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Month: May 2018

Nigerian children targeted by for-profit education corporation

New research exposes private edu-business supported by international aid Foreign edubusiness corporations, such as Bridge International Academies (BIA), are targeting families in Lagos, Nigeria by setting up fee charging education facilities to expand their business model. For parents looking for…

Arab countries’ unions crucial to achieve international goals on education in their region

Arab countries’ unions crucial to achieve international goals on education in their region Topics in this post: Arab teacher union leaders have reasserted the need for public authorities in their region to listen to teacher organisations carefully, especially concerning current…

ICT, electricals and electronics unions resolve to intensify organizing

Takahiro Nonaka, co-chairperson of the IndustriALL ICT EE sector said: Workers around the world in ICT EE sector are facing increasing challenges of precarious work and now confront new questions emerging from rapid technological change, which will affect the industry…

mobilisation of education unionists for quality primary education

As public authorities have not yet increased teacher salaries and lowered their workload, the ‘Code Red’ actions for primary education continue; moving to eastern provinces of the Netherlands. Although Education International (EI) Dutch affiliate Algemene Onderwijsbond) (AOb) was hoping that…

DRC unions close ranks against Glencore

30.05.2018 Four IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), OTUC, CSC, TUMEC, and UNTC met at the Immaculata Convent, Kolwezi on 25 May, to discuss how they can build solidarity and work together against Glencore’s…

DRC unions close ranks against Glencore

30.05.2018 Four IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), OTUC, CSC, TUMEC, and UNTC met at the Immaculata Convent, Kolwezi on 25 May, to discuss how they can build solidarity and work together against Glencore’s…

Namibian union declares dispute over retrenchments of 600 workers at Langer Heinrich Uranium mine

30.05.2018 With hundreds of jobs at stake, and the Langer Heinrich Uranium (LHU) mine in Erongo Province – close to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay – negotiating in bad faith, IndustriALL affiliate the Mine Workers Union of Namibia (MUN) has declared…

Marriott workers from around the world demand action to combat sexual harassment

Union members from Marriott hotels in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Americas came together in Geneva on May 29 to voice their demand for global action by the world’s largest hotel group to protect workers from the…

Kazakhstan: union leader, prisoner of conscience, is released

29.05.2018 Nurbek Kushakbayev, deputy chair of the KNPRK and labour inspector of the trade union of Oil Construction Company (OCC), was released from prison in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan on 28 May. His colleague Amin Yeleusinov, former chair of the OCC trade…

International Labour Conference: teachers’ concerns highlighted

Education International brings the voice of teachers and education personnel to the 107th session of the International Labour Conference. The Education International (EI) delegation is composed of education union leaders from 19 countries (Argentina, Benin, Botswana, Canada-Quebec, Central African Republic,…

ILC announces list of countries to come under scrutiny

Included in the list are countries where IndustriALL Global Union trade union affiliates are directly affected. These include Algeria, Belarus, Brazil, Haiti, Mexico, Nigeria and the Ukraine.  The Committee on the Application Standards (CAS), which is made up of representatives…

IndustriALL and PSI sign global responsible employer agreement with EDF

29.05.2018 Today, global unions IndustriALL and PSI signed a global responsibility agreement with French electricity company EDF, covering all of EDF’s activities in 24 countries, combining compliance with international labour conventions. The agreement is designed to guarantee the development of…

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh revs up CUPE NS convention

Delegates from across Nova Scotia were revved up by a speech by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh on Monday, focusing on fixing inequality in the Canadian economy and the importance of public services. Singh cited a recent study that showed over half…

Asia-Pacific

Asia-Pacific Topics in this post: Asia-Pacific Trade Union Rights Violations in Cambodia The Cambodian Ministy of Education arbitrarily fired 11 teachers and Education officers for alleged absenteeism. The discharged staff included the former President of the Cambodia Independent Teachers’ Association…

Iraq: Teachers’ salary cuts limited

Iraq: Teachers’ salary cuts limited Topics in this post: Kurdistan’s education trade union was successful in easing drastic salary cuts planned for teachers. Salaries have fallen in the Iraqi state of Kurdistan since 2014, as the region was hit with…

trade unions united for decent pensions that let workers grow old with dignity.

