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Pride month is an opportunity to stand up for LGBTI workers’ rights!

Every year, during the month of June, LGBTI communities around the world celebrate Pride month to honor the contributions, past and present, of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and the ongoing fight against all forms of discrimination. June…

Algerian government escalates its war on independent unions

The government of Algeria is escalating its war on worker rights and independent trade unions following a critical report issued by the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards at this year’s International Labour Conference. Independent unions face a new…

Time for ATG in Sri Lanka to back off

On 21 June 2018, workers at ATG belonging to the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees’ Union (FTZ&GSEU), picketed the British Embassy over labour abuses at the company, which has joint Sri Lankan/British investors. Labour violations have continued at…

IUF U.S. affiliates condemn criminalization of migrant workers

IUF U.S. affiliates have expressed outrage at the actions of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) which detained 146 workers  in raids at a Fresh Mark pork processing plant in Salem, Ohio where workers are members of the RWDSU/UFCW….

Kenya: Union success in growing garment and textile sector

Brands including Arrow, Calvin Klein, H&M, Arrow, Izod, Cherokee and VF Corporation source from Kenya. The United Aryan factory in the export processing zone of Nairobi gets orders from H&M and makes jeans for Levi’s. The factory’s 2,800 workers are…

EI welcomes the G20 focus on the contributions of education

For the first time in its decade-long existence, the G20, under the Argentinian Presidency, will focus on education. EI has been asked to contribute to the preparatory work of the education minister’s working group. The G20, an assembly of governments…

South Africa: Meeting strategizes on building an Africa-Europe network along the Lear value chain

22.06.2018 Trade union representatives and shop stewards from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Germany and South Africa working for Lear Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, from IG Metall and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa…

That’s terrible, that’s Tetley! – tea workers denied their human right to safe drinking water

For generations, workers living and working on tea plantations in India have struggled with lack of access to safe, potable water and adequate sanitation facilities. For the past two years, women workers on plantations in the states of Assam and…

Education International denounces the abuse of migrant children by U.S. government

Education International strongly condemns the forceful and systematic separation of children from their parents, the jailing of infants and minors and the violation of basic human rights displayed by the U.S. government against migrants seeking refuge. Reports from human rights…

Ukrainian miners stage protest over unpaid wages

Hundreds of miners came to Kiev and participated in the protest action. In the state-owned coalmining sector of Ukraine, workers are compelled to go on wildcat strikes to get paid. Some of the protesting miners from Selidivvugillya have not been…

Ukrainian miners stage protest over unpaid wages

Hundreds of miners came to Kiev and participated in the protest action. In the state-owned coalmining sector of Ukraine, workers are compelled to go on wildcat strikes to get paid. Some of the protesting miners from Selidivvugillya have not been…

Union persecution continues at Tenaris Colombia

In the complaint, filed with the International Labor Organization (ILO) in early June, and in the protests, Colombian workers have denounced Tenaris’s repeated attacks on the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining that have been taking place since…

Employees of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie rally for their voices to be heard

On Tuesday, employees of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie turned out in huge numbers outside the Memphremagog health and social services centre in Magog. The event was primarily a “day of recognition” organized by CUPE, whose aim was to raise the…

IWOC Endorses National Prison Strike and Pledges Support

Submitted on Wed, 06/20/2018 – 3:49pm By IWOC – It’s Going Down,May 23, 2018 Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) announces its support for the national prison strike starting on August 21st, 2018….

