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Americas: Continental Campaign for MINUSTAH withdrawal from Haiti

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.

Domestic Workers Law promulgated in Brazil

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.

Victory Jailed union leaders freed

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.

KMU slams ‘trumped-up charges’ vs. 3 leaders

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.

PALEA Global Action

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.

Support Phillippine Toyota Workers Campaign

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 14th Month Of Protest

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.

Solidarity needed to defend Maruti Suzuki workers

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  

Support for illegally-dismissed NXP workers continue to gain momentum, Various organizations hold protest-caravan against union-busting

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 PROTEST AT NXP ABUSE OF FILIPINO UNIONISTS

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…

SIGTUR - 9th Congress Sao Paulo Brazil 2010

SIGTUR Sets Agenda For Next 2 Years
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…

9th SIGTUR Congress - Brazil

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…

SIGTUR 8th Congress 2008 - History

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…

8th International Womens Day appeal for Peace

we want peace, we want democracy, we want equality.
The Working Women's Organisation of the All Pakistan Trade Union Federation, contributed the following:We call upon women in India, in Pakistan, in Bangladesh, in Sri Lanka, in Nepal, irrespective of their creed, of their language, of their geographical location to unite, to say together: we want peace, we want democracy, we want equality. We can be at the vanguard of the struggle of the people of our sub-continent so that instead of wars, conflicts, we build together a friendly and peaceful alliance of all the oppressed and exploited who share the same interests.We, women, will continue to fight in defence…

SIGTUR Remembers

20th February 2008 was the first anniversary of the death of former CITU General Secretary and member of the Indian Parliament, Comrade Chittabrata Majumdar.
20th February 2008 was the first anniversary of the death of former CITU General Secretary and member of the Indian Parliament, Comrade Chittabrata Majumdar. Caught in the midst of intense preparations for the 8th Congress of SIGTUR soon to be held in Kerala, India, SIGTUR co-ordinator Rob Lambert provided his personal reflection on a person of great stature in International working class struggle, a friend and comrade. "Together with Comrade Pandhe and other keyleaders in CITU, Chittabrata was deeply committed to SIGTUR and its conception of a new labour internationalism, which seeks to re-empower labor movements confronted with the consolidated…

Pakistan union response to assassination

The people of Pakistan want peace, want to live without violence, without war.
All Pakistan Trade Union Federations' Emergency statement The people of Pakistan want peace. Yesterday December 27, 2007, our people were dumbfounded. Violence and death have stricken once again our country. The people of Pakistan want peace, want to live without violence, without war. Yesterday, violence struck again. The murder of Benazir Bhutto (just as the upcoming election campaign was starting) is a blow against democracy, against peace, against national sovereignty. This violence does not come from the Pakistani people.

Australian Neo-Liberal Government Crushed in Australian election

SIGTUR celebrates the wonderful news that the neo-liberal Howard Government has been swept from office in the weekend election in Australia.
SIGTUR celebrates the wonderful news that the neo-liberal Howard Government has been swept from office in the weekend election in Australia. This Government was responsible for the introduction of some of the most anti-worker laws in the Western World. Ironically they called the removal of almost all union rights and most workers rights - WORK CHOICES! The Howard Government then spent millions of dollars advertising how wonderful work choices was for Australian workers, telling people they had never had it so good. SIGTUR has been campaigning Internationally to put pressure on the Howard Government to remove these anti-worker laws -a…

Democratic rights in Korea under threat - protest repressive arrests

Since its formation in March 2006, the Korean Alliance has organized peaceful and legal demonstrations against what we think is a seriously unjust agreement
KCTU/Lee Changgeun - inter@kctu.org On Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 6:40 PM, two officers of the Korean Alliance against the Korea-U.S. FTA, Mr. Seok-woon PARK (Executive Committee Chair) and Mr. Je-jun JU (General Secretary), were arrested. Wanted by the police since December 2006, they were visiting regional organizations to strengthen the anti-FTA movement when their arrests were made. Mr. Park and Mr. Ju are currently detained and being questioned at a police station in Seoul; in a few days, they will be relocated to another jail where they will await trial.

Democratic rights in Korea under threat - protest repressive arrests

Wanted by the police since December 2006
On Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 6:40 PM, two officers of the Korean Alliance against the Korea-U.S. FTA, Mr. Seok-woon PARK (Executive Committee Chair) and Mr. Je-jun JU (General Secretary), were arrested. Wanted by the police since December 2006, they were visiting regional organizations to strengthen the anti-FTA movement when their arrests were made. Mr. Park and Mr. Ju are currently detained and being questioned at a police station in Seoul; in a few days, they will be relocated to another jail where they will await trial.
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