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Month: February 2019

Tunisia: UGTT to set up support centers to defend migrant workers’ rights

Tunisia’s national trade union center UGTT has condemned the exploitation of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa in Tunisia and called for government action to protect their rights. Following the death of a worker from Ivory Coast on a farm in…

Workers protest as Royal Enfield transfers union members across India

The transfers are the continuation of a tactic by Royal Enfield management to undermine union demands, including the equal treatment and regularization of precarious workers, in the ongoing collective bargaining negotiation. The transferred workers include the general secretary of the…

Another step on the path towards open access

Education International has answered a call for consultation on open access of research, stressing that the public good is served by the widest and most accessible dissemination of scholarly work and educational material.   Following the suggestions of affiliates at…

Regulating the regulators? Proposed new measures on pesticide authorization in the European Union

The campaign to stop glyphosate reauthorization in the European Union failed to ban glyphosate, but it succeeded brilliantly in exposing the agrochemical industry’s grip on the regulatory agencies tasked with protecting public health and the environment. The campaign aftershocks continue….

Australian union resists Kimberly-Clark attempts to weaken conditions

Kimberly-Clark had attempted to drastically weaken terms and conditions, under the threat of closing the Millicent Tissue Mill, in South Australia. The plant employs 400 people, and produces Kleenex and other well-known brands. The Millicent Mill is the major employer…

Why you need to know about tailings dams

What are mine tailings? Tailings are the waste products from mining. Mechanical and chemical processes are used to grind up rock into a fine sand to extract the valuable mineral or metal from the rock ore. All the unrecoverable and…

Bangladesh Government set to throw away Accord achievements

13.02.2019 The Bangladesh Government is set to throw away the achievements of the Bangladesh Accord, which was a response to the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013 that claimed more than 1000 lives. Rather than negotiate a responsible handover of…

Italian unions mobilize for ‘A future for work!’

Hundreds of thousands of trade union members from across Italy came together in Rome on February 9 for a demonstration called by the three largest national union confederations demanding the ‘populist’ government act to ensure ‘A future for work!’ Unemployment…

Italian unions stage a massive protest against government policy

Last weekend the San Giovanni square was full of workers, pensioners and families from all over Italy, many held union flags and banners. Many came to Rome in 12 trains, approximately 1,300 buses and two ships. They joined all together…

Haiti endorses the Safe Schools Declaration

Haiti endorses the Safe Schools Declaration Topics in this post: Education International welcomes the endorsement by Haiti of the Safe Schools Declaration, committing itself to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities during times of violent conflict. The Global Coalition to…

Denver teachers fight against austerity

For the first time in 25 years teachers are walking off the job in Denver, Colorado, demanding better working conditions and a fair compensation system. Teachers across the USA are demanding better working conditions and an end to austerity. The…

Zambia: Three mineworkers die in underground fire

12.02.2019 Three mineworkers died on 8 February when a loader caught fire underground at Mopani Copper Mine’s Mindola North Shaft in Kitwe, Zambia. Another worker, who survived the fire, is being treated for burns. While refuelling a loader, the engine…

Myanmar: Tharabar Gate Hotel workers continue fighting for their rights

The targeted dismissal of union leaders and members, the brutal destruction of the workers’ solidarity camp and arrests of protest marchers have not deterred workers at the Tharabar Gate Hotel from taking public action to demand their rights. On February…

Algeria -independent unions challenge repression

Independent trade unions in Algeria continue their long fight for rights in the face of ongoing repression. On February 3, police forcefully broke up a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Employment, Labour and Social Security by independent unions,…

South African unions oppose plans to privatize power utility Eskom

11.02.2019 Unions are rejecting a proposal to dismantle the state-owned power utility Eskom made by the President Cyril Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation address on 8 February, saying this will cause job losses and retrenchments that will affect…

Africa: teachers call on politicians to reject privatisation : Education International

Africa: teachers call on politicians to reject privatisation Topics in this post: Education International’s African leaders have released a statement today calling on their Heads of States to reject privatisation and to invest in quality public education for all. Entrenched…

