Argentina SIGTUR congress will be to direct the debates and actions towards the issue of the transformation of work, and the role trade unions and workers play in a new scenario Trade union confederations from 9 countries met in Bangkok on July 6th and 7th for the Regional Coordinating meeting of the Southern Initiative on Globalization and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR). The meeting was attended by unions from Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea and India. The challanges of the trade union movement in these countries was discussed, with a common context of advancing neoliberal policies that affect workers’ rights in particular. The struggles carried out from the trade union movement were presented by each member country, reinforcing the need to connect these fights between organizations…
Australia’s trade union movement has swung behind 55 skilled brewery workers whose jobs were sacrificed in a cost-cutting bid by the nation’s largest beer producer, a subsidiary of global alcohol conglomerate SABMiller. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE COMPANY Unionists have protested loudly outside the Melbourne brewery of Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) for over three months after the company changed contractors employing its maintenance workforce, resulting in them being replaced by non-union labour on inferior wages and conditions.
Why the 2nd September General Strike is Important September 2, 2016 will see one of the largest coordinated labour strikes ever in India, possibly in the world. Trade unions cutting across political affiliations will shut down key sectors of the Indian economy against the pro-corporate anti labour Modi Government. Since India embraced what trade unions call the LPG route to growth (that is liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation) in 1991, the country has seen 16 general strikes. And the 17th all India workers’ strike falls on 2 September. The last general strike, observed on 2 September 2015, saw participation from nearly 150 million workers – that’s half the population…
Banks all over the country, including those of the Co-operative Banks, took strike action on the 29th July Bank Unions (UFBU), the umbrella organisation of 9 Unions of Workmen and Officers of the Banking Industry of the country, the Workmen and Officers of Banks all over the country, including those of the Co-operative Banks, took strike action on the 29th July to ventilate their unequivocal protest and opposition to the neo-liberal reform of the Banking Sector being pursued by the Central Government. It is worth noting that the STRIKE was not to press for any financial demand of the employees.
We call for the release of all trade unionists arrested and all the charges to be dropped. Southern Initiative Global Unions Rights (SIGTUR) joined unionists from Australia, Argentina, Phillipines, South Africia and the local South Korean community this week at Korean consulates and embassies to send a deafening blast in protest at unjust prison sentences and arrests inflicted on innocent trade union officials.
The incident left 2 confirmed dead, 116 wounded (18 of them in critical condition), 89 missing TAKE ACTION: Sign petition On March 30, 2016, around 6000 farmers and Lumads (indigenous people of Mindanao) from all over North Cotabato marched to Kidapawan City and picketed the National Food Authority (NFA). They demanded the release of food aid to alleviate hunger due to massive crop failures caused by El Nino. On the third day of the protest, elements of the Philippine National Police opened fired and violently dispersed an otherwise peaceful assembly. The incident left 2 confirmed dead, 116 wounded (18 of them in critical condition), 89 missing (including six minors), and two, who were arrested…
National rally details below The Timor Sea Justice Campaign 2016 has protests to politically expose PM Turnbull’s hypocrisy on Timor Leste. http://www.timorseajustice.com/TSJC/introduction The Australian government is taking revenue from the Timor Sea that, under international law, belong to Timor-Leste. Two months before Timor Leste's Independence in 2004, then Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer announced Australia's withdrawal from the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. During the negotiations with the newly independent government over the two countries' maritime boundary and the exploitation of oil and gas resources in the Timor Sea, the Australian Secret…
It’s outrageous that a government in a democracy can negotiate an agreement that has such an impact on our country and does so in total secrecy.” Australian SIGTUR unions joined global protests last week against the Trans Pacific Partnership with rallies highlighting how it would let foreign corporations stand over any member nation’s right to enforce its own rule of law. The effort saw unionists and community activitists take to the streets of Melbourne and Perth, targeting French multinational Veolia as an example of a company willing to sue a nation in an international trade tribunal for loss of profits from a government change of laws.
500 Liverpool Dockworkers who were sacked from the Port of Liverpool for honoring the number one principle of the trade union movement in refusing to cross a picket line. Published on 2 Oct 2015 Liverpool Dockers Strike - Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). This September marks the 20th Anniversary of one of the longest and most united industrial disputes ever seen in the history of the labour and trade union movement. It was a dispute that originally involved 500 Liverpool Dockworkers who were sacked from the Port of Liverpool for honouring the number one principle of the trade union movement in refusing to cross a picket line. When the dispute ended in January 1998 more than 80,000 national and international trade unionists and supporters had either pledged…
By Vinnie Molina, On Thursday 17th September Perth activists rallied outside the US Consulate in Perth demanding the lifting of the US blockade and the return of the occupied Guantanamo Bay to Cuba. This snap action was part of the international 3 days of action called by the US groups that included a protest outside the White House, a conference and lobbying of US Congress men and women.
South Korean union group to strike against labor reform
In protest against the compromise between three parties, more than 5,000 KCTU members held a rally at Chunggyechun Square, central Seoul, Saturday Source: The Korean Times The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the nation's second largest umbrella union, said that it will stage a general strike Wednesday to protest the tripartite agreement on labor reform. "The KCTU will protest against the agreement to protect the nation's 20 million workers' rights," said the KCTU which has some 680,000 members. "Based on collusion through the tripartite talks, the ruling Saenuri Party and the government is pushing ahead with the bill only to worsen the current law by allowing easier layoffs, the lowering of wages and more non-regular workers."
