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Month: December 2018

Turkey: 186-day strike at Mayr-Melnhof ends in victory for workers

Selüloz-İş’ members had been on strike since 20 June, when negotiations on a new collective agreement failed as management proposed a zero per cent wage increase. With the new three-year agreement workers will get wage increases of 280 Turkish Liras…

Germany bids farewell to hard coal after 200 years

The ceremony was attended by Germany’s Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet and Michael Vassiliadis, President of IndustriALL Global Union’s German affiliate Mining, Chemistry, Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE). “Closing the…

IndustriALL mourns for 13 miners killed in Czech Republic

Eleven Polish nationals and two Czech miners died in a methane blast more than 800 metres underground at the mine, which is situated close to the Polish border.  A search of the scene had to be abandoned due to a raging…

Fair trade certification for Fyffes’ union-busting melons revoked under pressure

Fair Trade USA, in response to organized pressure, has revoked the fair trade certification for melons sold in the US produced by Irish fresh fruit giant Fyffes on their Suragroh plantations in Honduras. Suragroh-Fyffes workers have faced continuous retaliation for…

Chemical and pharmaceutical unions build power in India

Making up 13 per cent of total exports, the Indian chemical industry represents 7 per cent of GDP and 13 per cent of the total industrial output with a 12 per cent growth per annum. While the Indian chemical industry…

Asian women union leaders join forces to combat bullying and sexual harassment in schools

Top women education unionists from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have taken stock of their 2018 activities focusing on anti-bullying and research on sexual harassment, and adopted a 2019 action plan to push forward action. Thirteen women union leaders…

IndustriALL unions negotiate global dispute resolution mechanism with H&M

The GFA with H&M is unique in that has a National Monitoring Committees made up of representatives from unions and H&M to implement workers’ rights under the terms of the GFA. The NMCs are active in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and…

COP24: an important but insufficient agreement : Education International

Although it appreciates a useful action plan adopted by governments after the 24th United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Education International calls for further action, including climate change education in national school curricula. Making progress on climate change education Since…

Rubber unions in unity against attacks

As part of the support and solidarity actions, the participants received reports about ongoing conflicts in various countries and re-affirmed their solidarity with 58 workers fired from the Goodyear plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, agreeing on joint international actions…

Young Filipino workers pledge to be dynamic actors in society

The trade union activists discussed the problems they face as young workers and developed a detailed action plan to sustain communication and effective coordination and build young workers’ power. The workshop was organized with the support of the Swedish union…

More than 40 striking steelworkers detained in Iran

About 31 workers were arrested at about 2 am, Monday, 17 December, 2018 and at least another 10 workers were arrested on 18 December 2018.  During the arrests, Islamic of Republic Iran forces beat some steel workers in front of…

Young trade union leaders in MENA region complete training

Twelve participants from Tunisian affiliated unions and 20 participants from Moroccan affiliates were awarded diplomas at the third MENA youth regional network meeting in Tunis on 12 December. As part of the course, run by IndustriALL with support from Swedish unions, participants from each…

Education International calls on governments to improve protection for migrants/refugees

On International Migrants Day, Education International reaffirms its commitment to defend and promote the rights of migrant workers and refugees as well as migrant and refugee teachers and education personnel. Education International (EI) and Global Unions call on Governments to…

Iran: Over 40 steel workers in custody after two days of security forces raids

The repressive forces of the Islamic of Republic Iran have arrested more than 40 workers after two consecutive days of brutal raids on the homes of the striking workers of the Ahvaz Steel Complex. About 31 workers were arrested at…

CUPE questions federal social finance plans

CUPE is concerned the federal government’s plans to encourage private lending to social and community groups will open the door to privatization of vital services. The federal government’s Fall economic update announced $755 million over 10 years in seed funding for…

