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Month: April 2018

Burgerville Workers Union Becomes First Formally Recognized Fast Food Union in the US

Submitted on Mon, 04/30/2018 – 1:45pm By Burgerville Workers Union – It’s Going Down, April 24, 2018 Burgerville Workers Union has won a union election in one location, meaning that the company will be forced to negotiate a contract with…

Spring 2018 (May Day) Industrial Worker

Submitted on Mon, 04/30/2018 – 1:24pm May Day! Long a celebration of renewal, as Spring shows its stuff with abundance in Nature, May 1 was the perfect day for workers to come out in their numbers, celebrating their unity and…

eSwatini: Union celebrates court victory

28.04.2018 IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA) is overjoyed after the Industrial Court in Mbabane, Swaziland – recently renamed eSwatini – confirmed on April 26 that the Swaziland Processing, Refining and Allied Workers Union and…

South Africa: Zara accused of design theft

29.04.2018 The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU), an affiliate of the IndustriALL Global Union, has condemned Zara’s fashion piracy after it emerged that the Spanish-based global brand produced designs with a strong similarity to a local designer’s…

28 April – we mourn for the dead, we fight for the living

28 April is a day of sadness and anger, of public mourning to commemorate all workers who have died as the result of work: whether as the result of a sudden violent accident, a slow wasting disease, or an act…

Democratic unions in Mexico declare new alliance

26.04.2018 Six independent trade unions representing workers in automotive, auto parts, logistics, rubber and aerospace in Mexico will form an alliance to build democratic unions in the country and ensure workers have the right to join genuine unions of their…

Free Lula! | IndustriALL

27.04.2018 Global unions and union leaders from more than 50 countries came together in Geneva today to stand in solidarity with former Brazilian President Lula, calling for his immediate release from jail and that he be allowed to run in…

Hospital workers accept newly negotiated contract for ratification, re-elect OCHU officers

Delegates to the 2018 convention of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) have unanimously accepted their recently (April 22) negotiated provincial contract settlement for ratification and re‑elected the three, full‑time OCHU officers and the negotiating team that bargained it. OCHU president…

A message from Mark Hancock and Charles Fleury

It is with deep sadness that we have learned of three CUPE members who were among the victims of Monday’s tragic vehicular assault near Mel Lastman Square in Toronto. CUPE 4400 member Renuka Amarasinghe was killed in the attack. Renuka was…

International labour rights prize awarded to independent unions in Kazakhstan

The prize was established by IndustriALL affiliate Industri Energi, and includes both a cash award and support for union projects. IndustriALL Global Union supported the nomination and celebrates the decision of the prize committee, made up of prominent members of…

Address quality education at home first, not by sending teachers abroad

Liberia’s request for Nigerian teachers under the Technical Assistance Corps agreement has been met with condemnation of the Nigerian authorities by education unions, arguing that Nigeria itself is struggling to deliver quality education. Nigerian education unions have highlighted their country’s…

IndustriALL Women’s Committee continue to campaign to end violence

With a 40 per cent target for women’s participation, most of IndustriALL’s sector meetings are lagging behind. Since the last Women’s Committee in November 2017, actions have been taken to improve women’s representation. In the textile and garment sector, discussions…

South Africa: Union protests Glencore malpractices

The march was part of a nation-wide strike called by the Federation of South African Trade Unions, which saw tens of thousands of workers taking to the streets in South Africa’s main cities to stop amendments to labour laws compromising…

In the midst of terror and tragedy, heroes emerge

After months of seemingly endless winter, spring finally seemed to arrive in Toronto on April 23. Long overdue, the sun shone brightly, encouraging residents to doff their heavy clothes and spend time outside. At 1:26 p.m. that day, everything changed. A rental van mounted…

Tentative agreement for Gatineau white-collar workers

The Gatineau white-collar workers, who recently joined CUPE, have ratified a tentative agreement reached by their bargaining committee and City representatives. Having been without a labour contract for more than three years, the some 900 union members voted 97 per cent in favour…

