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The TUC is calling on the Bahraini Government to drop the sentences handed out to the leaders of the Bahrain Teachers' Association, and to end its persecution of thousands of Bahraini workers. Read TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber's letter to Bahrain's Ambassador to the UK calling for their release.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written to Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne calling on the UK Government to support an ILO Commission of Inquiry into violations of Freedom of Association in Burma during the upcoming Governing Body meeting in November.
The military regime in Fiji has intensified attacks on workers and their trade unions with the publication of the Essential National Industries and Designated Corporations Regulations on Friday 9 September 2011.
Read more about the regulations here
21 participants from 6 companies based in Dar-es-Salaam employing people with disabilities attended a two-day training course in June this year under the Employment Support Programme for Workers with Disabilities in Tanzania Project launched by the Disability Aid Abroad (DAA) in 2010.
Read the full report here
Sustainable strategies are often easy to develop but a lot harder to implement. Two new developments have recently come out of the TUC's DFID project with the Sierra Leone Labour Congress that formally ended in 2010.
The first is the signing of a 'recognition agreement' (a right to bargain) by the Sierra Leone government with a newly constituted union of civil servants. This is a major achievement as civil servants have not been effectively represented before and the new union comes from an intensive organising campaign.
It is particularly important that unionisation spreads across all sections of the workforce as Sierra Leone's outdated labour laws currently prevent union membership for those workers considered to be supervisors or managers. The campaign to change the laws has been supported by Thompson's solicitors and the TUC in the UK and the government has agreed to a review.
Secondly, in a 'first' for Sierra Leone's trade unionists, they are to become University students. As a result of an initial capacity building project, trade union leaders expressed a demand for English language training. English is the country's official language and is used by employers, government bodies and NGOs, so proficiency is important in building leadership and influencing policy and bargaining outcomes.
The British Council funded a pilot project and on Friday 21st October interested trade unionists were interviewed and selected as the first set of students studying for a Certificate in English for Trade Unionists at Fourah Bay College in Freetown. They believe their course could be a model for other African trade unionists and open the door for further training owned and run in national educational institutions.
John Stirling was the consultant on the TUC-SLLC project 2007-2020.
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More than a quarter of countries represented at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth this week have failed to allow basic industrial rights for workers, the ACTU said today.
The ITUC General Council, meeting at Elewijt near Brussels this week, has set out priorities for global trade union action through to the end of 2012, with a determination to fight back against the attacks on labour rights and the loss of jobs driven by the deepening world economic crisis.
The ITUC has joined with its Guatemalan affiliates, the CUSG, CGTG and UNSITRAGUA, in condemning the murder of Henry Anibal Marroquin Orellana, a member of the Izabal banana workers' union SITRABI, on 24 September in the municipality of Amates, in the department of Izabal.
The ITUC has released a report on core labour standards in Zimbabwe coinciding with the Trade Policy Review at the WTO. The report finds systematic abuses against trade unions and poor compliance with other international labour standards.
On 2 October, the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab banned the operations of three telecom companies, paralysing the telecommunications system in eight regions of the country. TELCOM Somalia, Nation Link Telecommunication Company and Dahabsihiil had refused to pay the sums of money the militants were attempting to illegally extort from them.
The ITUC has once again condemned the terrible repression hitting the Bahraini workers. Trade union rights have been constantly under attacks for months now despite government promises. Although the states authorities are pretending the opposite, the repression is still present at all levels.
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The international trade union movement has condemned today's threat by the Kuwaiti authorities to use the army and police to stop public sector strikes in the country as public anger grows at the government's failure to respect workers' rights and its inaction on corruption.
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Several hundred garment workers conducted a hunger strike in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on 29 September, demanding payment of outstanding wages and allowances of workers at five garment factories. Protestors also sought legal compensation for dismissed workers from four garment factories. The pressure exerted achieved payment of the moneys owed by some, but not all of the employers.
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With unprecedented public demand for decent jobs, and pressure mounting on banks and the finance industry, the 2011 World Day for Decent Work on 7 October featured over 400 actions across more than 80 countries. Read more here
Read the study by the Trade Union Development Cooperation Network on the integration of the Decent Work Agenda into the development cooperation policy of the major donor country governments.
