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New study shows how education policies impact students, teachers and principals

A new study published today by the OECD, the Education Policy Outlook: Working Together to Help Students Achieve their Potential, reports on the progress of over 200 school improvement policies implemented over the last 10 years. The new publication by…

Call for ratification of ILO C87 in Malaysia

Unions are saying that since the new government has taken steps to reform the Trade Union Act (1959) and the Industrial Relations Act (1967) by removing restrictive provisions that violate the principle of freedom of association, there are no obstacles…

Gains for Colombian banana workers in new CBA follow months of tough negotiations

The IUF-affiliated SINTRAINAGRO has won significant gains for 22,000 banana workers in a new two-year collective agreement signed with the employer association Augura after months of tough negotiations. Members on September 4 overwhelmingly voted for strike action from September 12…

Unions protest Coca-Cola’s serial human rights violations at company-hosted conference on… Business and Human Rights

Attendees at the 11th Business and Human Rights Conference hosted by The Coca-Cola Company on September 12 at its Atlanta headquarters faced a group of fifty trade unionists at the entrance denouncing ongoing human rights abuses at Coca-Cola in countries…

Latin America Discusses Rights Violations in the Education Sector : Education International

On Thursday 5 September in Bogotá, Colombia, member organisations of Education International Latin America (EILA) opened a regional meeting to share experiences and discuss rights violations in the education sector in Latin American countries. The meeting aims to establish a…

education is a crucial tool to combat severe abuses of human rights

Education International welcomes the latest report by Koumbou Boly Barry, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, focusing on the ways in which the right to education contributes to the prevention of atrocity crimes and mass or grave…

Workers at Riva steel on strike for four months

The strike at the Hennigsdorfer Elektrostahlwerke (HES) plants in Trier and Horath began after the company unilaterally declared in May that collective bargaining negotiations had failed and stated that the company did not intend to conclude an agreement with IG…

NGG wins important gains in new agreement at Barry Callebaut

Following on a series of warning strikes, Barry Callebaut workers in Hamburg now have a new collective bargaining agreement which aligns pay with the industry-wide agreement for the Northern Germany confectionery industry. IUF affiliates from across the world supported these…

Safety is our right, not a privilege

On 11 September 2012, more than 250 workers were killed and over 50 were injured in one of the world’s worst industrial fires at Ali Enterprises, a readymade garment-manufacturing factory in Karachi, Pakistan. On the 7th anniversary of the tragedy,…

What’s wrong with the word ‘public’? CUPE suspects UCP has an agenda

CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill smells a rat. “Taking the word ‘public’ out of the names of public-school districts makes no sense, and is of such little value I have to believe something else is at play.” The leader of the 38,000…

CUPE AB disappointed in court decision

The President of CUPE Alberta is disappointed in the court ruling removing the injunction against Bill 9 – the Kenney Government legislation that rewrites collective agreements of many public sector workers. President Rory Gill said Alberta union members have a right to…

Kamloops school fire heartbreaking for community

Parents, children, support staff and teachers are trying to come to terms with a fire that burned down Parkcrest Elementary School on Thursday night. Two custodians and a teacher were inside the school when the fire broke out in one…

Feds consider for-profit schemes to address opioid epidemic

The federal government is considering a Social Impact Bond (SIB) to address the opioid crisis. This would allow private investors to profit from the health care and social services necessary to address this national health crisis. SIBs are a new form…

CUPE 5512 members vote to reject employer’s final offer

After three days of voting in over 15 communities, CUPE 5512 members who work for the Prairie South School Division, SK, have voted overwhelmingly (89 per cent) to reject the employer’s final offer. “This is a clear message that our members are…

CUPE offers one-day election workshop ahead of 2019 federal election

CUPE will once again be offering a one-day election workshop “Using Our Power at Election Time” for CUPE members and allies to learn more about the 2019 federal election and what they can do to make a positive difference in our politics…

