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Month: February 2019

Unions in solidarity with victims of Brumadinho dam disaster

February 25 marked one month after the catastrophic failure of mining company Vale’s tailings dam, situated in the town of Corrego do Feijão, in the municipality of Brumadinho (southeast Brazil). The death toll has since mounted to 179, and 131…

Agreement at Danone Dairy Belgium restricts casual employment

The IUF-affiliated Food and Services Union (ACV-CSC) has successfully negotiated a local agreement at Danone Dairy Belgium’s Rotselaar plant which strictly defines and restricts the use of non-permanent employment. The agreement was negotiated within the framework of the IUF-Danone agreement…

Unions say no to violence against women!

“As trade unions, we are at the forefront of this fight. Let’s again show our strong determination to advance gender equality in the world of work on 8 March, International Women’s Day,” says Jenny Holdcroft, IndustriALL assistant general secretary. Preconditions…

Radical change needed for gender equality at work

The recent landmark ILO report, Work for a Brighter Future, is calling for the implementation of a transformative agenda for gender equality in the future of work. The trade union movement must take the lead in this agenda – in…

education union urges public authorities to keep promise of improved working and living conditions

Confronted with the Government’s failure to sign a collective bargaining agreement and increase teachers’ salary in the upcoming national budget, the Uganda National Teachers’ Union has given notice of industrial action beginning on 20 May. “The Uganda National Teachers’ Union…

Union protest marks more than 370 days of continuous struggle on the picket line for rights at AB InBev India

For 374 days, workers and their union at AB InBev Sonepat plant have been fighting union-busting and local management’s ongoing refusal to reinstate unfairly terminated union leaders, and they continue to fight for their rights. Continued peaceful protest action by…

Cement unions in India commit to strong organizing drive

All trade unions present also decided jointly to fight precarious work, improve women workers’ situation and fight for better occupational safety and health (OSH) in India’s cement companies. Participating IndustriALL cement sector affiliates, Indian Cement Workers’ Federation, All India Cement…

Expanded maternity leave becomes law in the Philippines

26.02.2019 After more than six years of intense campaigning and lobbying by IndustriALL affiliated unions, women workers’ in the Philippines will now benefit from increased paid maternity leave, as a new law comes into force. Women workers and unions celebrate…

Bodies of Pasta de Conchos victims may be recovered

Tuesday, 19 February marked the 13th anniversary of the Pasta de Conchos tragedy in which 65 workers were killed by an explosion at the mine owned by Grupo Mexico. Mexico’s president, Andrés López Obrador, announced that he would look into…

trade unions strongly oppose increased tuition fees for foreign students

French education unions are taking a stand against the planned increase in tuition fees for non-EU students.   On 19 November 2018, the French Prime Minister announced that tuition fees for students from non-EU member states would rise considerably from…

BC’s 2019 budget puts working people ahead of the wealthy and well-connected

BC Finance Minister Carole James’s third provincial budget continues the NDP government’s shift toward making life more affordable for working people and creating more opportunities for people to succeed, according to CUPE BC President Paul Faoro. “We’re pleased to see the government build…

CUPE defends safe, voluntary blood supply

For many years, CUPE has been vocal about supporting blood and plasma self-sufficiency in Canada through voluntary, unpaid donations. Whenever we can, we bring that message to Parliament Hill. This Thursday, Amanda Vyce, health care researcher at CUPE’s national office, presented…

CUPE paramedics support the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society

The provincial chair of Ontario paramedics represented by CUPE met today with representatives of the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (TOPS), at the Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site, a satellite program of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre. CUPE Ontario medics recently…

Fighting for equity at the bargaining table

Maybe you’ve heard about the concept of ‘intersectionality.’ But did you know that it comes from analysis of workplace discrimination? Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading scholar on race theory, coined the term in 1989 while she was examining a legal case in…

CUPE congratulates NDP leader Jagmeet Singh on historic win in Burnaby South

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is sending heartfelt congratulations to NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who will take his seat in the House of Commons after winning a by-election in Burnaby South on Monday night. “Canadians are looking for action to…

