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women education unionists develop leadership skills in the union, schools, and society

The Women’s Department of the Nepal National Teachers’ Association has organised a training of trainers for leadership development in the union, schools and society for women members, with the objective of providing them with a gender specific agenda. Forty-five Nepal…

Advance Notice: CUPE National Convention 2019

Resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments Resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments must be received no later than July 9th, 2019. A copy of the convention resolutions book will be posted on CUPE’s website 30 days prior to the convention. Please refer to…

Canada: Unions win paid leave, support for victims of domestic violence

In response to ongoing union campaigns for paid leave and improved support for victims of domestic violence and abuse, Canada’s federal Labour Code has been amended to include a clause requiring all federally-regulated workplaces five days of paid leave for…

Strike for fair pay at Electrolux continues

A month and a half into the strike, management is still refusing to change its position and negotiate on wages allowing for a decent life for the workers and their families. Instead, Electrolux continues to offer an increase of €1/day…

Global #FreeLula protests | IndustriALL

In more than 30 cities worldwide, rallies were held between 7 and 10 April in support of the Free Lula Movement. Brazil’s former president was imprisoned exactly one year ago in Curitiba, having been the target of unprecedented political and…

ArcelorMittal union network aims for stronger global dialogue

Fifty leaders from unions at ArcelorMittal in 15 countries meeting on 8-9 April 2019 adopted a plan of action and called for IndustriALL Global Union to approach ArcelorMittal global management to begin discussions with the aim of achieving a Global Framework Agreement….

It’s time for the IFIs to do some spring cleaning

As the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund enter into this year’s Spring Meetings, Education International has released a statement that calls for these international financial institutions to evaluate the efficacy of their work and to take new approaches,…

Organizing diamond mineworkers in the mountains of Lesotho

The rough terrain is no deterrent to IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Independent Democratic Union of Lesotho (IDUL), which is increasing its membership against all odds and began organizing diamond mineworkers in a similar drive last year. The union aims…

Unions stage global protest against Kimberly-Clark

11 April 2019 – IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union Joint Statement on Kimberly-Clark UNI and IndustriALL Global Unions strongly condemn Kimberly-Clark’s global restructuring plans and their contempt towards engagement with the trade unions representing workers across the globe….

Living under the threat of bursting mining dams

Located in the region known as the Iron Quadrilateral, in the centre of Brazil, Itabira is the birthplace of one of the country’s most famous poets, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, but also that of the mining company Vale do Rio…

Saskatchewan now dead last when it comes to minimum wage

On April 1, Saskatchewan now has the dubious distinction of having the lowest minimum wage in the country. “With a minimum wage of $11.06 an hour, many workers in Saskatchewan are struggling to make ends meet,” says Tom Graham, President of…

CUPE 3906 wins equal pay for Faculty of Science postdocs

In November 2017, CUPE 3906 filed a grievance against McMaster University to address an alleged inequitable wage gap between men and women working as postdoctoral fellows. CUPE 3906 claimed that the difference in wages violated both the collective agreement and the Equal Pay…

The situation is deteriorating at the Université de Montréal

The strike by building systems technicians and stationary engineers is continuing at the Université de Montréal. Yesterday, the strikers voted unanimously in favour of continuing the strike, which began last March 14, for an additional fifteen days. The situation has worsened…

Day of Pink | Canadian Union of Public Employees

Event overview The second Wednesday in April is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, and Transphobia. Join CUPE members across the country and wear pink to stand up to bullying! In communities across Canada and around the world, people wear…

On April 10, wear your best pink

The second Wednesday in April is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, and Transphobia. Join CUPE members across the country and wear pink to stand up to bullying! In communities across Canada and around the world, people wear pink to…

JustTourism: a union web portal in the global hospitality sector promoting fair hotels

JustTourism is a new web portal maintained by IUF members in the global hospitality sector providing updated information on hotels which respect trade union rights. Through JustTourism unions and other organizations seeking conference venues can identify establishments covered by collective…

Energy workers in Georgia campaign for respect and decent salaries

Union members agreed upon the campaign at a workshop organized by IndustriALL in Telavi on 6-7 April 2019. Local management of Czech-owned Energo Pro Georgia continually refuses the union’s request for constructive social dialogue and avoids meetings with trade union…

CUPE campaign calls for quality public home care in Quebec

On April 2, CUPE launched an advertising and mobilization campaign promoting public home care in Quebec. Years of cuts and privatization by the Couillard government have left home care staff exhausted and have compromised service quality and access. The Legault…

ZNP calls strike over education salaries after government turned a deaf ear to their demands

Despite efforts to come to an agreement with public authorities, Poland’s teachers and other education workers are following the call by the education union Zwiazek Nauczycielstwa Polskiego to go on strike to demand higher salaries.   After last-minute talks with…

Management stands by as thugs assault union members at Perfetti Van Melle factory in Bangladesh

On April 9, thugs supplied by a labour contractor at Netherlands-based global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle’s factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh launched an organized attack on union members at work. Management stood by as over 20 goons organized by labour and…

Cambodian unions call on brands to ACT

In the letters to Gap, Puma, Nike, Adidas, Uniqlo, Levi’s and VF, the unions tell the companies that their failure to sign on to the ACT commitments and to pool their sourcing leverage with the other ACT brands is now…

CUPE recommends that Rimouski municipal maintenance contracts be brought back in-house

Following City Council’s unanimous rejection of bids for grass cutting and maintenance contracts for various lots owned by the Town of Rimouski, QC, CUPE 5275 believes that the work should be done in-house. CUPE union representative Yanick Proulx indicated that “we already have the expertise to…

Teacher union invests in facilities to improve education in Kurdistan

Iraq: Teacher union invests in facilities to improve education in Kurdistan Topics in this post: Education unionists have invested in a building project to enhance quality education in Kurdistan.   The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) signed a contract with the…

Côte d’Ivoire government investment in private schools: a bad bet for the future of the young and the country : Education International

A study commissioned by Education International and carried out by two prominent researchers shows that the Ivory Coast should redirect its investments in education towards the public sector and put end to privatization. The study on the privatisation of schooling…

Teacher union invests in facilities to improve education in Kurdistan

Irak: Teacher union invests in facilities to improve education in Kurdistan Topics in this post: Education unionists have invested in a building project to enhance quality education in Kurdistan.   The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) signed a contract with the…

IUF EC calls for action on homophobic legislation in Brunei

The IUF Executive Committee (EC) has condemned the introduction of new legislation in Brunei mandating death by stoning for homosexual sex and called for action to pressure the government to repeal the law. In a resolution adopted at its meeting…

Migrant worker leaders elected in Jordan garment factories

The election on 22 March is the culmination of a project by the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile Garment & Clothing Industries in Jordan (JTGCU), supported by IndustriALL Global Union, to develop representative structures for migrant workers. The…

Stop governmental harassment of education trade unionists

In its resolution adopted at its 52th meeting, the Education Internationals Executive Board condemns the profiling and red-tagging/terrorist-tagging of, and death threats against Alliance of Concerned Teachers/Philippines leaders.   Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) leader and Education International (EI) Executive…

Democracy, human rights and the future of work on Executive Board’s agenda

The agenda of the 52nd Education International Executive board meeting covered a wide range of topics that are going to be key in four months at the organisation’s key political event, its Congress. The EI Executive Board is the elected…

The Chancellor’s speech does not adequately address the education funding crisis

While commending the Chancellor of the Exchequer for announcing in his Spring Statement the funding of free sanitary products in secondary schools, UK education unions deeply regret that he did not address the national school funding crisis.   NEU: The…