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Deal reached with Yves Rocher after 297 days of heroic resistance

The Gebze branch of IndustriALL-affiliated chemical and rubber union Petrol-Is, together with union national leadership, reached a deal with the company on 7 March 2019. The company agreed to pay out severance payments, notice payments and special compensation equal to…

Haiti: trade union front for quality public education, social dialogue and a statute for teachers in the private sector : Education International

Despite many obstacles, Education International’s Haitian affiliates are jointly campaigning for quality public education and the establishment of a dialogue with the Minister of Education. They are also supporting a statute for teachers in the private sector.   In August…

Education unions give “red flag” to government for plans to privatise public education

Education unions have made it clear that they will resist any attempt by the Ghanaian government to privatise, commercialise and commodify public education in their country.   Leading education union leaders in Ghana have, in a united position, opposed the…

What next in Algeria? | IUF UITA IUL

Since February 22, growing numbers of Algerians have taken peacefully to the streets to signal their rejection of a fifth mandate for president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in elections scheduled for April 18. To undercut student demonstrations, the spring holiday has been…

IndustriALL affiliates take action on International Women’s Day!

Check out IndustriALL’s Flickr album for colourful photos of global action. On 8 March, IndustriALL reiterated the need for a a strong ILO convention addressing gender-based violence. Violence and harassment affect the lives of millions women workers on a daily…

National Bargaining Conference | Canadian Union of Public Employees

Event overview The National Bargaining Conference will provide local leadership with opportunities to develop skills and share strategies for success in bargaining. Stronger bargaining means more effective unions, better working conditions and healthier communities. The conference builds on CUPE’s steadfast bargaining…

education unionists push for the adoption of a binding Convention and Recommendation on violence against women and men in the world of work

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Education International and its member organisations recognise women’s contributions to the worlds’ societies, celebrate their achievements, renew their commitment to advancing gender equality within unions, in education and in society, and urge governments…

Bangladesh unions call to reinstate over 12,000 retrenched garment workers

Over a hundred workers were imprisoned, over 12,000 were retrenched and cases were filed against over 5, 000 workers in the aftermath of workers’ protests against a meager wage hike in December 2018 to January 2019. Despite both the government…

IUF members denounce ‘Miss Curvy’ Uganda beauty contest tourism promotion

IIUF members around the world are calling on the government of Uganda to cancel a plan to promote Uganda’s tourist industry with a “Miss Curvy” beauty contest as well as add “sexy” women to official literature listing Uganda’s “attractions”. The…

Iceland: hotel housekeepers strike for a living wage on International Women’s Day

Hotel housekeepers in Iceland will be on strike on International Women’s Day in support of their demand for a a living wage and better working conditions. Some one thousand housekeepers working in hotels and guesthouses in and around the capital…

Workers in Kyrgyzstan left without legal protection

The government of Kyrgyzstan first attempted to change the Labour Code in 2015, an attempt which was met with union protests supported by IndustriALL. The new version of Kyrgyzstan’s Penal code no longer contains articles providing criminal liability for violating labour legislation…

Workers in Kyrgyzstan left without legal protection

The government of Kyrgyzstan first attempted to change the Labour Code in 2015, an attempt which was met with union protests supported by IndustriALL. The new version of Kyrgyzstan’s Penal code no longer contains articles providing criminal liability for violating labour legislation…

We are fighting for equality! For an international convention to end violence against women in the workplace

International Women’s Day, celebrated by IUF affiliates, is again this year dedicated to combating violence against women in the workplace. It is also focused on the need to obtain, at the next International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2019, an…

IndustriALL calls for a strong ILO convention addressing gender-based violence

The second ILO discussion on violence and harassment in the world of work will take place in June 2019 at the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. It will be a historic opportunity to adopt a binding instrument that addresses…

Education unions join in solidarity with Turkish teachers

Education trade unionists from around the world meet in Ankara on 6 and 7 March for the “Education Trade Unions, Rights, Freedoms and Governments International Symposium”, in solidarity with embattled Turkish education unionists struggling for the respect of their rights,…

Teachers’ professional development and conditions

An Education international – commissioned study for the EI Research Institute on teacher professional identities, based on seven localities and five case studies, shows that teachers are concerned about the well-being and progress of students. They also consider professional development…

Why are so many auto plants closing?