14 union supporters, offering their jobs back on the condition that they cancel their union membership Act NOW! Support Mulberry sacked workers SF Leather's union busting tactics in Izmir, Turkey over recent weeks includes sacking 14 union supporters, offering their jobs back on the condition that they cancel their union membership, demanding the local court to impound a union banner and block the union distributing material online of their action, and even filing a claim for damages against the union. The long list of labour rights abuses all break the 'Global Sourcing Principles' of key buyer Mulberry, however UK based Mulberry has chosen to turn a blind eye, while the bags made at the Izmir…
35,000 demonstrators in Jakarta show the enormous force and important voice of the labour movement Source: IndustriALL Around 35,000 workers took to the streets of Jakarta on 1 September to demand a new minimum wage for 2016 and improved labour laws. Indonesia’s main trade union centres, KSPI, KSPSI, and KSBSI are asking that the government increase their efforts to protect the interests of the people. Indonesia is experiencing a period of slower economic growth, with around 26,000 workers having already lost their jobs this year. With a large part of the Indonesian population already living just above the poverty line, unions are demanding that the central government guarantee the availability of jobs, as…
KASBI was formed in 2004 with 3,000 members. Today it has more than 200,000 members By Minh Lam Journalist Working conditions within the borders of Australia’s nearest neighbours were under the microscope when SSTUWA member Wendy Perriam attended an Indonesian trade union conference. Ms Perriam accepted an invitation to attend the fourth congress of the Indonesian Worker’s Unions (KASBI) held near Jakarta. She joined Lian Sinclair from the Community and Public Sector Union. Both women are part of the Unions WA International Committee.
Banking operations all over India came to a grinding halt At the call of BEFI, AIBEA, AIBOA, INBOC, INBEF, NOBW and NOBO, the entire workforce enthusiastically observed ALL INDIA BANK STRIKE today to synchronise with the All India General Strike called on a 12-Point Charter formulated from the National Convention of Central Trade Unions held in New Delhi on 26th May 2015. Employees of Reserve Bank and Nabard; Employees and Officers of Gramin Banks, Co-operative Banks have also joined the Strike.
Nation braces to bear the brunt of the nationwide strike Story By: AMRC Hong Kong As the entire nation braces to bear the brunt of the nationwide 'Bharat Bandh', 2nd September 2015 may witness what the trade unions have called 'the biggest strike in the country ever'. Turning a deaf year to the central government's appeal to call off the strike, ten central trade unions have decided to go ahead with 'Bharat Bandh' on September 2, protesting against the reforms in labour laws proposed by the government, which they have described as anti-worker economic policy.
SIGTUR joins with Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) in express our heartfelt condolences SIGTUR joins with Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) in express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the workers of Kentex Manufacturing Incorporated who died in a factory fire yesterday. We are one with you in mourning the untimely and unjust deaths of our fellow workers. The official death count stopped at 72. Others went missing in the fire along Tatalon Street in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City. We are calling for an immediate and full accounting of the names of the workers who died in the accident. Our hearts are crying out for justice for the workers…
Today we started with 260,000 but our struggle will continue to save the 10 million of precarious workers On April 24, 269,044 members of the KCTU from different workplaces joined the April 24 strike. All the workers who join the overall or partial strikes at their own workplaces held decentralised rallies in 17 cities. Teachers and government employees who are not guaranteed right to strike also joined the rallies getting annual leave collectively. In Seoul, some 15,000 striking workers got together in the Seoul Plaza, near to the City hall and marched through the Jongno Street. “This is just the beginning. Today we started with 260,000 but our struggle will continue to save the 10 million…
Migrant workers in Korea will be united under the banner of trade union Migrant workers, who cannot take day off on Mayday staged an early May-day Rally. Migrants’ Trade Union (MTU) and many other migrants organizations hosted <Migrant Workers Mayday. in Jong-gak, Seoul on April 26. Regardless of nationality, migrant workers in Korea will be united under the banner of trade union. Korean government should stop repression of migrant workers and review their policy on migration.” UdayaRai, President of MTU said.
Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) Abolish the retrogressive ‘labour market reform’! Striking South Korean workers demand the! Abolish the retrogressive ‘labour market reform’! Stop the Public Pension Cuts! Improve National Pension System! KWR10,000 (per hour) for Minimum Wage! Fundamental Labour Rights for All! The national congress of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) resolved to call a general strike against the government’s comprehensive policy package to attack working and living conditions for all workers. I a nation wide ballot carried out on March 21~April 8, 84.35% of all voters were in favor of going on a general strike. On April 24, striking workers will have…
Article by: Prof Andreas Bieler Professor of Political Economy University of Nottingham/UK The second meeting of the Futures Commission was held in Cape Town South Africa from the 25 -27th March 2015. The Futures Commission had initially been set up in a first meeting in Johannesburg/South Africa in June 2013 as the result of an initiative by the Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR). The Futures Commission, consisting of left academics and trade union representatives from SIGTUR affiliates and supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, was entrusted with the task to develop alternatives to neo-liberalism. At its Congress in Perth Australia in December 2013. SIGTUR identified four key…
A vigorous push on education is key to plans by the global union alliance SIGTUR A vigorous push on education is key to plans by the global union alliance SIGTUR to broaden the fight against multinational companies over retrograde measures including the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPPA)(TPPA). The 2013 10th SIGTUR congress in Australia reaffirmed worker education as a focus in raising the awareness of unions and workers across 23 southern hemisphere countries on how they can develop support networks to pressure corporations and governments taking anti-worker actions.