CUPE Ontario launches province wide campaign Communities, Not Cuts campaign

CUPE Ontario announced today their Communities not Cuts campaign. This province-wide initiative brings together public sector workers and communities in a fightback against the Ford Conservative government’s all out attack on Ontario’s public services and the workers who provide them.  “Every…

UQAM strike to last 10 more days

At a general meeting this afternoon, the 1800 members of the Syndicat des employées et employés de soutien de l’UQAM (SEUQAM) voted 73% in favour of continuing the strike for at least another ten days. “We are sending a clear message…

French unions fight back against privatization

The French government is proposing to divide the largely state owned EDF into two parts, one of which will become open to private investors under the so called Hercule project. French unions in the energy sector have come together to…

Urgent call for action: Condemn long prison and flogging sentences against labour activists in Iran

Sample Protest Letter: Condemn long prison and flogging sentences against labour activists in Iran I (We) am/are writing this to protest against the long prison and flogging sentences against labour activists in Iran issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s judiciary against…

Indonesia: BMI union leader convicted in trial farce, union to press criminal charges for systematic wage and benefit violations

The trial of Reni Desmiria, secretary of the SPBMI union of workers at seafood processor Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI) in Lampung, Indonesia, has concluded with her conviction and a reduced sentence. BMI had sought to have her imprisoned for 6…

Kumho Tire workers in USA vote to join USW

Some 141 workers voted for the USW with 137 against in the election on 5 and 6 September. There are still 13 challenged ballots to be resolved at an upcoming hearing at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) before the…

Education at a Glance 2019 shows governments must accelerate progress towards SDG 4 and quality education for all

Reacting to the newly published Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Education at a Glance report, Education International welcomes progress made in a number of countries in several aspects of educational provision, but insists that other major areas of education…

increasing starting salaries – a step in the right direction for guaranteeing recruitment and retention of teachers

Reacting to the government’s announcement of an increase in starting salaries for teachers, education unions in the UK have acknowledged that this measure will make teaching more attractive and help to mitigate the recruitment and retention crisis, but further public…

African countries urged to ratify ILO C176 on mine safety

Deaths from mine accidents have increased since 2016; in coal mines deaths have risen by 400 per cent, whilst in other mines by 67 per cent globally. Deaths have also increased in the gold and platinum mines. A meeting on…

Justice for Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi workers and their union – tell the government of Pakistan to respect the ILO and freedom of association!

For 18 years, workers at the Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi have fought with unflagging determination for their collective rights and for recognition of their union – the IUF-affiliated Pakistan Hotel, Restaurant, Clubs, Tourism, Catering and Allied Workers Federation (PHRCTCAWF). The…

Solidarity builds community in the Tri-Cities

Five CUPE locals hosted the fifth annual CUPE Gives Back family picnic in Port Coquitlam on Saturday. Families and friends enjoyed hotdogs served up from the CUPE BC events trailer as well as popcorn, cotton candy, mini donuts, treats and…

Eradicating illiteracy starts with free quality public education

Education International (EI) General Secretary warns that the world is off track in terms of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on quality education, including in literacy. More needs to be done to turn the tide and eradicate illiteracy. The…

CUPE 4163 launches campaign on Victoria buses

CUPE 4163 Component 3 is shining a light on the University of Victoria’s poor treatment of sessional lecturers — and the impacts on both students and educators — with a public campaign on Victoria’s buses beginning this week. Lack of job security…

Member of Parliament argues for international aid to support public education systems, not private providers

Education International welcomes the intervention of UK Member of Parliament Dan Carden who demanded that his country’s international aid be used to support universally accessible inclusive quality public education, and not private education providers in the Global South. Speaking in…

Time to invest in literacy

September 8 is International Literacy Day. CUPE believes literacy and skills training are fundamental rights for workers and for all people. We are facing significant changes in our workplaces and in our lives. In this environment, literacy and skills will be…