LabourStart Solidarity Campaigns
Fast Food Global...Low Pay is Not OK
Re-Run the Vote: No World Cup Without Workers Rights...
International Trade Union Confederation
three minute web movie overview of the concept of decent work in 29 languages...International Labor Organization
Making Change at Walmart...
United Food and Commercial Workers
Real Food. Real Jobs....UNITE HERE
Robin Hood Tax Campaign...
it's not a tax on the people, it's a tax for the people...United States
Fix My Job...Working America AFL-CIO
Warehouse Workers United...
Change to Win Coalition
T-Mobile Workers United...
Communications Workers of America
ILO Labor Standards
The International Labor Organization (ILO) labor standards take the form of International Labor Conventions which are ratified by member countries. Of the total number of ILO Conventions, eight are considered core labor standards, fundamental to the rights of workers. The ILO is a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Moldova Telecom Union is Ready to Organise
6 September 2014: UNI affiliate FSCM Moldova is holding a planning workshop this weekend in the Labour institute to prepare its plans for an organisng campaign in their sector. 20 activists and union leaders are going through training with UNI, supported by the Swedish UNI affiliate SEKO.
The union is seeking to extends it recent successes in concluding collective agreements and recognition deals to build its union membership to reflect the level of its activity and influence. The 3 day training will provide the union with planning skills on resources and strategy based on recent organisng successes by other union affiliates including workers from Nepal who are also employed by TeliaSonera. UNI SCORE and UNI ICTS have worked together to deliver this important planning session for the FSCM.
Cadbury 5 Re-elected to Union Executive at Mondelez Alexandria
5 September 2014: The Cadbury 5 and their supporters swept to victory in elections to the executive of the independent union at Mondelez in Alexandria, Egypt held on August 29.
The 5, who were dismissed in 2012 but reinstated under the terms of the IUF/Mondelez agreement which put an end to the two-year conflict, were overwhelmingly re-elected as the principal officers of the union. Together with their supporters on the executive, defenders of independent trade unionism fill all 9 leadership positions.
One-hundred-sixty members attended the union meeting where the elections took place, including 48 members from the other Mondelez Alexandria factory in Borg El-Arab. Three of the elected executive members work at this factory, where membership continues to grow. The IUF has congratulated the union on securing the union at both plants.
Qatar: Human Rights Investigators Vanish, as FIFA Forges Ahead on 2022 World Cup
4 September 2014: The ITUC has expressed serious concern for the safety and welfare of two human rights investigators, Ghimire Gundev and Krishna Upadhyaya, in Qatar. The two British nationals were being followed and harassed by Qatari security agents as they documented extreme violations of workers' rights in the Gulf state. They then disappeared as they prepared to leave their hotel for Doha airport to leave the country on 31 August.
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary said "Qatar seems to think that creating a climate of fear and intimidation will somehow turn the eyes of the world away from its modern slavery economy. Hundreds of migrant workers, many of them women, are languishing in Doha's detention centres simply for running away from abusive and violent employers. Foreign journalists have been detained for trying to report the truth, and state repression is actually increasing in a country that already showed no respect for basic human rights and legal standards."
Norwegian based human rights ngo GNRD, the employer of the two investigators, is "deeply concerned that these employees, both British citizens, may have been subjected to enforced disappearance and are currently at risk of torture".
Meanwhile, FIFA is pushing ahead with preparations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with meetings scheduled for 8 September on whether to hold the event in summer or winter. "FIFA appears to have forgotten about the plight of the hundreds of thousands of migrants building the World Cup infrastructure, with a least one worker losing their life every day. Even the cosmetic changes to the kafala system of servitude have been put back for as much as 18 months while the local Chamber of Commerce decides if it will allow even these so-called reforms to see the light of day. FIFA should vote again on who should host in 2022 rather than dancing to the tune of corporate sponsors and multinational construction firms at the expense of some of the world's most exploited workers," said Burrow.
Mexican Appeals Court Cancels Last Charges Against Napoleón Gómez
Sep 3, 2014: After years of persecution, Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, President and General Secretary of IndustriALL affiliate the National Mine and Metal Workers Union, Los Mineros, has finally had all criminal charges against him dropped by a court in Mexico.
In a unanimous decision issued in open court on 28 August, the Fourth Collegiate Tribunal for Criminal Matters of the First Circuit in the Federal District ruled that the government's criminal charge against Gómez, based on the dissolution of a union trust fund in 2005, was baseless and unconstitutional. This is the eleventh time that the Mexican government charged Gómez with the same offense and the eleventh time that the appellate courts have ruled in his favour. The Mexican Attorney General's office announced that it would respect the decision, which cannot be appealed.
IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary Jyrki Raina welcomes the decision: "Despite pressure from anti-union companies the Mexican courts have finally dropped the last criminal charge against Napoleón Gómez. It is time to start preparations for Napoleón's return from his eight-year exile in Canada - there is so much trade union work to be done in Mexico!"
Since 2006 and Gómez' strong condemnation of the industrial homicide at Pasta de Conchos, the mineworker leader has been persecuted by the corporate-government alliance and forced into exile in Vancouver, Canada. In exile, Gómez has continued to lead Los Mineros and successfully bargain collective agreements improving the working conditions of the union members. Gómez is a member of IndustriALL's Executive Committee. However, since sham charges against him from the Mexican authorities have kept him on the Interpol red alert list he has been unable to take his seat as a titular member of the executive.
Jyrki Raina continues: "This is a triumph for the relentless international trade union solidarity campaign and we look forward welcoming Gómez at our next Executive in December."