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A message from IUF General Secretary Sue Longley on COVID-19

Dear Sisters and Brothers, The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for our affiliates around the world. All IUF sectors are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. More than ever we need solidarity and a global response to minimize the risk…

Union members race to convert factories to produce supplies for Covid-19 patients

In Wisconsin, US, more than 340 workers employed at GE Datex-Ohmeda are in a race against the clock to produce ventilators. Members of IndustriALL affiliate Machinist Union (IAM) Local 1406, who build anesthesia, respiratory and infant care machines, ratified a…

CUPE welcomes federal emergency response benefit for workers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest union, welcomes the announcement of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Changes to the federal relief measures previously announced came after major pressure from Canadians, including CUPE. However, CUPE still has concerns that…

prompt action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep schools open and safe

Thanks to the early deployment of epidemic control actions by the government, schools in Taiwan remain open with strict measures to prevent infection. The National Teachers’ Association also reacted swiftly, contributing to the effort to ensure the safety of teachers…

Italy : Union push wins national tripartite agreement on employment, health and safety

Unions in Italy, the European country hardest hit to date by the COVID-19 pandemic, have mobilized for strong measures to strengthen public health services and protect worker health and safety, employment and incomes since the onset of the crisis. When…

COVID-19 – an existential crisis for the garment industry

IndustriALL has written to all its affiliates that organise garment workers, asking for information on the numbers of factories that are being closed down, the number of workers affected, and any measures being taken by governments and employers to mitigate…

Union representing Legal Aid calls for immediate measures to reduce COVID-19 risks in correctional centres

As the Government of Saskatchewan declares a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CUPE Local 1949 is calling for immediate measures to be put in place to protect incarcerated populations and reduce strain on our healthcare system. The union,…

Lack of consultation with education unions creates uncertainty as to how learning can continue during COVID-19 school closures

Francophone Africa: Lack of consultation with education unions creates uncertainty as to how learning can continue during COVID-19 school closures Education unions in Francophone Africa are dismayed at the lack of consultation in government decisions to close all education establishments…

Hong Kong union leader Lee Cheuk Yan charged in new crackdown

Lee Cheuk Yan, general secretary of the independent Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), was arrested on February 28 and charged with ‘unlawful assembly’ before being released on bail pending a May 5 court hearing. Lee was arrested at…

Tyre workers sent home as Covid-19 closes factories

Japanese tyre giant Bridgestone is sending home all employees of its 15 plants in North and South America, phasing out production from 21 March until or before 12 April. This company will use existing stocks to fill orders. As the…

Air Canada flight attendant union responds to sweeping layoffs due to COVID-19 pandemic

The union representing Air Canada flight attendants is deeply saddened to learn that the company will temporarily lay off approximately 3,600 of its members at Air Canada mainline, and all 1,549 of its members at Air Canada Rouge. Earlier this week,…

National strike in education gains support from other sectors

The Confederación Nacional de Trabajadores de Educación (CNTE), Education International affiliate in Brazil, has called a major nationwide strike in education, protesting the policies of the Bolsonaro administration. The trade union centre in Brazil – Central Única de los trabajadores…

International unions call on government of Ukraine to scrap legislative assault on trade union rights

On February 25, international trade unions took coordinated action to defend trade union rights in Ukraine from a proposed draft labour law that would exclude unions from the workplace, eliminate collective bargaining and basic social protections and promote mass casualization….

Union picket breaks deadlock in Malaysia

350 workers gathered outside the company gates to protest against the deadlock and against management’s proposal of a zero wage increment. According to EIEUNR, the proposal is unfair as the company has made a net profit of RM479 million (US$111…

Canadian workers need their government’s support now

CUPE is calling on the federal government to immediately deliver on measures to protect workers who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. CUPE expressed disappointment that today’s announcements from Prime Minister Trudeau and a suite of senior ministers focused solely…

Union tributes on passing of top Caribbean education unionist Roustan Job

Education International has been saddened to learn of the death of Roustan Job, an outstanding education trade unionist from Trinidad and Tobago. Job relentlessly fought for teachers’ improved working conditions, professionalism, and autonomy in his region and worldwide. Job began…

Bangladesh: Perfetti van Melle workers fighting for their rights keep up the protests

Workers at the Perfetti van Melle (PvM) factory in Gazipur are keeping up their fight for collective bargaining rights with continuous daily protests at the factory. More than a year after their union was legally certified, local management of the…

Lula calls for global coalition against inequality

He was received with enthusiasm and joy by an audience of almost 200 people, supporters who had campaigned against his imprisonment and the coup in Brazil. A large contingent from the Geneva-based press attended, and the event was watched by…

Arbitrated settlement nets big gains for B.C. 9-1-1 operators

After months of intermittent bargaining that ended up going to interest arbitration last fall, B.C.’s emergency dispatchers have a new four-year collective agreement with E-Comm. The deal improves staffing and working conditions while building a solid foundation to help 9-1-1 operators…

Council of Global Unions Joint Statement

The rapid and wide spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease that it causes require an urgent global response to protect health and stimulate the economy. Governments and employers must act to protect workers and tackle transmission in…

Coronavirus: lessons from a pandemic

What can we learn from the rapid global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), now present in more than 100 countries and already having a devastating impact on IUF members and workers everywhere?   We are paying the price of decades of…

South Africa: 378 trapped mineworkers safely rescued

According to IndustriALL affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the mineworkers were taken to three different refugee bays for safety. The bays can hold 40-50 workers at a time, but at the time of the incident, there were over…

CUPE alerts community to rushed March closure of Hamilton forensic pathology, calls for independent inquiry

CUPE 7800 has learned that Hamilton’s forensic pathology unit is closing hastily at the end of March, months earlier than the original proposed and controversial closure in July. The decision to end forensic autopsies at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is already riddled…

education unions mobilise to energise the global push for gender equality

2020 marks 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the world’s most progressive blueprint for advancing women’s rights. While considerable progress has been made, gender equality has not been achieved in any country. Education…

UK: Coffee giant JDE threatens entire workforce with dismissal to ram through attack on conditions

With support from the IUF, Unite the Union, with 300 members at the Jacobs Douwe Egberts coffee plant in Banbury, Oxfordshire, is campaigning to challenge the company’s plan to unilaterally dismiss the entire workforce and reemploy workers who submit to…

The risks of investment treaties for the Colombian people

According to a report by the Transnational Institute (TNI), from 2016 to 2019, foreign investors filed 13 claims against Colombia before international arbitral tribunals. These tribunals decide on what is most important, private profits or the public interest. So far,…

CUPE Saskatchewan President Tom Graham announces retirement after 22 years at helm of Saskatchewan’s largest union

“We can make a difference in our workplaces and our world by standing together,” said Tom Graham in his final report to delegates at the annual convention of the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees being held…

Swift, coherent and proportionate measures are vital in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak

Statement | Swift, coherent and proportionate measures are vital in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak The world is facing an unprecedented health emergency. The COVID-19 outbreak has led to school closures in 13 countries around the globe, disrupting the education…

Union organizing wins at Danone USA

On February 27 and 28, workers at the Danone yogurt and plant-based powder plant in Dubois, Pennsylvania voted overwhelmingly to become members of the IUF-affiliated BCTGM Local 19. The representation win follows a massive vote for representation by the IUF-affiliated…

Building trade union power in South-East Europe

Of the 600,000 registered textile, garment and footwear workers in South-East Europe, few are unionized and working conditions are poor. Building trade union power to secure a living wage and safer and healthier workplaces for these workers is therefore urgent….