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Celebrating National Aboriginal Day, June 21

National Aboriginal Day is time to celebrate the vibrant and unique cultures of Indigenous peoples, as First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities graciously share their ceremonies, customs and heritage with us all. It is also a time for us to recommit…

New collective agreement for RTL bus drivers

At a general meeting this past Saturday, bus drivers with the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) ratified their new collective agreement via a secret ballot. They voted 79% in favour of the tentative agreement that their union and the…

Mining unions in the Philippines unite to build workers’ power

18.06.2018 IndustriALL Global Union mining affiliates in the Philippines, together with other unions and workers’ representatives in the sector, have formed a network to advocate mine workers’ interests at the national and local level, following a workshop in Tagaytay City…

EI urges Pearson, The World Bank and DFID UK to stop supporting Bridge International

In letters addressed to the leaders of the Pearson, The World Bank and the Department for International Development (DfID) of the United Kingdom, Education International urged the organizations to stop their sponsorship of Bridge International Academies, a for-profit school chain…

Education unions are key to developing quality policies for teachers

Education International has encouraged the fifteen education unions in Burkina Faso to take an active part in a multi-partner project aimed at concertedly developing new policies for teachers. The Norwegian Government is funding a two year programme in four African…

Former EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen honored by his home union

Former EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen honored by his home union Topics in this post: The main education union in the Netherlands, Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb) honored former EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen, following their annual meeting. Liesbeth Verheggen,…

Iranian authorities beat and detain protesting steel workers

The police and security forces attacked the workers from the National Iranian Steel Industrial Company in Ahvaz city after they began a protest rally in the city’s Kian Pars square, beating and detaining around 60 of them. Workers have been on a…

South African unions reject Eskom’s zero-increase in wages

With the cost of living going up because of tax increases and fuel price hikes, unions in South Africa argue that Eskom shows little concern for the welfare of workers and their families. IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, the National Union…

Philippines: Mine workers meet to discuss Just Transition

15.06.2018 IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the Philippines, as well as other workers’ groups in the mining sector, took part in the regional mining industry tripartite council planning meeting for the Caraga Region on 5 and 6 June 2018 in…

Standing up for workers’ rights at ILC 2018

The ILC conducted a general discussion on “Effective ILO development cooperation in support of the Sustainable Development Goals”, providing guidance on the ILO development cooperation strategy beyond 2018, with a view to shaping the ILO’s future vision for development cooperation….

Standing up for workers’ rights at ILC 2018

The ILC conducted a general discussion on “Effective ILO development cooperation in support of the Sustainable Development Goals”, providing guidance on the ILO development cooperation strategy beyond 2018, with a view to shaping the ILO’s future vision for development cooperation….

Korean union leader Lee Young-joo released!

14.06.2018 Sister Lee Young-joo, former general secretary of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, has been released from prison on suspended sentence on the morning of 14 June 2018. She has spent almost six months in the Seoul Detention Centre….

Education issues high on the WIPO agenda

Through statements in plenary, organising a side event, meeting with delegates and collaborating with other civil society actors, Education International has reaffirmed the importance of advancing on international copyright exceptions at the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of…

Peru: Workers protest against abuses at Protisa

Sutraprotisa, affiliated to the Peruvian Manufacturing Workers Federation (FETRMAP), in its turn affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, organized a demonstration to protest against anti-union persecution, and to demand the on-time payment workers’ wages and a change in the management of…

CRD workers unable to resolve contract negotiations through mediation

CUPE Local 1978 members who work for the Capital Regional District (CRD) are still without a new collective agreement after one day of unsuccessful mediation. “Our next step is to negotiate essential service levels, a process that happens through the BC…

Part-time and casual clerical staff at Toronto Western Hospital choose CUPE

Over 100 part-time and casual clerical staff at Toronto Western Hospital have chosen to improve their working conditions and increase their job security by joining the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Workers cited the need for a fair and…

A clear plea against privatization from the SAQ’s former CEO

At a time when the debate on the possible privatization of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) has once again resurfaced, CUPE has just circulated a previously unseen interview with Gaétan Frigon, the former CEO of the SAQ. Aside…

New CUPE online course: math for union financial officers

Online learning project launches this week! Are you a financial officer for your CUPE local? Are you interested in becoming one, and want to improve your math skills? CUPE’s new online math course is for you. Calculating Percentages and Decimals helps you…

Lack of firefighters at the Campbellton Fire Department

CUPE 76, which represents municipal workers and firefighters, are speaking out against the lack of firefighters at the Campbellton Fire Department. Over the last few years, the City has refused to post three internal vacant positions, which leads the Union to believe…

Privatization of hospital services prevented in New Brunswick

Today, CUPE celebrates a victory in New Brunswick. The provincial government has announced it will not proceed with the Sodexo takeover of food, environmental and patient portering services in the province’s hospitals. “After petitions, rallies, meetings and citizen advocacy, our efforts…

South Africa: Union calls for improved health and safety after four mineworkers are killed at Sibanye Stillwater gold mine

13.06.2018 The deaths at Sibanye Stillwater operations in 2018 go beyond previous years with 11 killed in 2016, and nine in 2017. This year the death toll is already at 18 showing that the company’s operations are increasingly becoming death-traps…

Coca-Cola is becoming a serial human rights offender – in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland, the Philippines and the United States

Human rights abuses are accumulating at The Coca-Cola Company. That makes Coke a serial offender when it comes to failing to respect the human rights of workers and acting to remedy abuses. The right of all workers to form, join…

Independent trade unions of Kazakhstan chosen for International Prize for Trade Union Rights

The award of this year’s Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights to the independent trade unions of Kazakhstan is a powerful message of international solidarity. The Kazakh authorities’ refusal to allow a representative of the country’s independent union…

IndustriALL and Lukoil renew global agreement

12.06.2018 The renewed agreement reaffirms the labour and social commitments of one of the largest publicly traded Russian-based oil and gas companies, employing more than 100,000. Lukoil accounts for more than 2 per cent of the world’s oil production and…

Indonesian pulp and paper union calls 3-day strike

The workers are employed by five different outsourcing firms that supply labour to PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp and Paper operations. Workers will take industrial action from 13 to 15 June 2018 at two locations in South Sumatera Province and Lampung Province. …

Indonesian pulp and paper union calls 3-day strike

The workers are employed by five different outsourcing firms that supply labour to PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp and Paper operations. Workers will take industrial action from 13 to 15 June 2018 at two locations in South Sumatera Province and Lampung Province. …

Sherry Hillier presents at hearings for the NL Auto Insurance Review

On June 5, 2018, CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier and CUPE National Researcher Carol Ferguson spoke as presenters at the Auto Insurance Review Board hearing conducted by the NL Public Utilities Board. Members on the bench of the Auto Insurance Review…

SFU workers’ pension plan secured following years of effort

CUPE 3338 members who work at Simon Fraser University, and other members of the Employees’ Joint Pension Committee (EJPC), will vote on ratification of proposed amendments to their pension plan this fall. Both the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC) and the…

National Sector Council Conference | Canadian Union of Public Employees

Event overview CUPE’s National Sector Council helps our members from different regions share information about work in their sectors to build common ground and collective strength. Sharing experiences, strategies and successes is what it’s all about. CUPE’s third National Sector Council…

Schneider Electric workers rally for union rights in India

11.06.2018 Workers of Luminous Power Technologies owned by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management rallied protesting against vindictive actions, caste abuses of the management and demanded the right to freedom of association. Condemning transfer of union office bearers…