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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
Robin Hood Tax Campaign...
it's not a tax on the people, it's a tax for the people...United States
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Warehouse Workers United...
Change to Win Coalition
T-Mobile Workers United...
Communications Workers of America
Let's Get America Working...
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
ILO Labor Standards
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Getting ready for 7 October
2 Oct 2015: With 7 October less than one week away, IndustriALL affiliates are preparing a range of actions to bring visibility to their fight against precarious work.
7 October will be the culmination of several ongoing national campaigns against precarious work. In many countries, affiliates will articulate the global campaign to their national fight for a better legislation.
In the Philippines, 7 October will mark the kick off of the IndustriALL affiliates' joint campaign "Stop Precarious Work! Regular Jobs for All". IndustriALL affiliates are organizing a joint rally towards the Department of labour and employment (DOLE). They are expecting a participation of more than 750 people, both permanent and precarious workers. After this mobilization, representatives of IndustriALL's 15 affiliates will have a discussion with the Labour Secretary. They will present their joint position paper on precarious work and their campaign which aims mainly at reviewing existing bills on security of tenure.
In Sri Lanka, affiliates will organize joint rallies as part of their ongoing campaign for the modification of the legislation in order to set limits the use of precarious work.
In Cameroon, IndustriALL affiliates are working towards the introduction of specific regulation for subcontracting to avoid the use of subcontractors in key and permanent activities of the companies. Within the framework of this campaign, they will organize a tripartite meeting with representatives of government and employers' associations on 7 October.
In Brazil, a demonstration involving several trade union centers along with other organizations of the Brazilian social movement will be organized on 3 October. Among other demands, trade unions will request to limit the outsourcing. In April 2015, the House of Representatives in Brasilia had adopted a bill in favor of the liberalization of outsourcing. Trade unions are since then conducting an active campaign to delay its adoption by the Senate.
In Cambodia, affiliates will link their action with the ongoing campaign on maternity protection. They will organize a protest in front of factories and offices demanding "Maternity protection for all women" and "STOP Precarious Work". They will also discuss both issues in a workers' study circle.
In Europe, affiliates will also take action. In Belgium, IndustriALL affiliates will participate in a national manifestation against antisocial policies of the governments, presenting their alternatives.
In Germany, IGMetall will mobilize against the abuses of the use of the contracts for work and services ("Werkverträge") under the slogan "They will not divide us".
This year again on 7 October, IndustriALL affiliates will send a strong message to the world to STOP Precarious Work!
Global Housekeeping Campaign in the Philippines brings union gains at Manila hotels
1 October 2015: The IUF-affiliated NUWHRAIN set up a Campaign Committee in August after joining the Global Housekeeping Campaign and has won important gains for local union chapters at Sofitel and Holiday Inn in Manila. The union has succeeded in eliminating the room quotas for housekeepers at the two hotels, shifts are limited to 8 hours, a group of casual housekeeper employees have been converted to permanent employment and more conversions to permanent status are expected.
NUWHRAIN is also seeking to involve the country's Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in their fight to raise standards for housekeepers across the industry. Following public action to highlight abusive and unhealthy conditions, NUWHRAIN met with DOLE to discuss including union participation in health and safety inspections, a joint study on the condition of housekeepers, developing a government health and safety standard for the industry and measures to enable casual workers in the sector to effectively access their rights. The dialogue is set to continue.
International Day of Older Persons
01 October 2015 - "PSI marks the International Day of Older Persons by calling attention to the global shortage of health and social service workers. This shortage is seriously jeopardizing the health and well-being of millions of older people who need a wide range of care," said PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli.
The global healthcare worker shortage exceeds 7 million globally and is projected to double by 2035 unless action is taken. A new ILO study reveals a global shortage of nearly 14 million social care service workers. Despite the shortage, the sector is noted for its low job growth, low wages and precarious working conditions because most governments won't let health ministries make the investments needed. The situation is worsened by the dismal level of benefits for long-term care; fewer than 6 per cent of people in the world live in countries where long-term care is integrated into universal health coverage.
Rosa Pavanelli warns:
"Governments must ensure that older people are protected, it is part of their basic functions. The market will only protect those who can afford to pay. Corporations are already cherry-picking in the sector, selling services to the wealthy and to others only when there are government subsidies."
"PSI health affiliates are campaigning for Safe and Effective Staffing. Successful changes in staffing laws and policies to reduce workloads will increase recruitment, retention and the working conditions of healthcare workers. This will lead to higher quality services for all, and move us closer to achieving truly universal health coverage."
"Governments need to implement the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, where they have agreed to substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries."
Underpinning all of this is the need to finance public services. PSI calls on all affiliates to support the global tax justice advocacy, which is designed to ensure that all pay their fair share of taxes, including multinational corporations and the planet's richest 1%.
Bangladeshi trade union leader receives human rights award
30 Sep 2015: Amirul Haque Amin, president of IndustriALL affiliate National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) in Bangladesh received the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award on 27 September.
As president of NGWF, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, Amirul Haque Amin has been fighting for the rights of garment workers in Bangladesh for more than three decades.
As a trade union leader, Amin has been active in the introduction of a minimum wage and the signing of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.
IndustriALL general secretary Jyrki Raina applauds the distinction: "It puts the spotlight on our affiliates' continuing struggle in Bangladesh. Awarding Amirul Haque Amin this prize is an important acknowledgement of his and the trade unions' efforts on organizing and fighting for safe and healthy workplaces, and a living wage in the country.
The international jury praised Amin for "the tenacity and intrepidity with which he has tried to improve the lives and working conditions" of Bangladeshi garment workers.
The Nuremberg International Human Rights Award is presented every two years to individuals or groups who have, in an exemplary manner, committed themselves to human rights, sometimes at considerable personal risk.
Rwandan union takes lead on East African northern corridor labour issues
The ITF-affiliated Association des Chauffeurs des Poids Lourds au Rwanda (ACPLRWA) this week presented a memorandum containing East African transport workers' observations, suggestions and demands, to the Rwandan ministry in charge of the East African Community (EAC), ministry of public services and the national police.
25/09/2015: This is part of an action plan from a meeting held in Kampala in August 2015, where union leaders committed themselves to playing their part in dealing with workers' issues amidst the blatant violations of labour and trade union rights along the corridor. The delegation led by ACPLRWA president, Narcisse Tuzinde, presented key concerns such as the lack of written employment contracts, prejudicial treatment by employers and excessive interference and harassment by the police, especially in Kenya.
In response, the Rwandan ministry in charge of EAC affairs assured officials from the ACPLRWA that the ministry will work closely with the union to find sustainable solutions to problems. He requested the ACPLRWA to provide him with concise information about the problems truckers in Rwanda face and promised to take up EAC-level issues. The permanent secretary, Emmanuel Hategeka, further proposed that the union meets with his ministry again, so as to develop a strategic plan.
ITF Africa regional secretary, Joseph Katende said: "EAC heads of state, attach great importance to the free movement of goods and persons, as manifested in the institutions that handle EAC northern corridor affairs, in which each government has significant representation. It is therefore imperative that the technical people in these institutions prioritise workers' issues if the EAC integration programme were to be achieved without surmountable hurdles. Rwanda has reconfirmed its position at the top of the African continent in responding to peoples' needs, and we are hopeful that other governments in the EAC will follow suit."
He added that the steps the ACPLRWA has taken are very proactive and expressed his gratitude to the Rwandan ministry for its exemplary service and professionalism.