SIGTUR joined forces with the Chris Hani Institute for the second futures commission meeting Democratic trade unionism and progressive civil society movements are severely impacted by the hegemony of free market ideology imposing its cruel logic on a global basis. An aspect of this predicament is the assertion of the architects that there is no alternative to this market rule. An alternative union perspective is the domination of free market thinking and policies is a social and political constructive. Neoliberal intellectuals such as Hayeck and Freidman had to engage in an intense struggle to realize this dominance. The leaders of our movements have to engage in this battle for ideas as…
Africa's last absolute monarchy has intensified its attacks on trade unions and activists. According to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), political parties are banned in Swaziland and the President of the People's United Democratic Movement, Mario Masuku, and the party's youth leader, Maxwell Dlamini, are subjected to arbitrary detention. Swazi human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist Bheki Makhubu received a two year sentence for writing articles critical of the lack of independence in the judiciary. On 19 March 2015, Thulani was moved to solitary confinement after the publication of a prison letter marking the one-year anniversary of his…
The TPP agenda is being driven by big business, big pharmaceuticals and big tobacco Right now government officials from around the world are meeting in Hawai in what could be the last round of negotiations of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. The leaked sections we've seen already have millions of citizens around the world worried, and the vast majority of it is still secret; not just to the public, but even to our own Parliamentarians. How's this for starters: any country who signs up for the TPP, it will give foreign corporations the power to sue the there Government for decisions they claim might impact their future investments in their country of orign.
The union movement warned the Government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott that it was on borrowed time Australia’s trade unions sent a thundering message of dissent against the national conservative Coalition Government’s anti-worker agenda on March 4 when over 100,000 people loudly marched through streets across the nation. The union movement warned the Government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott that it was on borrowed time.
We want to see 16 million agency workers converted to direct employment.
Dec 15, 2014 - Story courtesy of Industriall On 10 December, 1 million members of Indonesian trade union confederations KSPI, KSBSI and KSPSI went on strike demanding wage increases after president Joko Widodo upped fuel prices. In Jakarta 50,000 people marched to the President’s Palace to voice their demands. The day of action follows on demonstrations one week earlier, where unions reacted to the new minimum wage for 2015. Minimum wage in Indonesia is set according to the province of the country. On 10 December three of Indonesia’s trade union confederations KSPI, KSBSI, KSPSI organized a national…
“We are people, not cogs in an economic wheel.”
Worshipping broad economic growth as the measure of progress has masked the growing inequality and narrowing access to skilled jobs that is quietly dragging Australia down, according to a leading unionist. Meredith Hammat UnionsWA secretary believes that behind the picture of an affluent nation that Australia presents to the world is an undercurrent of narrowing opportunity for younger people, particularly women, from middle and lower income families.
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) Radio National Breakfast broadcast an interview with KMU Chairperson Elmer Labog yesterday. The interview was recorded last week prior to Elmer’s return to Manila. The interview is 8 minutes long, starting with the situation for typhoon survivors in Tacloban City, and then examining the situation for workers and trade unions in the Philippines.
During the festive season, many people consider donating to those in need.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR DONATION During the festive season, many people consider donating to those in need. Please consider helping to rebuild the lives of Gaza's people. A six-year-old child in Gaza has already lived through three wars. And the 50-day assault by the Israeli military in July and August this year is being described by those living in Gaza as the most severe ever. Over 2,200 people were killed - 2,131 Palestinians including 501 children; 66 Israeli soldiers; 5 Israeli civilians and a Thai migrant worker. The UN reports that a further 11,231 Palestinians were injured including…
At the time of publication, the death toll stands at 5444 out of a reported 15319 cases, but many more have gone undetected.
Solidarity Appeal for Ebola Affected Communities in West Africa Since the World Health Organisation (WHO) first brought the world’s attention to the latest and most deadly outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in March 2014, the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have all been devastated by the disease. At the time of publication, the death toll stands at 5444 out of a reported 15319 cases, but many more have gone undetected. The scale of this on-going tragedy was avoidable. The response of the international community could have been more swift and decisive.…
Stop trade union repression! Justice for the all victims of trade union repression! Fight for the right to organize!
Are workers in your country free to organize unions? Stop trade union repression ! Justice for the all victims of trade union repression ! Fight for the right to organize !
The community and Unions rallied in Sydney against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement
The community and Unions rallied in Sydney in front of the Sheraton Hotel last Saturday October 24th against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. It was a colourful and vibrant rally that focussed on the latest gathering of free trade ministers from the countries trying to strike a free trade agreement for the advantage of major transnational corporations.
November 16, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre
November 16 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre. November 16 is now a global day of protest against trade union repression. The main Philippines trade unions involved with Hacienda Luisita are the KMU (May First Movement) Labor Center, the Union of Agricultural Workers (UMA), and their local affiliates, the sugar mill workers union (CATLU), the United Luisita Workers Union (ULWU) and the Alliance of Farm Workers of Hacienda Luisita (AMBALA). www.kilusangmayouno.org Here is the story of their struggle. Hacienda Luisita has 6,453 hectares in Tarlac Province, and its farmworkers have been entitled to…
Ansell has refused to reinstate those sacked or recognise their union
The AMWU joined other unions to rally last week outside the annual general meeting of Australian multinational Ansell to highlight its persecution of workers in Sri Lanka. Unions shamed the maker of plastic surgical gloves and condoms on its home turf for sacking nearly 300 lowly-paid workers at its Sri Lankan factory for going on strike.
Maritime Union of Australia embarks on a global community, environmental and political campaign
One of the worlds largest oil companies Chervron is hostile and litigious towards Unions, communities and envioremental groups. The MUA has embarked on a global community, shareholders and political campaign. At a International Transport Workers Federation forum in Perth Australia was hosted by the Maritime Union of Australia (WA Branch) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation.