CUPE National condemns Ford government’s attack on Power workers and the Charter

The Canadian Union of Public Employees strongly condemns the Ford government’s introduction of back-to-work legislation against members of the Ontario Power Workers Union (CUPE Local 1000). “These workers have not even gone on strike yet, but the Ford government is…

CUPE Saskatchewan survey shows that a clear majority of residents believe the Saskatchewan Party Government is failing to address climate change

A recent survey conducted for CUPE Saskatchewan has revealed that 85.1% of residents across the province believe the Moe Government should increase investments in green energy.  Only 9.8% of Saskatchewan residents are opposed to more green energy in the province. The…

IWW – Solidarity with Swedish Workers

  The IWW expresses its solidarity with SAC – Syndikalisterna, other grassroots unions, and Swedish workers. We note that the Swedish government, in collaboration with big business and mainstream trade unions are proposing legislation that would severely restrict the right…

Education International calls on governments to improve protection for migrants/refugees

On International Migrants Day, Education International reaffirms its commitment to defend and promote the rights of migrant workers and refugees as well as migrant and refugee teachers and education personnel. Education International (EI) and Global Unions call on Governments to…

K-12 back on the big screen in BC

As part of a province-wide K-12 Presidents Council campaign to build public understanding of the services CUPE members provide and their importance in public education, the union’s K-12 members will be featured on movie theatre screens throughout B.C. during this…

Unprecedented move by U of S will see workers lose the right to determine the terms of their own pensions

Yesterday, hundreds of members of CUPE 1975 joined together with friends and supporters at the University of Saskatchewan’s University Bowl to tell members of the Executive Board to keep their “Paws off our Pensions”. The rally comes after a recent arbitration…

Louisville white- and blue-collar workers vote in favour of the tentative agreement

Tuesday night, the white- and blue-collar workers in the municipality of Louiseville in Mauricie, Quebec voted unanimously in favour of the tentative agreement reached by their bargaining committee and the employer’s representatives. They had been without a contract since December…

CUPE marks International Migrants Day

On December 18, CUPE stands in solidarity with people around the world who have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety, security and a life where basic human and labour rights are respected. International Migrants Day is a…

Joliette RCM employees reach second collective agreement

The 24 employees of the Joliette RCM, which includes about 10 cities in Quebec’s Lanaudière region, have their second collective agreement in their history.  The new agreement was signed on Friday December 14th, after workers unanimously ratified the agreement in November….

Two former Ford executives sentenced for crimes against humanity in Argentina

Pedro Müller was sentenced to ten years of house arrest and Héctor Sibilla to 12 years for participating in the kidnapping and torture of 24 workers at Ford’s General Pacheco plant during the country’s most recent dictatorship in 1976. The judges qualified…

union leaders united around gender equality and improving campaign capacities

The annual evaluation and planning meeting of the Philippines’s women’s network bringing together Education International’s affiliates in this country has taken stock of gender and diversity issues and reinforced the education unions’ capacities and advocacy skills. The event was organised…

education unionists seek inclusive schools that are a safe environments for all

The Education International’s Asia-Pacific office and the Council of Pacific Education (COPE) organised in Fiji a professional development workshop, “Teachers unions for inclusion: embracing diversity and promoting safe schools”. The workshop, held from 3-4 December in Suva, Fiji, organised by…

Unjust sentencing of Cambodian union leaders must be quashed

The charges stem from garment and footwear worker protests that began in late 2013 in the capital Phnom Penh, demanding a US$160 monthly minimum wage. Four people were killed and 27 more injured after military police began firing at workers at…

Mexican activists plan an exchange platform for energy transition

Participants at the “Forum on the right to energy, energy reform and its impact on workers and communities”, agreed to create an exchange energy platform, not just for the sake of defending their interests but also to move forward with…

Slow progress on copyright in education and research at the World Intellectual Property Organisation

Advancing an international copyright exception for education and research and involving education unions in related discussions were the key messages imparted by Education International (EI) to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). EI outlined these core concepts at the 37th…