Strike vote taken at TVA Montréal

The Syndicat des employé(e)s de TVA held a special general meeting Tuesday night, with members voting 96.8 per cent in favour of resorting to pressure tactics up to and including an unlimited general strike. The some 830 employees of TVA Montreal…

CUPE members participate in first-ever National Women’s Shelter Conference

CUPE members proudly attended the first-ever National Women’s Shelter conference in Ottawa, June 13-15, 2018. The delegation included women’s shelter workers from across Canada representing decades of front-line experience who are celebrated for the difficult and important work they do to support…

Safe, quality education for all learners

Education is a human right and a public good helping to enable people at all stages in their lives to achieve their maximum potential. This includes the right to learn and right to teach for refugees and migrants in every…

Inditex suppliers from India meet to pledge social dialogue

Representatives Inditex, which is the world’s biggest fashion retailer, joined the meetings for the sessions on improving social dialogue, industrial relations and sustainability along the the supply chains. The first meeting took place in Bangalore on 11 June and the…

Algeria: Threats soar against democratic unions after ILC

Zemali’s warning to leave the ILO comes after Algeria came under scrutiny for violations of freedom of association at the ILO’s International Labour Conference (ILC), from 28 May to 8 June 2018. Zemali said that “Algeria is ready to leave…

ILO Director General denounces “New Brutalism”

ILO Director General denounces “New Brutalism” Topics in this post: “We have entered an age of new brutalism,” ILO Director General Guy Ryder to told delegates of the 5th World Congress of UNI in Liverpool on 19 June. “We have…

Time for a true national holiday to honour Indigenous peoples

On June 21, CUPE members across Canada will mark National Aboriginal Day, also known as National Indigenous Peoples Day, an annual opportunity to honour and celebrate the diverse cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. Indigenous peoples will be celebrating…

Premier Designate Ford’s hiring freeze demonstrates a lack of understanding of the scope of government services

Today’s announcement of a unilateral hiring freeze across all government services demonstrates Premier Designate Doug Ford’s lack of understanding of the overall scope of services the Ontario government provides, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “Ford has not even been sworn…

Fear prevails at Coca-Cola Ireland, where union members have to hide their faces

A climate of fear and intimidation reigns at The Coca-Cola Company’s (TCCC) concentrate plant in Ballina, Ireland, where management refuses to recognize the union and harasses suspected union supporters. Over 250 workers lost their jobs when Coke closed its directly…

Victory for Indonesian pulp and paper workers

It is the first time that workers at five different outsourcing companies have gone on strike in two locations at the same time in Indonesia, according to FSP2KI. All the companies, which are based in South Sumatra and Lampung, serve operations at…

UNI Global Union Elects Christy Hoffman as General Secretary

UNI Global Union Elects Christy Hoffman as General Secretary Topics in this post: The Union Network International (UNI) elected Christy Hoffman, a labour leader from the United States, as its new General Secretary. In her acceptance speech Hoffman said that…

Reinstate the Cargill 14 now

Fourteen (14) union activists were unfairly dismissed from their jobs on April 17, 2018 while organizing a union at Cargill-Turkey in Bursa-Orhangazi. These 14 dismissals follow those of seven (7) other workers who won court cases in 2015 when the…

IndustriALL Bridgestone trade union network builds on long tradition

19.06.2018 Leading trade unions at Bridgestone, together constituting the steering committee for one of IndustriALL’s longest-standing trade union networks at a multinational company, held the 17th annual meeting on 14-15 June in the company’s home city of Kurume, Japan. Bridgestone…

IndustriALL Bridgestone trade union network builds on long tradition

19.06.2018 Leading trade unions at Bridgestone, together constituting the steering committee for one of IndustriALL’s longest-standing trade union networks at a multinational company, held the 17th annual meeting on 14-15 June in the company’s home city of Kurume, Japan. Bridgestone…

ILO complaint filed against Mexican government for violating freedom of association

The Committee on the Application of Standards (CAS) has examined violations of ILO Convention No. 87 by the Mexican government. During the plenary session earlier in June, workers’ representatives reported serious and repeated acts of violence against trade unionists, and…

Celebrating National Aboriginal Day, June 21

National Aboriginal Day is time to celebrate the vibrant and unique cultures of Indigenous peoples, as First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities graciously share their ceremonies, customs and heritage with us all. It is also a time for us to recommit…