The Coca-Cola Company’s’ milestone’ human rights report is a study in evasion

The Coca-Cola Company’s recently published human rights report comes at a time of substantial slippage by TCCC in addressing human rights at the workplace, and specifically the right of all workers within the Coca-Cola system to freely form and join…

Welcome to Global Worker | IndustriALL

The future sustainability of industry depends on governments making strategic choices. Unions are developing their own vision of how our industries and jobs should be transformed to meet sustainability goals. We encourage unions around the world to develop sustainable industrial…

PROFILE: TUMEC – organizing and defending Congolese workers’ rights

Union: Travailleurs Unis des Mines, Métallurgies, Energie, Chimie et Industries Connexes (TUMEC) Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Text: Elijah Chiwota The DRC is rich in cobalt, copper, gold and other minerals. About 65 per cent of the global…

SPECIAL REPORT: Glencore, the commodities giant with no soul

Text: Walton Pantland When IndustriALL Global Union visited DRC in February 2018 to meet with local unions at Glencore mines, the company denied access to its operations, and security forces attempted to break up a union meeting in a church…

INTERVIEW: Marie Nilsson | IndustriALL

Union: IF Metall Country: Sweden Text: Petra Brännmark Marie Nilsson says there is a very clear before and after #MeToo, and that IF Metall reacted quickly when the discussions reached the trade unions. “Questions on sexual harassment have always been…

REPORT: Seeking sustainable industrial policies for Latin America

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean Text: Kimber Meyer Achieving sustainability involves working for a present and future where social and economic needs are satisfied without endangering the environment. To that end, IndustriALL has been working on developing a sustainable…

REPORT: Seeking sustainable industrial policies for Latin America

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean Text: Kimber Meyer Achieving sustainability involves working for a present and future where social and economic needs are satisfied without endangering the environment. To that end, IndustriALL has been working on developing a sustainable…

REPORT: Why unions must take the lead to end violence against women

Text: Armelle Seby & Petra Brännmark Violence and harassment against women is widespread According to the World Health Organization 35 per cent of women globally – 818 million women – over the age of 15 have experienced sexual or physical violence…

REPORT: Seeking sustainable industrial policies for Latin America

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean Text: Kimber Meyer Achieving sustainability involves working for a present and future where social and economic needs are satisfied without endangering the environment. To that end, IndustriALL has been working on developing a sustainable…

FEATURE: Union Busting, IndustriALL affiliates under attack

Text: Leonie Guguen Union repression is symptomatic of increasing global inequality and corporate greed. It is no wonder that global forces seek to suppress trade unions, which are economic actors in the redistribution of wealth from capital to labour. IndustriALL…

India: SEWA calls on government to recognize the rights of informal sector workers in new wage legislation

The vast majority of India’s waged workforce fall outside the coverage of the government’s proposed new Code on Wages. The Self-Employed women’s Association (SEWA) is campaigning to bring recognition and rights for informal sector workers, including home-based and domestic workers,…

Ontario hospital workers win new violence language, no concessions in provincial contract

Intense weekend bargaining for 75,000 Ontario hospital workers whose three unions formed a unique alliance in provincial negotiations has resulted in a tentative contract with hospital employers. The settlement comes after weeks of mobilizing, rallying and doing visible workplace actions under…

Employees upset over changes to “Code White” intervention policies at the CISSS du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Workers in the housekeeping department at the CISS du Bas-Saint Laurent learned last week that they will be required to intervene when a “code white” is declared or face disciplinary action up to dismissal. The employer even stepped up its…

IndustriALL files complaint against Roy Robson as union busting continues

On 18 April, the company fired Eser Yılmaz. Eser is the 13th union member to be dismissed by the company this year. Eser joined Teksif in January, and was an active union member. Since joining the union, she has been…

CUPE denounces the inhumane practices at the Université de Montréal

This morning, CUPE launched an advertising campaign to denounce the inhumane practices of the Human Resources Department of the Université de Montréal, which unconscionably terminates employees on long-term sick leave. At a time when Université de Montréal again this year made…