70,000 people participated in a demonstration organised in defence of pensions. The government plans to change the pensions in a manner that might put them at risk. Citizen and union participation in the march to defend pensions that took place…

High Court slams Bridge International Academies

In a groundbreaking ruling, the High Court of Uganda has determined that Bridge International Academies (BIA), a for-profit edubusiness, deliberately set up illegal operations in the country with blatant disregard for national laws and regulations. In a groundbreaking ruling, the…

Kazakhstan: independent union leader freed

24.05.2018 Amin Yeleusinov, former chair of the trade union of Oil Construction Company (OCC), was released from prison in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan on 22 May following a decision of the local court taken on 4 May. In May 2017, Yeleusinov was sentenced to…

Shell unable to answer worker questions at AGM

IndustriALL Global Union’s assistant general secretary, Kemal Özkan, and trade union leaders from Brazil, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Uganda raised questions during the AGM on workers’ rights violations at Shell operations concerning precarious work, unequal pay, poverty wages,…

Campaign to free jailed teacher unionists gathers pace

Education International has called for the release of Iranian teacher unionists Mohammad Habibi and Esmail Abdi, while global human rights organisation Amnesty International has also called for Abdi’s release as a prisoner of conscience. David Edwards, General Secretary of Education…

ST Microelectronics trade union network demands global dialogue

24.05.2018 The STMicroelectronics trade union network has said that workers should benefit from the strong growth of the company. The network demands the resolution of social issues in the company’s operations, and global dialogue to secure sustainable jobs and global…

Latin America and the Caribbean activates its strategic plan for the region

“The theme of the conference, ´Democracy & Social Justice´, considers the current situation of the continent. Threats to democracy persist, neoliberal restoration in Argentina and Brazil, coups in Honduras, Paraguay and Brazil, electoral frauds in Honduras and Mexico, and there…

Organizing the diamond mining industry in Lesotho

 High in the Maluti mountains of Lesotho, in the Leribe region, at an elevation of 3,100 metres above sea level, operators such as the United Kingdom’s Gem Diamonds Letšeng mine produce high colour and quality diamonds. Although some of the…

French cosmetics brand Yves Rocher dismisses 100+ union members

Turkish union Petrol-Is, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, conducted an organizing campaign at Kosan Kozmetik, who produces for global cosmetics brand Yves Rocher. In April, local management dismissed 14 members of Petrol-Is due to their union membership. In addition, management…

Rally of striking city workers delivers strong message to the City of Cornwall: “Come back to the table and negotiate a fair deal”

Hundreds rallied at Cornwall City Hall today, in support of the now four Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals who are on strike. Inside workers joined the three other locals (paramedics, outside workers and library workers) who have been…

CUPE Seeds of Change – building community in the Kootenays

CUPE Seeds of Change, a community action committee, continued its volunteer efforts in supporting local community at Cranbrook’s Children’s Festival held on May 12. Sunny skies brought out the crowds and the booth featuring a button-making machine kept them busy. The…

Russia: Dissolution of ITUWA overruled

On 22 May, the second session of the Supreme Court was held to judge ITUWA’s appeal against its dissolution. During the hearing, the union reported that the prosecutor’s office of Saint Petersburg had never sent the list of violations with…

UK GTI Friday’s workers strike for fair pay

Workers at two UK restaurants of the US franchise chain TGI Friday’s struck for 24 hours on May 18 after being given two days’ notice that they would be stripped of 40% of their income from tips – a loss…

Ethiopia: Meeting stirs social dialogue on decent wages

With support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, key players at the discussions in Addis Ababa on 22 May, including the ILO, reminded the government of Ethiopia of its obligations to fully implement Convention 87 on freedom of association and the…

Nova Scotia Councils of Health Care Unions ratify agreement with NSHA and IWK

After more than 18 months of negotiations, over 40 bargaining dates, multiple pieces of Liberal anti-labour legislation and countless protests, members of the Health Care Councils of Unions have voted 92% to ratify an agreement put forward by the Province. This…