Andrew Vickers highlights Rio Tintos current actions across the globe - particularly Mongolia, Mozambique, Madagascar
Rio Tinto is a bad corporate citizen. The CFMEU's Andrew Vickers highlights their current actions across the globe - particularly Mongolia, Mozambique, Madagascar as well as Australia - where their record of social, human, environmental and labour rights abuses continues.
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ANZ workers on strike tomorrow across New Zealand Thursday, October 9, 2014 FIRST Union members from several ANZ locations across the country will be on strike tomorrow, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life. Following member meetings where 96% rejected the banks latest offer, ANZ workers in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Oamaru and Dunedin will be on strike and attending attend pickets, rallies and marches, and workers in many other places will walk off the job tomorrow.
NXPSCIWU-NAFLU-KMU We are glad to inform the public, especially our supporters, that last September 26, we workers of NXP-Philippines signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the management of NXP-Philippines, effective for the years 2014-2016. The signing of the CBA marks the end of our recent struggle to secure improvements in our working conditions by securing improvements in the CBA, which was met by the management with the illegal dismissal of 24, or almost all, of our union leaders last May 5, 2014.
MUA, the CFMEU and supported by the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (ACFS) Aili Labañino, the daughter of Ramon Labañino one of the Cuban Five
By Vinnie Molina, At the invitation of the MUA, the CFMEU and supported by the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (ACFS) Aili Labañino, the daughter of Ramon Labañino one of the Cuban Five serving time in a US prison since 1998 shared the pain inflicted on the Cuban Five and their families with our members and the community in general.
Liliany Obando took the radical decision to go on a hunger strike
By Vinnie Molina, On Wednesday 13th August 2014 Liliany Obando took the radical decision to go on a hunger strike. This was in protest of yet another injustice in this 6-year ordeal that started with her initial illegal and unfair arrest on 8th August 2008. At that time Liliany was held without charge for 43 months at the notorious “El Buen Pastor women’s prison” in Bogota.
NXP Semiconductors, one of the world’s top electronics firm and a supplier of Samsung and Apple, is a violator of workers' rights. Its plant in the Philippines illegally dismissed 24 union officials amidst negotiations for a Collective Bargaining Agreement in an effort to weaken workers’ fight for a significant wage hike and the regularization of contractuals.
SIGN ONLINE PETITION The 6th of August marks the third month of the illegal dismissal of 24 union leaders by the NXP Semiconductors Cabuyao Incorporated last May 5 with a caravan to the Light Industry and Science Park 1 and a march to the company’s plant. It has been three months since the 24 leaders of the NXPSCI Workers Union were illegally dismissed as part of the management’s rejection of the workers’ demand for a significant wage hike and the regularization of contractuals.
The AEU condemns the firing of missiles, rockets and bombs by any party against civilian populations.
The conflict in Gaza is now in its fourth week. It has so far claimed the lives of more than 1700 Palestinians of whom 377 are children and 66 Israelis two of whom are civilians. Approximately one-third of the more than 6,200 Palestinians injured are children. More than 215,000 people in the Gaza Strip cannot return to their homes because of the danger of military attacks. 141 schools have been damaged. The AEU condemns the firing of missiles, rockets and bombs by any party against civilian populations. However, recent indiscriminate attacks on Gaza by the Israeli defence forces have…
The International Network in Solidarity with Colombia's Political Prisoners condemns in the strongest terms the taking back into captivity of renowned human rights defender Liliany Obando. Liliany's case and that of several other high profile critics of the Colombian government's human rights record became notorious throughout the world when it was shown that the charges against these respected activists were trumped up and politically motivated. Liliany served nearly four years in the Buen Pastor Women’s Prison in Bogotá from 8th August 2008 before being released into provisional liberty on 1st March 2012. She was then placed under house…
Five city blocks were jammed with more than 20,000 unionists
NO IFS, NO BUTS – WE’LL BUST THE BUDGET CUTS A mass of ACTU affiliates joined tens of thousands of unionists and community on the streets of Melbourne yesterday as community outrage against the Abbott Budget just keeps snowballling. Determined workers travelled hunderds of kilometres from across the state of Victoria to join the “Bust the Budget” rally, Australia’s largest trade union march so far against the Abbott Budget.
Caltex workers wIn a $20 wage increase across the board.
Union Statement The strike was mostly a snap decision. The union had complied with most of the legal procedures but had not taken the case to Arbitration - a requirement for a legal strike in Cambodia. So we were expecting an injunction from the court at any time - but this didn't happen (possibly because of the week-long national holiday).
SIGN ONLINE PETITION At a picket in front of the Labor Department’s main office in Intramuros, Manila this morning, leaders of the workers’ union in NXP Semiconductors Cabuyao Incorporated had their heads shaved to protest their illegal dismissal. The 24 leaders of the NXPSCI Workers’ Union claimed that the company has no right to dismiss them from work since their members cannot be accused of launching illegal strikes on April 9, 17 and 18 and on Labor Day since these dates are regular holidays according to the Labor Department.
Caltex/Chevron workers walked off the job at seventeen Caltex gas stations in the Phnom Penh
On the 12th May 2014 at 7:00am this morning Caltex/Chevron workers walked off the job at seventeen Caltex gas stations in the Phnom Penh. This represents 95% of the company’s stations in the country's capital, which service the city’s population of approximately two million people. These workers, represented by CLC affiliate, the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF), are demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $160 per month – a wage that will satisfy basic needs. Workers and their representatives say that the strike will continue until their demand for $160 per month is…
Sign Reinstate 2600 Hoya Workers Thousands of electronics workers lost their jobs due to the sudden closure of Hoya Glass Disk Philippines in the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Sto. Tomas, Batangas last April 30, 2014, a day before Labor Day. Workers stormed the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) regional office to file cases of illegal closure and union busting against the company. Led by the Kalipunan at Saligan ng Manggagawa sa Hoya Glass Disk Philippines – Independent (KASAMA sa HOGP-Ind), the workers filed a Notice of Strike as concrete action to denounce the closure.