Amnesty International, unions protest latest persecution of labour rights activists in Iran

UK and international trade unions joined Amnesty International UK for a demonstration at the Iranian embassy in London on January 29 to demand freedom for two imprisoned labour rights activists. Esmail Bakhshi, who works at the Haft Tapeh sugar complex…

Brazilian metalworkers announce global action against General Motors’ threats

Leaders from all of the unions within the Brazilian Metalworkers’ Movement (O movimento Brasil Metalúrgico), uniting all the federations, unions and confederations of metalworkers of Brazil including IndustriALL affiliates CNM/CUT and CNTM/Força Sindical, agreed on a plan of action to…

Massive student rally on climate change

Belgian teacher unions have declared their support for the young people who have been demonstrating in the streets of Belgium – and internationally – every Thursday for nearly a month to demand that decision-makers take urgent measures to tackle climate…

Educators Stage United Statewide Walkout

Submitted on Thu, 02/07/2019 – 10:39am “Why did they march?” A mini-documentary from the Richmond IWW https://wobsouth.info/richmond-va-educators-stage-united-statewide-walkout Thousands of education workers from all around the commonwealth of Virginia descended on the capitol city of Richmond in what was the largest…

African Mining Indaba: decent and sustainable work must be the future of mining in 2050

These are some of the questions that framed debate at the African Mining Indaba and Alternative African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town 4-7 February. The theme for the Mining Indaba, a forum bringing together thousands of representatives from governments, mining companies…

Timberland workers in the Philippines strike over union busting

Pulido Apparel closed its San Luis facility in Batangas in December blaming financial difficulties. However, less than a month later, Pulido started rehiring workers at the same factory on two-month contracts, while blacklisting union officers and members.  The strikers are…

Young Cambodian workers move a step closer to leadership

The young trade unionists from ten national affiliates held the training as a follow-up to the action plan adopted at the regional youth exchange in Malaysia in October 2018. The participants learned more about building youth committees, new organizing approaches,…

Workers at Coca-Cola Indonesia again confirm their confidence in victimized union leaders

Workers at Coca-Cola Indonesia fighting for independent and democratic unions have again confirmed their confidence in union leaders victimized by management. At a general membership meeting on February 5, Lutfi Arifiyanto was re-elected chairman of the independent SBMCC, the union…

IndustriALL urges respect for the self-determination and sovereignty of the Venezuelan people

IndustriALL also rejects the external boycott, which has clear political and economic motives that violate Venezuela’s sovereignty. IndustriALL has called on both the government of Venezuela and the opposition to end the confrontation, and has urged both sides to comply…

ACT labelled “important global initiative” by UK Parliamentary report

Governments around the world are increasingly recognising that ACT is the initiative most likely to deliver living wages to garment workers. The interim report of the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee on the sustainability of UK’s fashion industry is the result…

Turkey ratifies Hong Kong Convention for safe recycling of ships

Turkey is one of the five major ship recycling countries in the world, including Bangladesh, China, India and Pakistan, that account for more than 90 per cent of all ship recycling by tonnage.  The International Maritime Organization’s Convention enters into…

The new World Bank classroom performance tool does not pass the test

Educators are voicing their concern over a new classroom observation tool from the World Bank which supposedly improves teaching practices. Teach, “a new, easily-available classroom observation tool”, as promoted by the World Bank, was met with skepticism by educators when launched in Washington earlier this week….

Nigerian unions welcome minimum wage progress

04.02.2019 A sustained campaign by unions and threat of strike action has succeeded in pushing the Nigerian National Assembly to approve a new national minimum wage of 30,000 Naira (US$83), when it appeared to be stalling. Nigerian unions, including seven…

key education unions embark in joint action to defend teachers’ conditions

Zimbabwe: key education unions embark in joint action to defend teachers’ conditions Topics in this post: For the first time ever, the two largest teacher unions in Zimbabwe have come together to defend the teaching profession and call for a…