On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty civil society organizations all around the world launched a global campaign calling for a public support for firm political commitments that will make development aid truly work.
Find out more about the campaign here
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned of a 'scarred' generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and precarious work in developed countries, as well as persistently high working poverty in the developing world. Read the Global Employment Trends for Youth: 2011 update showing the latest global and regional labour market trends that young people face.
Next week (October 31 to November 4) RadioLabour will be broadcasting directly from Tunis, Tunisia.
Special reports on the activities of labour unions participating in the pro-democracy revolutions in the Middle East will be broadcast in the daily programmes, Monday to Friday.
It would help stop the cuts, tackle climate change and global poverty and help control the casino banking that got us into this mess. Lots of governments are already on board. To date, our own government has been lukewarm in public while opposing it behind closed doors.
The international trade union movement said G20 Finance Ministers are coming under increasing pressure to create jobs, tackle public debt and reform the financial system as public pressure from the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement spreads from the US to Australia, France and the UK.
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In a joint statement issued ahead of the next G20 Summit in Cannes on 3-4 November, the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the heads of five international agencies, have called for increased international efforts to restore confidence to the world economy and carry out the structural policies needed to move towards a path of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.
NGOs say 'Programme-for-Results Lending' would allow countries to sidestep tough social and environmental safeguards that recipients of World Bank loans must normally meet. The World Bank plan to set up a new way to lend money to developing countries is being called a potential disaster for indigenous peoples, the environment and human rights.
Take action: Before Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, travels to Durban for the climate change conference at the end of the year, ACTSA will present him with a giant montage of ears in the shape of a map of Africa to reinforce their message: 'Listen to southern Africa'.
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Tell the Egyptian Prime Minister to immediately pass a labour law and finally allow workers the chance to bargain for decent work.
The IUF, the global union federation for food workers have launched a major campaign calling on Nestlé to respect workers' rights. The campaign call comes in the wake of Nestlé sacking workers in both Indonesia and Pakistan for daring to organize themselves into trade unions.
The Government of South Korea has prosecuted almost 1400 public servants and teachers, members of the Korean Government Employees Union (KGEU) and the Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union (KTU), for alleged violation of punitive laws which make it unlawful for public workers to either support or criticise political parties.
Since May 2011 two towns in Western Kazakhstan have been seeing protest actions in the oil sector that still involve thousands of workers. Massive lay-offs have hit over a thousand workers, affecting their families, their children.
Over 500 activists, academics and students attended a lecture by renowned American philosopher Noam Chomsky on Saturday 8 October. The meeting - organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, VSC and South East Region TUC as part of the Latin America series of events - coincided with the release of Rene Gonzalez, one of the Miami 5.
Carlos Mamani, an indigenous activist and professor of anthropology at the University of San Andrés, there are still traces of colonialism in Bolivia that are holding back the recognition of the rights of the majorities.
An ultraliberal labour law coupled with repeated attacks by the authorities has lost Georgia's biggest union, the GTUC over 100,000 members. Its president, Irakli Petriashvili, outlines the discrimination Georgian trade unions have to deal.
Alexander Dimitrevitch, Special Councillor on Foreign Relations and Social Issues to the President of the Ukrainian Marine Trade Union Federation, hopes that the new International Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme will help combat the increased pirate attacks, which has a huge human as well as financial cost.
The Japanese Trade Union Confederation Rengo has been one of the major organisations involved in the relief work after the big tsunami that hit the eastern part of Honshu in March this year. Tatsumasa Yoshino is the General Secretary of a sub-regional Rengo office in the Iwate prefecture, one of the areas the hardest hit by the disaster.
Community Roadshows will be equipping people to find out more about human trafficking and what they can do about it before, during, and after Anti-Slavery Day. These free interactive workshops with the police, local authorities, charities and community groups are free to attend and open to everyone, but to register is essential. For more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the location you wish to attend.
Tell Parliament to help end the siege on Gaza, to act now on Jerusalem and to stop arming Israel.
The TUC will host a seminar on World AIDS Day to bring together trade unionists, interested NGOs and government officials to look at the status of the disease in the UK and examine the current budget constraints and their impact on the services available to people living with HIV/AIDS.
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Newsletter (2,500 words) issued 28 Oct 2011
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