Liliany Obando, an activist, trade unionist and defender of human rights; especially political prisoners in Colombia.
Many in the Trade Union Movement in Australia and around the world watch with great concern the case of Liliany Obando, an activist, trade unionist and defender of human rights; especially political prisoners in Colombia. Like many around the world, we are very concerned about the conviction of Liliany by the Colombian court process largely on evidence that has been found to be corrupt. A serious miscarriage of justice seems to have occurred, that not only effects Liliany but also many other political prisoners who face the same fate.
24 union officials of NXP Semiconductors company in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines were illegally dismissed
Join the LabourStart campaign and write to NXP management and Philippine government. Last May 5, 24 union officials of NXP Semiconductors company in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines were illegally dismissed, without any due process, amidst an ongoing negotiation for a new collective bargaining agreement.
"After one year under Park's Government, we cannot stand it anymore!"
LaboutStart Online Campaign Next Tuesday marks the end of the first year in office for South Korea's President Park, Geun-hye. On that day, South Korea's trade union confederation (the KCTU) will be holding a nationwide "people's strike" together with broader social movements including organisations of peasants, the urban poor, small shop keepers, students, and youth. They'll be marching under the slogan "After one year under Park's Government, we cannot stand it anymore!" Human and trade union rights have been attacked and democracy in the country has been undermined since Park came to power. Organising strikes…
There will be serious court case against Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Union
The court hearing on the 23 arrested workers and activists will be held on 11th of Feb, 2014. Charges against them are intentional violence with aggravating circumstances. There will be serious court case against Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) Over 170 company filed cases against C.CAWDU regarding property damage, compromising public security, inciting people to engage in criminal activity, etc during the crackdown on 2-3 January 2014. (Sample protest letter) If your organisations is able to protest at Cambodian Embassy in your country on 10 February. We demand: 1. Release the 23 workers…
Padyatra foot journey, which had started on 15 January 2014 from Kaithal district in Haryana, under the banner of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union
On 31st January 2014, Maruti Suzuki Workers, their family members, students and social activists organised a huge demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. This demonstration was an end of Padyatra (foot journey), which had started on 15 January 2014 from Kaithal district in Haryana, under the banner of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union. The demonstration at Jantar-Mantar was well attended by over 2000 participants, who demanded the following actions.
KRWU leadership will go to police for questioning today
KRWU leadership will go to police for questioning today. At a press conference on the 14th January the KCTU, KPTU and KRWU stress the legitimacy of strike and need for dialogue on rail policy and the need to continue the struggle. Not even and hour after the press conference plans for KRWU president to turn himself into the police was cancelled due to the police's violent attempt to obstruct the rally in front of the KCTU office at the time of the press conference in an attempt to arrest the General sectetary of the KRWU. KRWU first vice president…
Cambodian government sent military police to attack a demonstration of striking garment workers
SIGN THE LABOURSTART ONLINE PETITION On January 3, 2014, the Cambodian government sent military police to attack a demonstration of striking garment workers. The police opened fire with AK-47 rifles killing five workers and injuring dozens more. The government has since banned all demonstrations and used military force to clear the streets. At least 39 workers have been detained and are held in unknown locations. Faced with this brutal repression, the unions have called off the strike and workers are returning to work, although they are continuing to press their demands for an increased minimum wage.
Australian unions have rallied in Melbourne and Sydney to increase the worldwide pressure on the South Korean Government
Australian unions have rallied in Melbourne and Sydney to increase the worldwide pressure on the South Korean Government to cease its brutal attacks on the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and the railway workers and respect the human rights of all unionists. Major Australian unions pledged solidarity and support for the KCTU and KRWU, whose 23-day strike against privatization resulted in 4600 riot police backing 900 SWAT Squad enforcers in a violent invasion of the headquarters of the peak Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.
KRWU go back to work and continue their struggle at workplace
As of December 31 11am, the members of KRWU go back to work and continue their struggle at workplace. Under the slogan “Step Down, Park! Stop Privatisation!, Abolish Union Repression!,” KCTU will stage its 2nd general strike on January 9th and the 3rd on January 16th, and will mobilize a nation wide simultaneous rallies on January 4th and People’s Day of Action on January 16th.
Police raided the headquarters of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions KCTU in an attempt to arrest KRWU leaders
Onthe December 22,an Illegal raid on KCTU office to Arrest Railway Union Leaders. Yesterday, the 14th day of a strike against rail privatization by the Korean Railway Workers’ Union (KRWU), police raided the headquarters of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) in an attempt to arrest KRWU leaders thought to be hiding there. Arrest warrants have been issued for 28 KRWU officers, including the KRWU president and central leadership.
6 Union leaders of the KRWU hide out in KCTU building 4,600 riot police including 900 SWAT were deployed
On the 22nd December, at 09:00, the police invaded on the office of the KCTU, regarding that 6 of wanted leaders of the railways strike are hiding here.4,600 riot police including 900 SWAT were deployed for it. 800 supporters who were defending the office inside or outside of it. SIGN ONLINE PETITION The police broke the glass doors in the front side of the building to enter and sprayed pepper spray to the supporters who were staying on the ground floor when the police moved them out.
