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Month: June 2018

educators stand up against sexism, harassment, abuse and discrimination in education

Thousands of Chilean educators, students and activists have reaffirmed their support to building a new education system, that is non-sexist and free of violence, abuse and discrimination. Education unionists mobilise to fight gender violence in the classroom “We strongly…

Marriott workers around the world demand global measures to combat sexual harassment

On June 27, IUF members at Marriott hotels around the world demonstrated in support of the call for concrete action by the world’s largest hotel group to protect workers from the endemic sexual harassment which afflicts hospitality workers. In Indonesia,…

Successful national strike in Argentina

For 24 hours on 25 June, all services were paralyzed in Argentina. There were no planes, trains, subways, buses, banks or shops open. The empty streets were a testimony of the successful general strike called by the trade union centre…

Australia: CFMMEU tells Kimberly Clark to stop holding workers to ransom

28.06.2018 Workers have had enough at US-based tissue and personal care giant Kimberly Clark’s Millicent Mill in South Australia. The 265 members of IndustriALL’s proud affiliate CFMMEU have started strike action this week, announcing that they are “Fighting Back”. The…

IndustriALL raises Glencore human rights violations with UN Human Rights Council

The UN HRC is currently meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The statement, titled “Workers’ Human Rights Violations by Glencore around the World”, highlights Glencore’s violations of workers’ human rights in numerous countries, and points to Glencore as an example of why…

IndustriALL Anti-Corruption policy | IndustriALL

1.      Introduction 1.1. Corruption The objective of the anti-corruption regulation is to boost awareness and provide guidance for IndustriALL’s employees and others who act on behalf of IndustriALL, as well as IndustriALL’s partners, about what corruption is. The standards in…

South Africa: Union demands justice for woman worker murdered at electricity sub-station

28.06.2018 In May last year, power utility Eskom worker, 29-year-old Thembisile Yende, was murdered whilst at work at an electricity sub-station in Ekurhuleni near Johannesburg. On 28 June, the court said that the director of public prosecutions has provisionally withdrawn…

Caterpillar Union Network shows solidarity with Japanese brothers and sisters

On 25 and 26 June, over 30 delegates from Japan, USA and Europe met to hold their annual trade union network meeting in Caterpillar. In addition, guests from Komatsu trade union attended the meeting in order to exchange experiences.  This…

Yves Rocher needs to reinstate sacked workers

Pressure is high on Yves Rocher to intervene and order its subsidiary, Kosan Kozmetik, to reinstate the sacked workers in Gebze. However, the only public reaction from the company has been an amateurish tweet regularly sent out by the company’s…

Unions in India and Sri Lanka call for sustainable industrial policy

IndustriALL South Asia Office organized two consecutive workshops “towards sustainable industrial policy” in Delhi on 18-19 June 2018 and in Colombo on 21-22 June. Participating in the panel discussion on ‘challenges to sustainability’ held in Delhi, leaders of India’s national…

Increasing young workers’ participation in Philippine unions

27.06.2018 27 young workers from national labour federations affiliated to IndustriALL met in Quezon City, Philippines, to discuss issues young workers are confronted with, as well as why workers, particularly young people, shy away from joining and participating in union…

New standard for responsible mining released

The Standard for Responsible Mining’s best practice requirements include elements such as health and safety for workers, human rights, community engagement, pollution control, mining in conflict-affected areas, rights of indigenous peoples, transparency in revenue payments from companies to governments, and land reclamation…

New standard for responsible mining released

The Standard for Responsible Mining’s best practice requirements include elements such as health and safety for workers, human rights, community engagement, pollution control, mining in conflict-affected areas, rights of indigenous peoples, transparency in revenue payments from companies to governments, and land reclamation…

CUPE celebrates Pride 2018! | Canadian Union of Public Employees

CUPE and our 650,000 members across Canada join the global call for love and freedom as we celebrate Pride 2018! CUPE and our National Pink Triangle Committee will continue to advocate for LGBTTQI workers both inside and outside the workplace. Thirty…

New videos highlight CUPE members in Community Health

The more than 1,300 CUPE members who work in B.C.’s community health sector play an important role in health care service delivery, adding value to their communities while facing workload and other significant challenges on a daily basis, a new…

CUPE asks: Why were stakeholders not consulted on Cape Breton hospital closures?