Unions help win extended maternity leave in the Philippines

Paid maternity leave in the Philippines has been extended from 60 to 105 days under a new law which came into effect on February 20. IUF affiliates NUWHRAIN and the SENTRO Food & Beverage Workers Council played a significant role…

Entrenched inequality in public school funding

The Australian Education Union (AEU) has reacted to a report into the provision of childcare, education and training: highlighting that pubic authorities favour private schools over public schools when it comes to funding, and demanding that an end be put…

Teachers support students in their fight against climate change

Teachers support students in their fight against climate change Topics in this post: The student mobilisations against climate change are growing in intensity and reach – now teachers are voicing their support for their students’ courage and determination. EI Statement…

Brazilian unions protest against pension reform and promise further action

22.02.2019 Brazilian unions declared a national day of struggle in defence of universal, public social security, and organized a national assembly of the working class against attacks on pensions. They developed a new schedule of struggles and mobilizations throughout the…

Bangladesh: long struggle wins collective bargaining rights for workers at transnational confectioner Perfetti Van Melle

After 160 days of struggling for recognition and overcoming management efforts to undermine the right to freedom of association, the union of workers at Dutch-based global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle was granted legal collective bargaining status on February 17. Workers…

International solidarity against teacher harassment

An international delegation has joined the education union ACT to express its solidarity with teacher unionists, profiled and harassed by the government in contravention of commonly agreed human rights. Teachers in the Philippines have rallied under the slogan, #HandsOffOurTeachers, in…

Trade unions in Brazil campaign against pension reforms

They will spend the day campaigning against right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro’s proposed pension reform, which seeks to bring an end to pensions. The proposal, which will be submitted to Congress on 20 February, aims to replace the social security system…

Ukrainian miners protest underground against non-payment of wages

The mineworkers are demanding payment of three months of wage arrears from the state-owned coal mining company Selydivvugillia. IndustriALL Global Union affiliates the Trade Union of Coal Industry Workers of Ukraine and Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU)…

Glencore African union network opens dialogue with company

Union representatives from the African countries where Swiss-based mining and commodities giant has operations, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Africa and Zambia, met Glencore’s human resources (HR) management team for the first time at the launch of IndustriALL…

Free teacher unionist detained in Kurdistan province!

Education International has sent a protest letter to the government of Iran deploring the arbitrary arrest and prolonged detention of Mokhtar Asadi, teacher and member of the Iranian Teacher Trade Association in the province of Kurdistan.   Education International (EI) was…

Calls for safety standards in artisanal mining as Zimbabwe’s flooded gold mines claim 28 lives

Mining companies Zimplats and Rio Zim are assisting in the rescue effort by providing machinery and equipment. Rescuers say they need water pumps with more horsepower to reach the missing miners as the water level keeps rising. Glen Mpufane, IndustriALL…

Russian unions fight to save Ford plant

19.02.2019 Workers fear that the Ford-Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad region, Russia, will close, at a cost of more than 1,000 jobs. Their trade unions have launched a campaign against the closure of the plant and called for support from…

Felisa Tibbitts appointed UNESCO Chair in Human Rights in Higher Education

Education International congratulates Felisa Tibbitts for her nomination as UNESCO Chair in Human Rights in Higher Education. Felisa Tibbitts was appointed on 12 February UNESCO Chair in Human Rights in Higher Education at the Dutch Utrecht University. The main purpose…

IndustriALL and Rio Tinto set QIT Madagascar Minerals on the path to constructive social dialogue

The mission was part of an IndustriALL union building activity in Antananarivo, Madagascar on 11 and 12 February 2019. IndustriALL and Rio Tinto are making a joint effort to set Rio Tinto’s QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) operation on the right…

Supporting Serbian workers to win a living wage

The seminar in Belgrade on 13-14 February was part of an EU-funded project, “Strengthening the capacity of trade unions in South-East Europe to improve wages and working conditions in the garment and footwear sectors”, carried out in cooperation between industriAll…