The 10th SIGTUR Congress in the city of Perth Australia built on the achievements of the previous conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2010
DEDICATED trade unionists from nations of the global south advanced the SIGTUR agenda of enhancing working class networks to fight against unjust corporate power across the globe when they met in Australia December. Congress Declaration The 10th SIGTUR Congress in the city of Perth built on the achievements of the previous conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2010 by agreeing on plans to build networks and closer, practical co-operation across Transnational corporation, education, transport and the government public service sector.
KORAIL fired another 807 union members who took part in the strike
By Song In-geol, Daejeon correspondent KORAIL took strong measures against railroad workers as their strike reached its third day on Dec. 11, defining the strike as illegal.Meanwhile, the union continued calling for a halt to railway privatization, issuing five demands to block it.On Dec. 11, KORAIL fired another 807 union members who took part in the strike, bringing the total of workers who lost their jobs over it to 6,748 - nearly all the 6,949 participants estimated by the corporation. With 498 workers having been reinstated, this essentially means all of the union members in the strike have been…
International observers endorse Korail workers’ steps to prevent rail privatization in South Korea
By Lee Jung-gook, staff reporter “If this were Norway, the strike the Korean Railway Workers’ Union (KRWU) is staging right now would be legal. It’s fair to apply international standards to a strike that is the result of government policies with an impact on working conditions and workers’ lives.”This was the argument from Oystein Aslaksen, chairman of the railroad subcommittee for the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), speaking at a press conference on Dec. 12 at the offices of the Korean Confederation Trade Unions in central Seoul.“If you look at past examples from Europe.
The rally was jointly organized by all Central Trade Unions and a large number of independent federations
Over half a million workers marched to the Indian Parliament on December 12, 2013 demanding reversal of the neo-liberal policies that are devastating the lives of the poor and the working people. The workers took out processions from different parts of the national capital, New Delhi to converge on the Parliament Street where they were stopped by the armed police.
Workers led by KMU picket in front of Camp Aguinaldo to demand the surfacing of Ka Ben.
Camp Aguinaldo is the main military camp in the Philippines. Sign the petition One month after Benjamen Villeno, a leader of the Kilusang Mayo Uno in Southern Tagalog, sent his last text message to comrades saying he is being trailed by military men, KMU picketed Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to demand that Villeno, now declared disappeared, be surfaced. Villeno, 43, was on his way home to Dasmariñas City in Cavite last Aug. 27 when he sent the text message to his comrades in the Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan (Pamantik), KMU’s regional chapter in Southern…
Benjamen Villeno, trade union leader, was abducted by suspected military forces
Sign the petition Benjamen Villeno, trade union leader and organizer in the Southern Tagalog region, was abducted by suspected military forces due to his commitment in organizing unions and exposing the current administration's blatant violation of workers' rights, as well as involvement in the exposition and condemnation of systemic government corruption in the Philippines.
Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity has brought together communities affected by corporate violations, social movements, civil society organizations
Historic call from Ecuador and numerous Nation States for the United Nations to implement binding regulations on Transnational Corporations Over 100 social movements and civil society organizations representing hundreds of thousands workers, peasants, community and indigenous peoples have welcomed the historic call by nine countries together with the African and Arab Groups for binding obligations on Transnational corporations. The historic petition led by the Ecuadorian government at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, September 13th, marks a departure from reliance on voluntary mechanisms that have marked the corporate social responsibility debate and which have facilitated systematic…
Electronics multinational NXP will reportedly supply the microchip technology in the new iPhone 6. IndustriALL Global Union has called on Apple to intervene and ensure a fair settlement in NXP’s Philippine operations, including a return to work for 24 sacked trade unionists. Trade unions in a number of countries marked an international day of action on 2 July calling for reinstatement of the NXP 24. First Union in New Zealand kicked off the day and was followed by actions particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The NXP workers being vindictively attacked by their local management are members of the Philippine…
CUT Brazil National Board Resolutions of June 26 and 27, 2013.
CUT Brazil National Board Resolutions of June 26 and 27, 2013. 1) The National Board, held in São Paulo on 26 and 27 June 2013, calls on working people and their organizations to mobilize around the Working Class Agenda, at this particular moment experienced by the Brazilian nation. Mobilizations of millions across the country who had the support and participation of CUT, placed in the center of the situation the claim for tariffs reduction and public transport quality, health and public education quality, expressing discontent with the way institutional policies have been running, and has had concrete results,…
Instead of promoting peace, UN troops commit systematic violations of basic human rights
While delegations were present around the world, including: Suzawwe Rossnsa, Labateha Salim (Algeria); Jacques Paris (France); Neili Hester (USA), Juliana Cardoso, Julio Turra (CUT Brasil), Barbara Corrales and Katia Silva (Brazil), Louis (Mexico) and Jean Marc Vilier. On Saturday, June 1st, was held in Port au Prince, Haiti, the continental day for the withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops in that country, in which the CTA Argentina and CUT Brasil took part. On behalf of CTA were present Pablo Micheli, Secretary General, and Fernando "Nando" Acosta, Secretary of Interior.
Only now we are closing the last slave house and throwing away the key
The President of the National Congress, Senator Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL), promulgated yesterday (April 2) the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC, in portuguese) which expands the labor rights of domestic workers, known as the Domestic PEC. In a ceremony which was also attended by six ministers, Renan compared the enactment of the PEC with the signing of the Slavery Abolition Law. "Today, 125 years after the end of slavery, only now we are closing the last slave house and throwing away the key," said the president of Congress.
The International Union of Foodworkers has announced that Basile Mahan Gahé, general secretary of the national trade union center Dignité in the Ivory Coast, was finally freed from prison and has resumed his union duties. According to the IUF, "Basile warmly thanked all those in the international labour movement who fought for his release.