CUPE, representing clerical workers at the New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals, says the announcement to close both facilities came out of the blue with no prior consultation with employees or the communities served by the hospitals. “This is a…

Unions vow to remain strong despite Janus ruling

The Supreme Court of the United States just delivered a painful blow to working people and to the unions which stand up for their rights. In a narrow 5 to 4 vote, the justices decided in the Janus v. AFSCME…

Janus ruling is a step back for workers in the United States and worldwide

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is disappointed in today’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), arguing it weakens the power of workers everywhere. The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled to…

Unions vow to remain strong despite Janus ruling

The Supreme Court of the United States just delivered a painful blow to working people and to the unions which stand up for their rights. In a narrow 5 to 4 vote, the justices decided in the Janus v. AFSCME case that public…

CUPE delegates join forces to resist discrimination

A CUPE delegation joined over 200 trade unionists at the Toronto and York Region Labour Council’s recent Indigenous and Workers of Colour Conference. The CUPE delegation included Dawn Bellerose, member of the National Aboriginal Council; Larry Giffin, Co-chair of the National…

Brazil: Congress set to vote on making the world’s leading pesticide user more toxic still

Despite mass opposition, Brail’s notoriously corrupt Congress has paved the way for a vote on easing authorization for still more pesticide use in the country which is already the world’s largest consumer of toxic agrochemicals. A new bill promoted by…

In Iraq, trade unions are helping to rebuild popular power

In Iraq’s May national elections, of the 329 parliamentary deputies chosen, Sairoon (meaning ‘Forward’ or ‘the Alliance for Reforms’) scored the biggest win – 55 deputies and 1.3 million votes. Sairoon includes the followers of the powerful Shiite leader Muqtada…

IndustriALL pushes for workers’ rights in diamond sector

The KP was established in 2000 in Kimberley, South Africa by representatives of the governments of 23 major diamond producing and trading countries, the global diamond industry and civil society. It was a result of growing international pressure against the…

Pride month is an opportunity to stand up for LGBTI workers’ rights!

Every year, during the month of June, LGBTI communities around the world celebrate Pride month to honor the contributions, past and present, of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and the ongoing fight against all forms of discrimination. June…

Algerian government escalates its war on independent unions

The government of Algeria is escalating its war on worker rights and independent trade unions following a critical report issued by the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards at this year’s International Labour Conference. Independent unions face a new…

Time for ATG in Sri Lanka to back off

On 21 June 2018, workers at ATG belonging to the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees’ Union (FTZ&GSEU), picketed the British Embassy over labour abuses at the company, which has joint Sri Lankan/British investors. Labour violations have continued at…

IUF U.S. affiliates condemn criminalization of migrant workers

IUF U.S. affiliates have expressed outrage at the actions of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) which detained 146 workers  in raids at a Fresh Mark pork processing plant in Salem, Ohio where workers are members of the RWDSU/UFCW….

Kenya: Union success in growing garment and textile sector

Brands including Arrow, Calvin Klein, H&M, Arrow, Izod, Cherokee and VF Corporation source from Kenya. The United Aryan factory in the export processing zone of Nairobi gets orders from H&M and makes jeans for Levi’s. The factory’s 2,800 workers are…

EI welcomes the G20 focus on the contributions of education

For the first time in its decade-long existence, the G20, under the Argentinian Presidency, will focus on education. EI has been asked to contribute to the preparatory work of the education minister’s working group. The G20, an assembly of governments…

South Africa: Meeting strategizes on building an Africa-Europe network along the Lear value chain

22.06.2018 Trade union representatives and shop stewards from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Germany and South Africa working for Lear Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, from IG Metall and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa…