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Leading change II workshop inspires women unionists

Thirty women transport union leaders from 21 countries were welcomed to the ITF Leading Change II programme in the United States with a stirring speech by the Seafarers International Union (SIU) president, Mike Sacco.

21/11/2014:   Speaking to the participants at the Paul Hall Center, Mike Sacco stressed the need for union training, especially in leadership, to build strong unions. He congratulated the ITF for putting on the programme in partnership with the Harvard Labor and Work life Program at Harvard Law School.

The programme, which ran from 2-7 November, included training in leadership, strategic planning and communication. Each participant delivered an individual presentation on a specific union organising and negotiating campaign, applying the tools from the programme. Alison McGarry, ITF women transport workers coordinator, and Dr Elaine Bernard from Harvard delivered the training, with the support of Tracey Mayhew, a member of ITF women's transport workers committee, and staff from SIU.

Feedback from the programme was highly positive, with participants describing it as inspiring, providing invaluable new tools and methods and helpful for analysing and planning strategic organising campaigns. Victoria Kuzmina from the Dockers' Union of Russia highlighted an additional strength as being part of a team of women leaders from all over the world. Helen McAra, general secretary of the New Zealand Merchant Service Guild IUOW Inc, said: "The course is invaluable for ITF women leaders and has the potential to greatly benefit ITF male leaders, too. It imparts great leadership skills and techniques by focusing on union campaigns and issues, which gives it immediacy and relevance to each individual participant. We were absolutely surprised at how much useful material we learned in such a short time."

Source:  International Transport Workers Federation--ITF representing over 4.5 million transport workers in 700 unions from 150 countries

World's DHL Unions Meet to Coordinate Work

20 November 2014:   More than 70 trade union activists and leaders from the global post and logistics giant DP-DHL met in Mumbai 15-17 November to coordinate their unions' work in conjunction with the global union federations UNI Global Union and the International Transport Workers Federation.

Participants came together from 26 countries as UNI, ITF and their affiliates continue their global push to win workers' rights in DHL. The GUFs have worked together in the past several years to support union organising campaigns in DHL and to ensure that the company upholds its public commitments to freedom of association. A number of participants noted that their unions are met with hostility from DHL. In India, where the meeting was held, two local unions are continuing their fight against unfair transfers of union activists and an unfair classfication system where DHL grades couriers as managers, limiting their ability to join the union of their choice. The assembled delegates came out strongly in defense of their Indian colleagues and vowed to continue to show their solidarity with the Indian workers and their union as they continue to seek justice in DHL India.

Over the three day meeting, unions discussed strategies to improve their organizing efforts and committed to work on new organizing targets in the year ahead. They also celebrated big victories in the year past, such as the union recognition in DHL Global Forwarding in Malaysia and new collective agreements in Panama and Turkey.

UNI Post & Logistics head Stephen DeMatteo said of the meeting, "This was a tremendous opportunity to coordinate our activity and continue the push to win workers' rights in DHL. UNI has never been more committed to organizing and winning for all workers in DHL. Together with the ITF and our affiliates, we're prepared to take our work well into 2015."

Source:  UNI Global Union--UNI represents more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions worldwide

BWI Statement on Swaziland: Respect Trade Union Rights

19 November 2014:   The Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) is extremely concerned about the recent developments in Swaziland, and strongly condemns the 17 October 2014 decision by the government of Swaziland to ban all trade union federations and their activities in that country.

The cabinet resolution to ban all trade union federations while the country seeks to amend its labour laws as per the International Labour Organization's (ILO's) recommendations, is based on a false premise, flies against the spirit of the recommendations and violates Article 5 of ILO Convention No. 87, which entitles workers to the freedom of association and protection of the right to organise.

The ILO did not suggest that trade union federations be banned, but instead recommended that Swaziland amend specific provisions of the Industrial Relations Act of 2000, in order to allow for the registration of trade union federations in the country. To use ILO recommendations as a basis for such draconian actions by the Swaziland government represents posturing of the highest order and is tantamount to acting in bad faith.

The contempt with which Swaziland's government deals with trade unions has long been a concern for BWI and trade unions in Swaziland. This heavy-handed resolution represents the latest attempt by King Mswati III's government to stifle trade union activities, making Swaziland less favourable to trade unions, thus open the prevalence of violation of union and workers' rights in Swaziland.

As we have always maintained as BWI, the key to Swaziland emerging from political and economic malaise lies in a democratic order that embraces constitutional democracy. We call on the global trade union movement to put pressure on the Government of Swaziland to respect the rights of workers and trade unions to independently operate according to international labour standards. We also call on the African regional bodies, such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) and governments in the African continent, to exert pressure on King Mswati III's government to adhere to international labour conventions it which guarantees workers' rights and respect for human rights.

Source:  Building and Wood Workers International--BWI uniting 12 million members in 328 trade unions in 130 countries

Hungarian workers protest against austerity

Nov 19, 2014:   On 17 November, the IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Hungarian Metalworkers' Federation (VASAS) staged a protest in Budapest in front of the Parliament to prevent new austerity drive.

At least one thousand workers came to the streets and raised their voice against the government's plan to increase taxes on fringe benefits from 35.7 per cent up to 51.17 per cent while in the same time lowering the maximum possible annual amount of this allowance paid by the employers. The government did not consult their social partners about suggested amendments in advance, and workers' representatives only learned about the planned rise through the mass media publications. The planned tax increase would affect in a very negative way many households as fringe benefits are a very important and essential part of income for many Hungarian families.

Other IndustriALL affiliates including Federation of Building Material Workers' Unions, Federation of the Chemical, Energy and General Workers' Union and Mining and Energy Workers' Union - BDSZ-Mining joined the protest.

The good news is that according to VASAS while the protest was still going on, leader of the parliamentary group of the ruling party Hungarian Civic Alliance - Fidesz announced that they would not support the government's plan. On 19 November the most objectionable part of the tax law 2015 planning a tax hike was voted down by the Parliament.

Although happened the same day the union action was not directly linked to the "Public Outrage Day" in Budapest involving more than 10,000 people who gathered in front of the Hungarian Parliament demanding dismissal of the head of the tax authority accused of corruption, and a higher level of accountability of the Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.

Source:  IndustriALL Global Union--IndustriALL represents 50 million workers in 140 countries

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