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Day: November 9, 2017

Hospital nurses and personal support workers at great risk of violence, new poll finds

A recent poll of Ontario hospital direct care providers, such as nurses and personal support workers, found that they are at great risk of physical violence in the workplace. Ontario-wide, 68 per cent of registered practical nurses (RPN) and personal support…

The Quebec Liberals authorize volunteers to perform work that maintenance employees are prohibited from doing

Today, the Government of Quebec officially published new regulations on volunteer construction work in schools, colleges and health and social services institutions. Decree 1064-2017 stipulates that, from now on, volunteers will be able to perform work involving, among others, marble,…

Coca cola workers still fighting in Indonesia

Workers at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia have been involved in a long running dispute in their attempts to set up their own independent union. The dispute began in 2015 when the workers were able to register their own union. The company…

Australian Aboriginal workers take action on wages

This week, the newly created First Nations Workers’ Alliance, has come out forcefully to condemn the Community Development Program (CDP), a so called job creation program, as structurally racist and as another tool keeping Aboriginal people in poverty. A separate enquiry also…

Workers celebrate first anniversary of candlelight revolution

South Koreans commemorated the first anniversary of what has come to be known as the ‘candlelight revolution’ on Saturday 4 November. The candlelight revolution was a series of huge demonstrations over a few months that led to the downfall of…

Mass sackings hit dockworkers in PNG

In early October, the global port operator company, International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), took over the operations of a number of ports in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The workers took industrial actions against this takeover as part of global…

Worker dies from overwork in Australia

This week, a 27 year old worker picking watermelons in the region of Townsville, in the northern state of Queensland, collapsed and died while working from suspected heat stroke. A government enquiry currently underway has found that workers in the…

Iranian labour activist arrested again

On October 28, security forces once again targeted labour activist Mahmoud Salehi. Mahmoud was leaving the dialysis unit of a hospital in Saqez, in north western Iran, when he was arrested and immediately sentenced to another year in prison. Mahmoud…

IndustriALL Executive Committee endorses Glencore campaign

The Glencore campaign comes on the back of a successful campaign against mining giant Rio Tinto. “Glencore has no corporate soul”, said Tony Maher, national president of Australian affiliate the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Engineering Union (CFMEU). “This is a…

Tunisian metalworkers’ strike results in salary increase

On 3 November 2017, at a meeting at the Ministry for Social Affairs in Tunisia, the employers’ federation of the foundries and mechanical engineering sector signed a sectoral agreement with metalworkers’ union FGME-UGTT and the government that will give workers a…

IndustriALL affiliates protest against precarious work in Sri Lanka

More than a hundred representatives of IndustriALL affiliates, together with workers from Sri Lankan trade unions, took to the streets of the capital Colombo to demand that the government implements amendments to Article 59A of the Wages Boards Ordinance. The…

Spotlight on role of teacher unions in the eradication of child labour

Education International will represent teachers and stress their unions’ active role in ensuring quality education for all at the 4th Global Conference on Child Labour. Education International will be actively raising teachers’ concerns and views at the United Nations’ 4th…

IndustriALL’s Women’s Committee calls on unions to take pledge to combat violence against women in the workplace

Violence against women in the workplace is real, and happens every day. It takes many forms – from verbal harassment to physical and sexual abuse. All forms of violence are unacceptable, and IndustriALL is campaigning to combat violence against women…