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Solidarity works – Orona elevator workers in Norway conclude agreement

02.08.2018 Norwegian elevator constructors’ union who went on strike when their employer Orona, a multinational lift producing and maintenance company based in Spain, refused to negotiate a collective agreement, has won an important victory. Elevator mechanics wanted to conclude a…

Turkey: “Strike ban is violation of fundamental right”, rules Constitutional Court

In January 2015, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Birleşik Metal-İş initiated strike action in 38 workplaces after collective bargaining negotiations with the Metal Industry Employers’ Association (MESS) had broken down. The strike was banned the next day by the government, on…

Indian auto and garment workers move to strengthen union power

02.08.2018 IndustriALL South Asia Office organized consecutive workshops for auto sector workers on 28-29 July, and for garment workers on 26-27 July in Chennai, focusing on strengthening union power. In the workshop on collective bargaining for auto sector workers, union…

IndustriALL is looking for a project coordinator in Sri Lanka for organising EPZ workers

02.08.2018 IndustriALL is implementing the project Advancing social justice and workers’ rights in the export processing zones and industrial areas in Sri Lanka with support from our Canadian affiliate UNIFOR. IndustriALL is looking to hire a coordinator for the project…

IndustriALL is looking for a project coordinator for organizing workers in RMG sector in Bangladesh

02.08.2018 IndustriALL is implementing the project Organizing workers in the RMG sector in Bangladesh with support from FNV Mondiaal. IndustriALL is looking to hire a coordinator for the project who will primarily report to the IndustriALL South Asia regional secretary…

Public education is a social right and is essential to building equality

Public education is a social right that must be guaranteed, maintained and financed by the government, and it is essential to building equality. This is the overarching message of the educators who gathered at the Regional Meeting of Education International…

Case study: Glencore in Colombia

As early as 2006, there were allegations of corruption and severe human rights violations with the local union, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Sintracarbón, accusing the company of forced expropriations and evacuations of entire villages to enable mine expansion, in complicity…

worrying mental health issues for too many students

Reacting to the announcement from the UK Department for Education on plans for all schools to teach children about good physical and mental health, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers has stressed that mental health issues represent…

Want to Stop Violence in Minnesota Prisons? Free Our People

Submitted on Wed, 08/01/2018 – 7:23pm By IWOC – It’s Going Down, July 31, 2018 Editorial from the Twin Cities chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) that links horrific conditions inside with ongoing violence.  On July 18, the…

IWW Canvassers On Strike, Nationwide Actions in Support

Submitted on Wed, 08/01/2018 – 7:43pm By Seattle IWW – It’s Going Down, July 31, 2018 Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. (GCI) is a nationwide, for-profit canvassing contractor which fundraises for progressive nonprofits. GCI canvassers can be seen on countless street corners…

Be a part of CUPE’s fight for pay equity

This year, Canadians have a historic opportunity to make strong pay equity legislation a reality, and CUPE activists will have a big role to play in the months ahead. But to ensure this legislation is robust, systemic, and long-lasting, we…

CUPE cleared for takeoff to represent WestJet flight attendants

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been issued an interim certification by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent 3,000 mainline flight attendants at WestJet. With the majority of WestJet flight attendants having signed cards in support…

CUPE 859 members share their stories for Saskatoon’s Respect Workzone Campaign

Every summer road crews are out across Saskatchewan working hard to build and maintain public infrastructure. These workers are often at risk from motorists who do not obey the rules of the road. The City of Saskatoon has launched a campaign…

CUPE 5430 launches “On guard for public”

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is conducting a province-wide review of security services, using an external consultant named Tony Weeks. Weeks has a track record of privatizing security systems in other provinces. CUPE members are concerned that this review could open…

BRICS unions discuss decent work and sustainable development

31.07.2018 The BRICS Trade Union Forum (BTUF), an alliance of union federations from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is demanding a developmental and democratic model as an alternative to the dominant global financial institutions, especially the IMF and…

