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Union signs historic agreement with Ternium Guatemala

Workers have faced anti-union behaviour from the steel producer since the union was founded in 2012. In response, they launched a campaign to protect their rights, supported by IndustriALL Global Union and other organizations. The agreement signed last month is…

Employees in the Municipality of Saint-Côme sign their collective agreement

The twenty or so blue and white-collar employees of the Municipality of Saint-Côme in the Lanaudière region signed their new collective agreement yesterday. The previous agreement expired on December 31, 2018. The five-year contract calls for wage hikes of 2.5% in…

Deadly stampede in school highlights dangers of overcrowding and poor infrastructure

On 3 February, a stampede in the Kakamega Primary School in Kenya’s western region left 14 students dead and 40 severely injured. Kenyan education unions have reacted angrily to the factors that led to the tragedy. The unions condemned the…

Free trade food safety fantasies and the Tory agenda for the UK

UK food safety standards are at high risk as the Tory government of Boris Johnson prepares for post-Brexit deregulation. In a speech on February 3, just days after the UK left the EU, PM Boris Johnson said “There are other…

Education leaders highlight challenges around rights, climate, and privatisation

The Education International Asia-Pacific Regional Committee meeting focused on union responses to threats to human and trade union rights, the impact of climate change, and growing privatisation in education.  Public education is being threatened in many countries in the Asia-Pacific…

CUPE 4163 reaches tentative agreement at UVic

CUPE 4163 Components 1 and 2 reached a tentative agreement with the University of Victoria on February 10. The local began bargaining on November 13 and met for a total of 11 sessions. CUPE 4163 President Greg Melnechuk thanked the bargaining…

Unions denounce ongoing violence in schools

Teachers’ representative organisations in Cameroon are united in demanding security in schools in a country “badly shaken by an unprecedented and wave of intolerable violence” at the beginning of the year. No teacher in Cameroon “feels safe anymore, not only…

Teachers strike for equal pay

A strike in secondary schools in Ireland has seen hundreds of establishments closed as teachers all over the country demand an end to pay discrimination. Hundreds of second-level schools have closed today as members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland…

Justice for 56 illegally dismissed chemical workers in Georgia

The trial lasted three years and went through three court instances, as the company appealed the decisions in favour of dismissed workers by two lower courts. Workers were represented by the Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers…

Using global framework agreements to organize

IndustriALL textile and garment director Christina Hajagos-Clausen says that the agreements contain a wide range of provisions to improve working conditions and to protect workers’ rights, especially on freedom of association: “GFAs are instrumental in resolving conflicts and strengthening workers’…

Statement from CUPE on Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Statement from CUPE National President Mark Hancock and National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury: As workers who serve the public on a daily basis, CUPE members find themselves on the front lines of public health crises, and the current coronavirus outbreak is no different….

IndustriALL and Michelin sign agreement for global works council

On 27 January 2020, Valter Sanches, IndustriALL Global Union general secretary, and Florent Menegaux, CEO of Michelin Group, signed an agreement to set up the Michelin Global Works Council. For Michelin Group, the agreement signed with IndustriALL is a milestone…

Town of Terrebonne: Most professionals are joining the Syndicat des cols blancs

The Tribunal administratif du travail (TAT) has ruled in favour of the Syndicat des cols blancs de Terrebonne (CUPE 2326) in a ruling published last Friday, January 24. Close to sixty professionals are joining their union. “We are thrilled with the…

Trial of STAS union leader at Fyffes Honduras dropped

The scheduled January 22 trial of union leader Moisés Sánchez,  general secretary of the IUF-affiliated STAS section at Fyffes’ melon operations in Honduras, did not take place thanks to national and international pressure. An agreement was reached to resolve the…

Iranian oil workers protest against unpaid wages

During the protest, workers asked management for assistance and solidarity, shouting “modiriat hemayat, hemayat” (“management, support us, support us”). An excessive use of contract labour creates problems for the workers on several levels. According to the workers, the Khomeini petrochemical complex…

March for justice for victims of Vale’s crime

Photo credit: Coletivo de Comunicação do MAB 25 January marks the anniversary of the collapse of the tailings dam run by mining firm Vale, releasing more than 10 million cubic metres of toxic waste onto Brumadinho, in the state of Minas…

Algeria: independent unions targeted in government drive to destroy the democracy movement

Algeria’s electoral farce of December 12, in which citizens were asked to select one of five presidential candidates approved by the military, has done nothing to diminish the government crackdown on democratic civil society, including the independent trade unions. Algerians…

Ukrainian unions oppose anti-worker labour law reform

Together with other drafts submitted in December last year, the latest draft, №2708, only protects employers’ interests and deprives workers of their rights and social guarantees. If adopted, the drafts would abolish union committees at company level, undermine union capacity to protect…

Union calls for increased security as four teachers are killed in the first weeks of 2020

With several teachers killed in Kenya since the beginning of the year, concerns over teacher security are increasing, pushing unions to demand government protection for education workers.   Disgruntled parents attacking educators In a statement to the Ministry of Education,…

unions demand transparent investigation into plane crash

Iran: unions demand transparent investigation into plane crash Education unions call for a clarification of the circumstances that led to the crash of Ukraine International Flight 752 outside Tehran, which claimed 176 victims, including professors and students. Through a statement on…

McDonald’s Peru: 12-hour shifts and death by electrocution

Following the death by electrocution of two young workers at a McDonald’s outlet in Lima, Peru on December 15, the general manager of the company’s franchises in the country has acknowledged that the beverage machine which killed the two was…

The brutal exploitation behind premium priced certified coffee from Brazil

A recent study from Thomson Reuters (Picked by Slaves: Coffee crisis brews in Brazil) provides new evidence of how coffee produced under brutally exploitative conditions on farms in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais is sold at a premium price…

STATEMENT: Brazilian National Contact Point fails workers and justice after dam disaster

The subject of the complaint was the irresponsible behaviour of  these companies linked to the Fundão Dam disaster in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil on 5 November 2015. This complaint was with our respective member organizations, the Labour Union of Heavy…

Bonsecours Market employees have no reason to celebrate as the year draws to a close

A demonstration was held in Old Montreal on Monday evening in support of the twenty or so employees of Bonsecours Market, who recently learned they will be laid off on January 31. These employees, who were assigned to security, housekeeping and…

Kazakh leader remains in custody on politically motivated charges

Earlier Baltabay was released from prison in August 2019 after being pardoned by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, following a massive international union campaign for the liberation. However, this release from prison in August did not put an end…

Coalition of Ontario unions to launch Charter challenge

Today, ten Ontario unions representing more than 250,000 thousand affected broader public sector employees, announced their intention to launch a coordinated Charter challenge against Bill 124. In addition, the Ontario Labour movement, with the Power of Many, will be initiating an…

Unfair dismissal at Nokia in Finland

“This is an extremely brutal attack on the trade union. Our point of view is that Nokia is taking revenge for the three-day strike early in the week,” said Samu Salo, chair of IndustriALL affiliate Insinööriliitto, the Union of Professional…

CUPE welcomes flight attendants at PAL Airlines

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has been certified to represent the flight attendants at PAL Airlines, which is headquartered in St. John’s, NL. PAL is the third airline to be unionized by CUPE in 2019, after welcoming WestJet Encore…

CUPE welcomes improvements to the new NAFTA, but flaws remain

US lawmakers have successfully added important reforms to the new NAFTA, but many flaws remain in the renegotiated trade and investment agreement. The agreement falls short of the Liberal government’s own goals for a progressive deal on the environment and…