Warrants of arrest have been issued for three of Kilusang Mayo Uno’s National Council members
SEND A MESSAGE OF PROTEST Warrants of arrest have been issued for three of Kilusang Mayo Uno’s National Council members and one of its regional leaders. Roy Velez (KMU-National Capital Region chairperson), Amelita Gamara (KMU-NCR deputy secretary-general) and Ronald Ian Evidente (KMU-Negros spokesperson) have all been charged of fabricated crimes in connection with the activities of the rebel group New People’s Army.
Philippine Airlines passengers flying out of San Francisco, Melbourne and Toronto were leafleted.
Global Day of Action for PALEA was a success. Philippine Airlines passengers flying out of San Francisco, Melbourne and Toronto were leafleted. In Hong Kong a PAL ticketing office was leafleted. In Manila, PALEA marched at the entrance to the airport. In Honolulu, the leafleting was done earlier on Dec 8. The actions varied in terms of scale. In Toronto, the picketers with banners aloft practically occupied the terminal, and outnumbered the passengers and check-in agents. And the leafleters had spirited discussions with airport based workers during the action.
Toyota massively and illegally dismissed the 233 members in 2001
It's now Eleven years (11) since Toyota massively and illegally dismissed the 233 members in 2001 and another illegal dismissal to the four members of the Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA) in 2010 to bust the union. Members, families and supporters are still enduring this struggle together in solidarity with supporters inside and outside the country. Because of this undying struggle of the illegally dismissed workers, Toyota were forced to use a desperate means to continue its union busting by utilizing the pending fabricated criminal cases filed against the leaders and members of our union to give…
PALEA workers enter their 14th month of protest over outsourcing of jobs
PALEA workers enter their 14th month of protest over outsourcing of jobs. The Union is committed to continue the struggle and will remain on the picket line and will continue to fight until justice is serve. The negotiation with managerment are occuring at turtle pace with a carrot and stick formula being implemented by management to break the workers. The worker know this is part of the Airlines negotiation strategy and are will remain standing until justice is serve to PALEA.
Argentina- The National Strike called by CTA and CGT was a historic success
General Labour Confederation (CGT) carried out a national strike in Argentina
Last Tuesday November 20th, the Argentine Workers' Central (CTA) together with the General Labour Confederation (CGT) carried out a national strike in Argentina with a set of demands for the administration of Cristina Kirchner. The strike was the first of its kind in the last decade, and it signified the first large expression of the strategy of 'unity in action' agreed upon by the labour movement to confront with the government's policies.
The Indian government is now using these latest events to criminalise workers and their leaders
The events of 18 July 2012 in the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki which ended with the murder of a manager were not sudden. The recent conflicts are rooted in the ongoing attempt by the employers to defeat the workers organising attempts. The Indian government is now using these latest events to criminalise workers and their leaders. For more information and solidarity, click here. Regular updates on the struggle: Facebook
The fight for the reinstatement of the 24 illegally-dismissed NXP union officers, for the immediate resumption of their CBA negotiations and for an end to union-busting is escalating. And the support for their fight continues to gain momentum. Protest caravan and March-rally against Union-busting On 16 June, a protest caravan and march-rally from Manila to Laguna was held. At least 20 vehicles and some 50 motorcycles joined the caravan that started from Intramuros, Manila and ended at the NXP plant in Cabuyao, Laguna.
Australian activists have united with Melbourne’s Filipino community
TAKE ACTION Australian activists have united with Melbourne’s Filipino community as part of a global day of solidarity called by the KMU for 24 union delegates in the Philippines sacked for legitimately representing workers at multinational NXP. SIGTUR metals and maritime unionists loudly demonstrated outside the NXP Australian offices in the suburb of Caulfield, spreading protest over the illegal dismissal of rank-and-file delegates in the Philippines’ NXP electronic parts plant and intimidation of 1500 unionists.
Swaziland Arrest of Trade Unions And Civic Socity Leaders
security forces assaulted, insulted, shoved and pushed into Police vans
On the 6th September, 2010, a contingent of around 400 armed Police and army officers swooped and arrested leaders of Trade Unions and Civil society organizations during a preparatory meeting for a mass protest action set for the 7th and 8th September, 2010. The security forces assaulted, insulted, shoved and pushed into Police vans the about 40 leaders and activists gathered at the Tum’s George Hotel. Amongst those arrested and detained at the Manzini Police Regional Headquarters included the following:
Western Australian Government Kimberley Compulsory Land Acquisition
Support Australia's Indigenous People Stop The Compulsory Acquisition of Their Land
Western Australia's Dampier Peninsula is one of the most ecologically fragile, and culturally significant areas of Australia. Yet despite local Indigenous groups having strong cultural ties to the area, WA Premier Colin Barnett announced this week his intention to compulsorily acquire the land at James Price Point in order to build a multibillion dollar gas processing plant. By doing this, Barnett is bypassing vital processes of negotiation and consultation with Traditional Owners. "Join SIGTUR and Australia" in sending a message to Colin Barnett that this is an unacceptable violation of Indigenous rights? Indigenous Australians have the right to make their…
1.3 Million Public Servants Entered a Tenth Day of Striking
About 1.3 million public servants, both from Cosatu and the Independent Labour Caucus, entered a tenth day of striking on Friday to push for an 8.6% salary increase and R1 000 monthly housing allowance. SEND MESSAGE SOLIDARITY Later on Friday, Cosatu provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said Cosatu affiliates intended embarking on a strike in solidarity with public servants on Thursday and bringing Gauteng's economy "to a standstill".He said striking unions would target the department of finance, the SA Reserve Bank, the department of housing, Business Unity SA and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.During a briefing in Johannesburg, Cosatu said it was…
International Support Assists In a Victory In Ready Mix Indonesian Dispute
Unity among workers who are members of SBJR
Unity among workers who are members of SBJR and fantastic support from comrades-in-arms Internationally has resulted in the collective agreement between the Worker and the company, namely: 1.The implementation of LKS Bipartite as soon as possible2.The transparence of paycheck3.Overtime wage given according to rules and regulation4.Wage increase from Rp 1.150.000,- to Rp 1.185.000,- monthly 5.There will be no unilateral mutation, especially for workers who are active in trade union6.Table money and housing allowances has not been given, but the allowance money that initially amount of Rp 108.000,- then rise to Rp 200.000,- now changed to Rp 308.000,- per month The…
Indonesian workers fight Australian Company
INDONESIAN WORKERS FIGHT AUSTRALIAN COMPANY READYMIX
Workers at PT Jaya Readymix, a subsidiary of Australian company Boral, located in the greater region of Jakarta, have taken industrial action following the company's refusal to implement labor rights in accordance with the prevailing laws and regulations. In particular, workers are unhappy that the minimum wage is not being paid, allowances are not added, and overtime pay is not being calculated accurately.
