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Month: April 2019

Critical voices at Pearson’s AGM

Edubusiness Pearson was the subject of much criticism last week at its AGM in London. Union representatives, challenged giant edubusiness Pearson at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in London, United Kingdom (UK), last week. On 26 April, protestors gathered before…

Trade unionists reaffirm human rights-based approach is critical for achieving the goals of the 2019 annual Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The Global Union Federations has released a response to the outcome document of the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women Unions. The 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW63), which took place 11-22…

Argentina: Education unions unite in national strike : Education International

Argentina: Education unions unite in national strike Topics in this post: Education International extends its support and solidarity to Argentinian workers in their call for a National Strike on Tuesday, 30th April. The union action is organised by the CTA-T,…

African textile, leather and garment unions meeting strategizes on AGOA

A strategy workshop organized by the Solidarity Centre Kenya in Nairobi 16-17 April, attended by 27 participants that included IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from Ethiopia, Eswatini, Kenya and Lesotho, confederations from the four countries, and regional bodies, EATUC and SATUCC,…

ILO Convention 176 is key for the mining industry

Several geographically dispersed calamitous events around the world in the mining industry have focused the attention of the world on health and safety on the global mining industry. The dramatic rescue of 33 trapped miners from the depths of a…

Global unions target safety at work in pulp, paper, graphical and packaging

(1) The Right to Know – workers must know the hazards and risks in their workplace  (2) The Right to Act (commonly known as the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work Without Punishment)  (3) The Right to Participate in the safety…

Russia: trade unions prepare for wage dispute at Volkswagen

At an IndustriALL workshop on 19 and 20 April, representatives from the Interregional Trade Union Workers Association (ITUWA) and the Automobile and Farm Machinery Workers’ Union of Russia (AFW) at Volkswagen plant in Kaluga discussed ways to conclude a strong…

Oil and gas unions build sustainability in volatile MENA region

Ahmed Kamel opened by noting that as this was the fifth meeting, the network had become sustainable: “We have achieved a lot since the creation of this network. We need to decide where we want to be in five years….

Kyrgyz unions oppose anti-union law

The bill was submitted on 12 April for public discussion on the website of the Kyrgyz parliament. However, it was prepared without participation of trade union representatives and does not include any of their proposals. If adopted the bill will…

European Education trade unionists to join large rally for a fairer Europe for workers – 26 April

European Education trade unionists to join large rally for a fairer Europe for workers – 26 April Topics in this post: The European Trade Union Committee for Education has called on European education unionists and activists to take part in…

IndustriALL condemns brutal arrest of Algerian union leader

Raouf Mellal, president of gas and electricity workers’ union, SNATEG, was violently arrested by police on Tuesday 23 May at a peaceful student demonstration in Algiers. While in detention, he was handcuffed to an iron chair and interrogated by police…

make the right to free quality public education a reality

Global Action Week for Education: make the right to free quality public education a reality Topics in this post: On the occasion of the Global Education Week for Education (24 April-1st May), educators and their unions around the world have…

MENA women make progress in patriarchal societies

  The IndustriALL MENA women’s network meeting opened with lively discussions, exploring the journey they had taken since the launch in 2015, and where they should go in the future.  “We have a 40 per cent target for the representation…

Solidarity, democracy and unity high on the agendas of education trade unions

During their annual conferences, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers and the National Education Union, both affiliated to Education International, have reasserted during their annual conferences their core values and determination to continue advocating education policies beneficial…

Bangladesh unions call for Accord to continue on 6th anniversary of Rana Plaza

Some 150 people from IndustriALL’s trade union affiliates in Bangladesh took part in the protest in front of the press club in the capital Dhaka. IndustriALL’s regional secretary, Apoorva Kaiwar, who was in Dhaka, said:  “Today, we remember the victims…

Why transparency is key to transforming the fashion industry

Brands produce a lot of information about what they’re doing to improve conditions in their supply chains, but it’s only through transparency that this information can be verified.  Transparency allows us to assess whether the strategies companies are using are…

Top human rights award goes to education leader

The former Secretary General of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in the Philippines has been named as recipient of a top international prize for trade union rights.   France Castro, a top trade union activist in the Philippines, has…

Discussions on copyright exceptions for education and research move forward

The week of April 1-5, 2019 was an important week for education and educators due to discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva. The importance of copyright exceptions, including for education, was acknowledged by several speakers during…

Union members assaulted at Perfetti Van Melle Bangladesh after calling for an end to child labour

After a long fight for legal collective bargaining status at global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle’s Bangladesh factory, PVM Union leaders and members have been the target of threats and physical assault. Central to this fight against abusive labour practices was…

Young Senegalese and Ivorian teachers come together for quality education and effective trade unions : Education International

Young teacher-activists from Senegal and the Ivory Coast came together to exchange ideas and expand their knowledge on a number of issues relating to attaining quality education for all.   A workshop funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) brought…

The Republic of Moldova endorses the Safe Schools Declaration

Education International welcomes the endorsement by the Republic of Moldova of the Safe Schools Declaration; a solemn government commitment to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities during times of violent conflict. The Republic of Moldova is the 86th state to…

Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa strengthened by solidarity

During an IndustriALL mission to Nairobi, Kenya, IndustriALL Global Union general secretary Valter Sanches and regional secretary Paule France Ndessomin met the six IndustriALL affiliates to discuss issues faced by Kenyan workers, including precarious work. Precarious work is prevalent in…

#TheCargill14 mark a year of struggle with demonstration at head office

The 14 workers fired one year ago for organizing a union at their Cargill factory in Bursa-Orhangazi, Turkey and their union Tekgida-Is are more determined than ever to have their rights respected. To mark the first anniversary of their ongoing…

Swedish unions help to strengthen their Latin American peers

On 8 April, Magnus Kjellson and Pamela Valenzuela from Unionen, together with Fanny Högrell from IF Metall, attended a meeting at IndustriALL’s regional office in Montevideo. The aim was to assess the achievements of the “Construyendo poder sindical en América…

IUF Accor unions reaffirm commitment to organizing and fighting for rights

Representatives of unions organizing Accor workers in Austria, Benin, France, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Spain and the United States and Canada came together in Casablanca, Morocco on April 14 to assess the state of union organization in the company and advance…

It is time to act on decent work for all e-waste workers

This video from the Self-Employed Women’s Association in India shows the realities of processing e-waste The Global Dialogue Forum on Decent Work in the Management of Electrical and Electronic Waste (e-waste) took place from 9 to 11 April 2019. The…

Global education union leaders in solidarity with African educators living in violence-ridden countries

The Education International Executive Board has sent out solidarity letters to member organisations in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria; countries where political and terrorist violence has taken the lives of teachers, academics, and education support personnel.   At its…

Malaysia: building union power by more members

According to the Malaysia Department of Trade Union Affairs, the rate of unionization in the country is only 6 per cent. This year, the unions are aiming to organize thousands of workers from factories in the transport and equipment industry,…

IndustriALL and H&M national monitoring committee established in India.

The purpose of the NMC is to develop the national short and long term plans and strategies for implementing the GFA at H&M suppliers. The monitoring committees are composed of local trade unions as well as H&M representatives. The Indian…

Ford workers in Russia demand decent compensation

On 12 April, some 150 workers of the Ford Sollers plant with the support of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Interregional Trade Union “Workers Association” (ITUWA) and the local Ford trade union organization, held a rally with slogans “Ford:  discriminating and…