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Mark Hancock calls on Trudeau to fix long-term care now

CUPE National President Mark Hancock wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week, calling on him to fix Canada’s broken long-term care system now. CUPE represents 65,000 workers in long-term care across Canada, and Hancock has pledged to fight to improve…

The safety of educators and students is of serious concern in the reopening of schools and colleges

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has expressed grave concern at government plans to reopen schools and education institutions on 1 June. Urging the government to prioritise safety, the union has compiled preconditions and non-negotiable items to be met…

Tell the government of Canada action is urgently needed to protect food workers’ lives and safety!

Workers at meat plants across Canada are at high risk in the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1,400 of these workers have been infected; some are in critical condition, and some have died. The worst affected plants have been temporarily closed in…

Shell AGM fails to address union concerns

IndustriALL submitted questions to Shell ahead of its closed, online AGM on 19 May. Shell answered the questions in an online shareholder’s engagement meeting on 13 May, which was attended by IndustriALL energy director Diana Junquera Curiel. IndustriALL submitted a…

Paramedic Services Week | Canadian Union of Public Employees

During Paramedic Services Week, we take the time to thank paramedics across Canada for their work and recognize their courage and dedication. The commitment of paramedics deserves to be celebrated every week of every year. But it is especially important at…

Raise your hand for Justice for Every Child!

The Justice for Every Child campaign, launched by the 100 Million campaign, urges the international community to take immediate action for marginalised children and young people. The 100 Million campaign – a call to action for a world where all…

International union coalition demands action to combat sexual harassment at McDonald’s restaurants

The IUF and our regional European organization EFFAT-IUF have joined with the IUF-affiliated SEIU in the USA and Canada and the Brazilian national trade union center UGT to demand action to address sexual harassment at McDonald’s restaurants around the world….

Women workers in the front lines

The webinar was the first in a series of three that will take place in the coming weeks. Webinars available for viewing: ENGLISH FRENCH SPANISH “Whichever way you look at it, Coivd-19 has very distinct impact on women workers, and…

Toronto library workers ratify new collective agreement

Library workers represented by CUPE 4948 have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new, five-year collective agreement that maintains job security and makes some important human rights gains. “We are pleased that CUPE library workers have ratified this agreement, bargained in unprecedented…

Education union fights for payment of educators’ salaries

Education International firmly supports educators in Iraqi Kurdistan struggling to get salaries paid and condemns the brutal crackdown on their peaceful demonstrations by security forces. On 16-17 May, teachers and education support personnel demonstrated in most of Kurdistan’s cities over…

UN Human Rights experts: every worker must be protected!

A group of UN human rights experts have called on governments “to ensure preventative and precautionary measures are in place to protect every worker” as restrictions are eased and work resumes. “Every worker is essential”, they declare in a statement…

Finding new ways to fight back

Measures were taken to protect the membership as they performed their strike duty each week; the number of members on the picket line were limited, strike duty shift hours were reduced, social distancing, gloves, hand sanitizer and other measures were…

Community-Based Organization workers being left behind during COVID-19

The Community-Based Organization (CBO) sector carries out critical work for vulnerable community members all across Saskatchewan. At the same time, the sector is poorly funded, workers are underpaid, and their work is undervalued. Over 30 CUPE locals across Saskatchewan are involved…

Stand with ESP, protect education communities everywhere

Today, on the third ever World Education Support Personnel (ESP) Day, Education International celebrates our ESP members and call upon you to stand in solidarity with ESP all over the globe. World ESP day this year comes at a difficult…

Profiting from pandemic: State governments in India move to eliminate trade union rights and worker protections

In India, the attack on fundamental rights at the workplace is accelerating under cover of promoting economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 emergency. The state governments of Uttar Pradesh (India’s most populous state), Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra…

Indian states suspend labour laws and increase working hours

State governments, including Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, have increased working hours to 12 hours and 72 hours a week. In a cabinet meeting held on 6 May, the Uttar Pradesh government suspended 35 out of 38…

Paying it forward: CUPE education workers step up to support public and colleagues hard hit by COVID-19

Education workers represented by CUPE in Ontario are gearing up to help friends and neighbours whose lives and workplaces have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. CUPE school board leaders have strongly endorsed the provincial government’s “community involvement” initiative, paving the…

Teacher union steps up relief efforts to communities amidst COVID-19 and natural disasters

Confronted with three major crises – COVID-19, a tropical cyclone, and a volcanic eruption – Vanuatu’s education union is doing their best to ensure the health and safety of educators, students, and their communities. They do this by continuing to…

International Nurses Day 2020 – support PSI’s call for universal public health care!

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the deadly consequences of decades of reducing, privatizing and outsourcing public health services. Health workers putting their lives on the line every day to protect us all face overwhelming shortages of personnel, protective equipment, essential…

CFMEU wins appeal against BHP Operations Services

IndustriALL affiliate CFMEU Mining and Energy appealed with Australia’s industrial relations tribunal Fair Work Commission against the approval of two enterprise agreements covering workers employed by BHP’s labour hire subsidiary Operations Services. The full bench agreed with several of the…

Locked out CUPE members in New Brunswick need our help

Even as the COVID-19 global emergency stretches on, our union’s work to defend the rights of our members from attacks by employers still carries on. Since February 13, the 23 members of CUPE Local 4193 have been locked out by…

A trade union Manifesto for inclusive education

Italian education trade union is asking educators to sign a manifesto laying out seven points for inclusive education during COVID-19. Following the epidemiological emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Italian Government has ordered containment measures for many public services,…

UNITE HERE calls for strict measures to protect workers and guests as U.S. casinos set to reopen

As casinos across the U.S. closed since March prepare to reopen, the IUF-affiliated UNITE HERE is calling for strict measures to protect workers, guests and public health. “Hundreds of thousands of workers are employed in the gaming industry in the…

Series of industrial accidents rocks India as work resumes post-lockdown

The series of accidents on 7 May started in the early hours with the gas leak at LG Polymers plant located near Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Other incidents the same day include a boiler explosion at unit 6 of the…

National Nursing Week | Canadian Union of Public Employees

During National Nursing Week, we celebrate the incredible work and dedication of nursing team members across Canada, including the tens of thousands of nurses represented by CUPE. We also take the opportunity to thank and acknowledge all front-line health care workers….

Health and safety issues to be addressed before schools reopen

Teacher unions in Burkina Faso are urging public authorities to ensure that adequate safety measures are in place for students and educators before the reopening of schools scheduled for 11 May. The unions recognise that remote teaching and learning is…

Combating Europe’s authoritarian virus: the case of Hungary

In the 10 years since the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his FIDESZ party have been in power, the European Commission has intervened directly with member states on hundreds of occasions to enforce cuts to health care,…

Bangladeshi government must protect workers from impacts of Covid-19

Rushing to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Bangladesh, the government declared a general holiday from 26 March to 4 April, which was then extended until 14 April. With some exceptions, the lockdown was further extended until 3 May. Confusion…

Jewish Heritage Month | Canadian Union of Public Employees

For Jewish Heritage Month, we encourage members to celebrate the contribution of Jewish Canadians to our communities and to take action against antisemitism. Jewish Heritage Month was officially recognized by the federal government in March 2018 after a unanimous vote in…

Education International Guidance to Reopening Schools and Education Institutions

Education International Guidance to Reopening Schools and Education Institutions As a growing number of countries are considering easing restrictions and gradually resuming onsite education, Education International stresses a set of five dimensions that should be considered by governments, in dialogue…