was informing the public that activities at the four casinos in the province would be gradually resuming, the Société des casinos du Québec (SCQ) has announced layoffs of 2,250 employees across the province. CUPE represents…

Union mobilises to prevent shutdown of public education

Brazil: Union mobilises to prevent shutdown of public education The Brazilian National Confederation of Education Workers (CNTE) is mobilizing to prevent the shutdown of public basic education in January 2021 due to lack of funding. This Thursday, CNTE is calling…

Unions join campaign to stop EU-Mercosur ‘free trade agreement’

Trade union centers in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands are among the initial endorsers of a campaign to stop the disastrous trade agreement now being promoted for signature (after twenty years of negotiations) between the EU and the 4 Latin…

Facing challenges in the ICT, electrical and electronics sector

While some segments of ICT EE industry, like consumer electronics, aviation and automotive have seen massive dismissals of workers, the demand for semiconductors and devices related to data centres and next generation of high-speed communication network system like 5G, is…

Post-COVID school reopening is government’s chance to set provincial health and safety standards

CUPE is urging the Ontario government to use school reopenings as an opportunity to set province-wide standards for a range of measures that will promote safer classrooms for students and staff, and help stop the spread of COVID-19 in schools. “Come September,…