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FOCUS ON TRADE UNIONISTS
The TUC received messages of solidarity from trade unionists and other progressive organisations around the world for our march for a future that works that took place on Saturday 20 October.
Some of them can be found here
On 12 October the TUC hosted a visit to London of Noé Ramirez Portela, General Secretary of the Izabal Banana Workers' Union of Guatemala (SITRABI) - the oldest private sector union in the country, organising workers in Del Monte-owned banana plantations on the Caribbean coast.
To mark the World Day for Decent Work, (7 October) the TUC released 'A decent job?': a report assessing the Department for International Development's (DFID) efforts to secure decent jobs for the world's poor. DFID scores just 25 out of 56 points based on criteria developed from the International Labour Organisation's Decent Work Agenda.
This document reports on the three-year Playfair2012 project and campaign which concluded when the London Olympics and Paralympic Games ended this summer.
Read the full project completion report here
IndustriALL Global Union firmly condemns the death threats addressed to representatives of Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) and the acts of repression and intimidation recently perpetrated in Colombia by security and intelligence forces, despite a new government order for negotiations.
AngloGold Ashanti began dismissing 12,000 workers on 25 October, becoming the latest mining company to join the rush to dismiss striking workers with the misguided belief that such a move will bring the situation under control.
The new ITUC report on core labour standards in Bangladesh, published on the occasion of World Trade Organisation's (WTO) review of its trade policies, reveals grave problems with violations of freedom of association, the right to collectively bargain, child labour and forced labour.
On October 4th, in Ankara, the case of nine women trade unionists was heard in Court. The hearing was an application for their release. Three women were returned to prison, six were released pending trial. Three other women had been released on bail before the hearing.
A large coalition of European NGOs and faith groups have recently released 'Trading Away Peace: How Europe sustains Israel's illegal settlements'. The report is a comprehensive overview of the EU link to Israel settlements and their impact on the lives of Palestinians.
Nearly 1,000 fans from over 100 countries have joined the global campaign 'Qatar: Do the right thing. No World Cup without workers' rights' in just four weeks. The ITUC is calling on all its affiliates to engage union members and their communities in the online campaign
A United Nations report to be launched by Gordon Brown, now the UN special envoy on education says there will still be 190m child labourers in eight years unless issue is tackled.
58 civil society organisations - including the TUC - have written to new World Bank head Dr Jim Kim, urging him to support a Robin Hood Tax to help raise funds for international development.
The International Trade Union Confederation has mostly welcomed the World Bank's 2013 World Development Report, launched on 1 October. Here, Peter Bakvis, at the Global Unions Washington office, has produced a more detailed initial analysis.
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC stated today: 'The annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank confirmed what the ITUC and trade unions around the world have been saying for more than two years: The idea that you can create 'growth through austerity' is an illusion that has destroyed million of people's livelihoods.
Mahdi Abu Dheeb and Jalila al-Salman, the leaders of the Bahraini Teachers' Association, have just lost their appeal against the unjust sentences against them. Please sign the labourstart petition calling on the Bahraini government to release these political prisoners. Read more.
The TUC is backing a global union appeal to help pay a fine and other legal costs imposed on Kenyan union leader Francis Atwoli for backing his members on strike. He was fined 500,000 Kenyan Shillings, plus legal costs, for refusing to call off a strike by tea workers against job losses that happened two years ago. Read more here
Read the TUC's letter calling upon the Kenyan authorities to review the conviction on 12 October.
Coca-Cola in the Philippines has replaced collective bargaining over wages with arbitrary individual wage increases as part of a broader assault on workers' rights. Unions representing Coke workers there have taken to the streets in protest. The IUF has launched a global campaign to back these workers - show your support here
In Zimbabwe, a member of the Executive Committee of the newly-formed IndustriALL global union, Angeline Chitambo, has been dismissed from her job and this follows the sacking of 135 workers by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Company (ZESA) in July 2012.
Full details and to send your message of support to the Zimbabwe Electricity Workers Union (ZEWU) here.
In partnership with the Trades Union Congress of the UK and Banana Link RadioLabour has produced a special report on the plight of banana workers in Cameroon. It features an interview with Mbide Charles Kude the Deputy Secretary of the Fako Agricultural Workers Union (FAWU) in Cameroon. Listen to the interview.
The murder earlier this year of a Bangladeshi union organiser is part of an escalation of attacks on the nation's 4 million garment workers who seek to change abusive working conditions, says Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS).
The TUC and UK unions have been campaigning to support Mexican unions who are under attack from companies and the Mexican government. United Steelworkers International Director Ben Davis explains what is happening in Mexico in this video.
Saturday, 3 November, 2012, 2-4.30pm, London
This year's conference will explore the crisis in the mining industry and the struggle against the exploitation of workers and for safe working conditions and decent jobs. With Keynote speaker Peter Bailey, H&S Chairperson, National Union of Mineworkers South Africa.
This one-day workshop gives participants a practical understanding of the key issues and concepts in ethical trade, and sets out the essential building blocks for their ethical trade policy and strategy. More info here
Raise funds for ACTSA's work at their fundraising dinner on 30 November at the South African High Commission in London.
The TUC will be holding a seminar for the occasion of World AIDS Day. The event will provide an opportunity to look at the workplace response to the pandemic and share experience, expertise and lessons from a three-year HIV-AIDS workplace initiative successfully completed in partnership with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in June this year.
Please, confirm your attendance with Pat Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a number of websites with useful information for trade unionists, policy makers and campaigners. Details here: Useful websites
Newsletter (1,600 words) issued 1 Nov 2012
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