Court hearing of the “Trade Union Case” in Belarus

The first day of the court hearing of the “Trade union case”. Today the hearing started of the case of Gennady Fedynich and Ihar Komlik, chairman and chief accountant of the Radio and Electronics Industry Workers’ Union (REP), an affiliate…

South Africa: Mine responsibly and improve working conditions, recommends report

Instead, sad realities are common in the mines — poor working conditions, destruction of the environment, and poverty and disease in mine affected communities. How then can mining companies meet the expectations of society which sees mineral resources as being…

Addressing Workload Issues in Health Care: Victory in the Battlefords

Chronic understaffing and increasing workload are two of the most pressing issues in health care. CUPE 5430 member and Region 1 facility representative Sid Hall has seen the impact of both issues on patient care and health care workers first hand….

Far from ending hallway medicine, Ontario stands to lose 3,712 more hospital beds, more than 16,000 staff under Ford programs

Already funded and staffed at levels well below other provinces, Ontario’s hospitals’ hallway medicine and bed crisis will deepen under Premier Doug Ford’s public service “efficiency” program and promised tax cuts, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) warned today…

Conciliation failing contract talks between crossing guards and Halifax Regional Municipality

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing crosswalk guards with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) says conciliation has failed in contract negotiations. “We have had three days of bargaining and one day of conciliation that failed,” says CUPE National Representative…

Halifax restorative justice caseworkers serve strike notice

CUPE 4764 members, caseworkers employed by the Community Justice Society (CJS), are set to begin job action on July 30, after sending 48-hour strike notice to the Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education this morning. The strike will…

education becomes an overarching theme of the electoral campaign

While it is a matter for rejoicing that education has become a major subject of the debates during the current electoral campaign in Cambodia, education trade unionists have particularly underlined the financial shortcomings of the national school systems, which the…

Rise in deadly violence against land and environment rights defenders

2017 was a year of record violence against environmental and land rights defenders, according to a recent Global Witness report. According to the report, at least 207 people were murdered last year for taking peaceful action to defend their land,…

Dispatch from the Picket Line: IWW Fights Lockouts in Seattle

Submitted on Thu, 07/26/2018 – 8:18pm 1bY5%M1n054k Seattle IWW – It’s Going Down, July 25, 2018 The union drive at Grassroots Campaigns Incorporated (GCI) has been nothing short of profound. Throughout months of organizing we built an unparalleled culture of…

South Africa: union in historic court victory against precarious work

26.07.2018 The Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa, has ruled that an employer cannot employ a worker for more than three months without a permanent contract. This is a major victory for workers after years of a bitter…

Brazil’s trade union centres seek to further the country’s development

The CUT, CSB, CTB, Força Sindical, Intersindical, Nueva Central and UGT have set out an agenda aimed at getting Brazil back on the path to development by promoting democracy, generating high-quality jobs and ensuring social justice. The agenda also seeks…

Energy unions demand Just Transition at world conference

More than 200 representatives from 70 trade unions gathered in St Petersburg, Russia, on 25 and 26 July for IndustriALL Global Union’s world conference for the sector, under the theme “Building Union Power in Energy Industries”. The energy sector is…

AMR, Superbugs and the workplace

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – the development of ‘superbugs’ resistant to antibiotic treatment – has emerged as a major global threat to public health, killing hundreds of thousands of people annually. Health authorities predict that without concerted action millions more may…

P3 highways greater cost to public, says CUPE

CUPE 1867, representing highway workers in Nova Scotia, has questions about the long-term cost of a new P3 highway, especially if maintenance and snow removal are contracted out to private operators. “Can a private, for profit company clear and maintain highways…

Health Care Security Review could open the door for more privatization, says CUPE 5430

CUPE 5430 is concerned that the province wide review of health care security services will open the doorway to privatization of security and other services. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is conducting a province-wide review of security services, using an external consultant…