Manufacturers are using the momentum of a profound transformation in the sector to close or consolidated both unprofitable auto plants and as well as profitable operations with slim margins. A falling demand for private cars among younger consumers, with a…

International Women’s Day | Canadian Union of Public Employees

Event overview On March 8, CUPE joins the world in celebrating International Women’s Day Across the country, CUPE members are participating in community events celebrating women’s activism and reaffirming our commitment to gender justice. Developments in Canada, the U.S. and around the…

CUPE members take action on pensions and Pharmacare

Today, more than 40 CUPE members from across the country met with Members of Parliament to support the creation of a national Pharmacare program and to discuss retirement security and pensions. CUPE members, alongside 350 activists from the Canadian Labour Congress,…

asbestos makes schools unhealthy for teachers and students

Education unions in the UK have reaffirmed the urgent need to protect students and education workers from asbestos in schools.   NASUWT: all asbestos must be removed from all schools “The NASUWT is deeply troubled to see that in yet…

Bangladesh Government must intervene to secure garment factory safety

At a hearing of the Appellate Court on 18 February, Accord lawyers reported on the failure of negotiations between the Accord, the Bangladesh Government and employers’ organization BGMEA on the conditions for transition of the Accord’s functions to the Government….

CUPE 1975 calls for meeting with the U of S Board of Governors to resolve labour unrest

CUPE 1975 has publicly called for an immediate meeting with the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan to find a resolution to the bargaining unrest on campus. “CUPE 1975 has repeatedly requested an in-person meeting with the University of…

CUPE education workers rally to defend Ontario’s public education system from Ford government cuts

CUPE members will join other advocates and allies of the province’s children at the “No Cuts to Education – United We Resist” rally, which will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. February 27 at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke. Education…

CUPE speaks up for health care workers on the Hill

CUPE was on Parliament Hill on Thursday morning, to bring the issue of violence against health care workers to the doorstep of the House of Commons. National President Mark Hancock and Tanya Williams, member of CUPE 1556, stood alongside NDP MP…

Kingston home care workers’ help line launches amid employers’ gag order

Home care workers in Kingston – many of whom received employer-written directives this week to stay mum during the Doug Ford government overhaul of the health system – can now call 613-542-9333, a new help line for assistance. The support hotline is one…

Myanmar hotel workers imprisoned for defending their union and their rights

On March 1, the chairman and 5 other leaders and members of the union of workers at the Hotel Tharabar Gate in Myanamar’s Bagan Archeological Zone were convicted of attempting to hold a peaceful protest march after police brutally destroyed…

A collective agreement with an 8 % salary increase for public workers

Fruitful negotiations between public authorities and public service trade unions, including education unions affiliated to Education International, have led to salary increase of 8 % for public workers. GEW: An “appropriate conclusion” The Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) qualified the…

Bangladeshi workers win right to bargain

Workers in Bangladesh employed at the Dutch-based confectioner Perfetti Van Melle, have finally won the right to have their union bargain for a collective agreement. Perfetti makes candy such as Mentos and Chupa Chups. The workers struggle began in November last year…

War in Myanmar will not stop profits

The Myanmar government hosted an investment fair in the upmarket coastal resort town of Ngapali in February 2019, while the conflict and massacre of Rohingyas continued in most of western Rakhine State. The Prime Minister of Myanmar, Aung San Suu…

Indonesian mine collapse kills scores of workers

A landslide and mine collapse at an unlicensed goldmine in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province overwhelmed and trapped miners working in it on Tuesday 26 February. Even after some days of rescue effort it is unclear how many workers were actually…