Labour Leader Killed In Philippines
Labour Leader Killed
Edward Panganiban, a labor leader in the Southern Tagalog region. He was trying to catch a ride to work when he was gunned down by motorcycle-riding men at 5:20 pm, in Barangay Caingin, Sta. Rosa, Laguna last June 3. He died on the spot, sustaining 12 gunshot wounds. Panganiban, 27, is the secretary of the independent Samahan ng mga Manggagawasa Takata Philippines (Salamat-Independent). For five years now, he has been anemployee of Japanese-owned Takata Philippines Corporation, which manufacturesairbags and car seatbelts and is located at the Laguna Technology ParkIncorporated.
Swazi Democracy Campaign
tragic killing of the Swaziland trade unionist
The New Labour Internationalism (NLI) is about imagining and then actioning new forms of deep solidarity. In the tragic killing of the Swaziland trade unionist, Sipho Jele, we test solidarity. Let every workplace of every union in SIGTUR stop for a moment to remember Sipho's commitment and the brutality of a regime that tries to kill the spirit of democracy and labour rights in dark violent prison cells. We are united in our grieving, our anger, and our commitment to continue the struggle that Sipho's life represents across the global south. The Swaziland Democracy Campaign-led Picket at the Swaziland Consulate…
On the 18th – 23rd April 2010 union activists from twenty five countries across four continents in the global South, representing democratic unions from the following countries – Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, South Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, Guinea, Kenya, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Zambia, Angola, Eritrea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Philippines, South Korea and Australia gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the 18-23 April 2010. In the global south workers in many countries are under attack as we meet both industrially and through civil war. SIGTUR and the meeting recognised their predicament and extended solidarity.…
9th Congress Declaration & Resolutions Sao Paulo Brazil 2010
SIGTUR Declaration & Resolutions
SIGTUR Declaration & Resolutions 9th Congress, Sao Paulo, Brazil 18-23 April 2010 Global economic justice for workers in the global South Countries across four continents in the Global South, representing democratic unions from the following countries – Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea, Kenya, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Tunisia, Zambia, Angola, Eritrea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Philippines, South Korea and Australia gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the 19-23 April 2010. In the Global South workers in many places are under attack as we meet today. We recognize their predicament and extend…
Worker repression in Korea
KCTU (Korean centre of Trade Unions) President Arrested!
KCTU (Korean centre of Trade Unions) President Arrested! Bro. Lee Suk-haeng, President KCTU was arrested at 10:40 pm, December 5th by Korean police. He was arrested for organizing an "illegal" general strike on July 2nd, 2008 and solidarity struggles to support the E-land Retail Precarious workers strike in 2007. The July 2nd general strike was conducted to call for protection of people's right to health and safety. The stoppage also sought renegotiation of the April 18 Protocol on US beef imports to Korea to reflect food safety concerns.
Worker repression in Korea
Bro. Lee Suk-haeng, President KCTU arrested
Bro. Lee Suk-haeng, President KCTU was arrested at 10:40 pm, December 5th by Korean police. He was arrested for organizing an "illegal" general strike on July 2nd, 2008 and solidarity struggles to support the E-land Retail Precarious workers strike in 2007. The July 2nd general strike was conducted to call for protection of people's right to health and safety. The stoppage also sought renegotiation of the April 18 Protocol on US beef imports to Korea to reflect food safety concerns. For several months now the E-land Retail precarious workers union has been on strike in protest against the termination of…
Korean Workers fear spread of neo-liberalism
Lee Myung-bak will take office today as president
Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) Monthly Newsletter The First Edition, 2008 [KCTU Statement] For the Lee Myung-bak government, the realization of democratic values is the key, not a ‘global Korea' of savage market competitionFeb 25th, 2008 Lee Myung-bak will take office today as president. The key themes of his government have already been outlined: advancement, practicalism, a global Korea, revitalizing the economy, change/autonomy/creativity, etc.
ACTU condemns military attacks on civilians
ACTU President Sharan Burrow is calling on the Australian government
Australian union leaders are deeply concerned about the ongoing siege of Gaza and the recent military operations in Gaza and in nearby areas of Israel. Rockets from Gaza have killed and injured Israeli civilians, and since Israel launched its Hot Winter Operation on Wednesday last week, 112 Palestinians have lost their lives, many of them civilians including a large number of children and women. ACTU President Sharan Burrow is calling on the Australian government to take the urgent steps required to help parties to avoid further bloodshed and to request commitment from the Israeli Government to adhere to international laws…