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TUC demands release of trade union leader in Côte d'Ivoire
In a letter to the Embassy of Côte d'Ivoire in London, the TUC has protested against the continued detention of Mr Basile Mahan Gahé, General Secretary of the Ivorian trade union confederation (DIGNITE), affiliated to the ITUC.
Attacks on Bahrain's unions must stop says TUC
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written to Bahrain's Ambassador to the UK calling on the Bahraini government to stop its extreme reprisals against trade unionists and citizens for peacefully calling for greater democracy and reform.
Embassy Protest Against Bahrain's Anti-Union Repression
Read the ITUC protest letter delivered to the Bahrain Embassy in Brussels on 26 May by international, European and Belgian trade union organisations calling on the authorities in the Gulf state to stop their violent campaign against the country's trade union movement.
Organise like an Egyptian
The new societies being created in Egypt and the wider region must include strong, independent trade unions, says Kamal Abbas - the founder of Egypt's Centre for Trade Union and Worker Services (CTUWS), during his visit to the UK last week.
UK Government should support international effort to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS
The TUC has written to the Foreign Secretary in advance of the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS to be held in New York on 8-10 June 2011, asking the UK Government to support the main demands made by the international trade union movement.
British trade unionists support trade union capacity building in Swaziland
A training and education initiative funded by the TUC under the PPA (Partnership Programme Agreement) with DFID, implemented in partnership with the International Research Academy for Labour and Education (IRALE), has significantly contributed to capacity-building in the trade union movement in Swaziland.
Murder of Lorenzo Godoy Asencio in Guatemala
Brendan Barber has written to the Guatemalan ambassador in London to call for action following the murder of another trade union leader in Guatemala. Taxi drivers union leader Lorenzo Godoy Asencio's body was discovered on May 5.
Read the ITUC report on Guatemala: violence against campesinos continues
TUC urges Fiji to respect trade union rights
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written to Fiji's High Commissioner as part of a worldwide trade union campaign to urge greater respect for trade union rights in Fiji.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Panama: Thirty-three Workers Dismissed for Forming a Union
Thirty three workers at Panamá Gaming & Services (CIRSA) de Panamá S.A. were fired for attempting to form a union.
Syria: ITUC Supports Call for General Strike on Wednesday 18 May
As the repression against the popular uprising throughout the country continues, Syria's opposition has called for a general strike on Wednesday 18 May. 'Refusing to work is the only weapon the Syrian people have against the bullets, the tanks, the arrests and all the other brutal excesses of the Assad regime.
Read the ITUC's statement supporting the strike
Decisions for life Campaign - Young Working Women from Around the World Meet in Amsterdam
Over 100 young women from 23 countries gathered in Amsterdam from 9-11 May to plan the next stage of an international campaign aimed at reaching out to young women workers, and making sure international decision makers hear about the issues that affect young women at work.
Equal rights, respect and dignity for all workers
The global unions Education International (EI), Public Services International (PSI) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) join other human rights defenders in celebrating International Day against Homophobia. Working in cooperation, the three global unions restate their pledge to resist all forms of discrimination, intolerance and persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
ITGLWF releases damning report on working conditions in sportswear supply chains, including forced overtime
The Global Union representing workers in the garment industry has released a damning report on working conditions in Asian sportswear supply chains.
''Exploited Dalit girls Produce Garments in India for European and US Markets''
Companies have taken steps, but exploitation remains widespread
The report 'Captured by Cotton - Exploited Dalit girls produce garments in India for European and US markets' was recently published by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporation (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) and highlights major garment brands and retailers who have their products made under exploitative and unhealthy conditions by girls in Tamil Nadu, South India.
Indonesian water workers gain 50% wage rise
Serikat Pekerja PDAM Jakarta, representing workers in Palyja (the GDF-Suez concession of the city of Jakarta's water system), finally won their demands for salary adjustments. After many years of stalled negotiations, recent union mobilisation and political pressure convinced the private employer to finally agree a 50% wage increase, retroactive to January 2011.
Myths & Realities about Domestic Workers booklet
A booklet produced by IDWN (International Domestic Workers Network) called 'Myths & Realities about Domestic Workers" provides the argument and counter argument on the ILO convention on domestic workers.
Union Post - May 2011 Issue
The Trade Union statement to the G20 Conference on Coherence
Yesterday's (23 May) G20 high-level conference on 'Strengthening Economic and Social Policy Coherence', hosted by the French government, was attended by delegations from all G20 countries as well as the ILO, WTO and OECD, UNDP, IMF, World Bank and regional development banks, the ITUC/TUAC and IOE/BIAC.
Read the trade union statement to the G20 conference on coherence
G8 Summit Must Deliver on Jobs
This week's G8 Summit of World Leaders must deliver leadership to end the global jobs crisis, according to the world's trade unions. Over 30 million people who lost their jobs due to the crisis are still unemployed.
New IMF Head Must Give Priority to Jobs and Reducing Inequalities, Unions Say
The incoming head of the IMF must have the capacity and will to tackle the global employment crisis and growing inequality, according to the ITUC. At least two candidates have so far announced interest in replacing Dominique Strauss-Kahn as IMF Managing Director.
Financial Transactions Tax Global Day of Action, 22 June
A brochure on preparations for the Global Day of Action for the Financial Transactions Tax, 22 June 2011 has been prepared by Oxfam (UK) on behalf of the global coalition in support of the FTT, of which the ITUC is part. It contains suggestions for action and contact points for further information.
GLOBAL CALLS TO ACTION
ACT NOW! Free Ivory Coast union leader Basil Mahan Gahé!
On April 26, Basil Mahan Gahé (pictured), general secretary of the national trade union center Dignité in the Ivory Coast, was arrested at his Abidjan home and taken into detention. The union office was sacked, and many union officers have gone into hiding.
Uganda's anti-gay bill -- Stopped!
Great news -- the bill has been shelved! The AVAAZ.org appeal won a major fight for equality and justice. Over 1.6 million people signed the petition opposing the anti-gay bill, tens of thousands of us called our heads of state, and we helped make the attack on gay rights in Uganda a major international news story -- and it worked.
Defend Iraqi trade unions
Iraq's union federation, the GFIW, have been facing a crackdown from their government, with unions derecognised and a heavily partisan committee appointed to take control of union elections and assets.
Defend trade union rights in Turkey - stop mass criminal indictments of union members and officers!
Over 100 trade union leaders in Turkey have been indicted in connection with a protest demonstration held in Ankara in April. Their trial is set to begin on 3 June. If convicted, they face up to five years in jail.
Please take a moment to send off your message of protest today via the online campaign.
Burma Campaign UK Welcomes Release of 34 Resistance Fighters
34 resistance fighters from Burma, who had been held in prison in India for more than 13 years, despite never having committed a crime, were released this month.
You can take action to help free other political prisoners here
ACT NOW! Keep aid promises, make tax transparent, support a Robin Hood Tax
On Thursday, 9 June, the TUC is supporting a lobby of Parliament organised by British development NGOs.
FOCUS ON TRADE UNIONISTS
ITUC Spotlight on Irina Livkovich (PIT.Ua Ukraine, Decisions for Life campaign)
'More young women can be leaders and, thanks to this project, dare to do what they want to'
Irina Livkovich used to be an economist but is now the head of the women's committee of PIT.Ua, a union for IT people in Ukraine. The Women's Committee was created under the Decisions for Life project, and as a direct result its mission is more or less the same as the campaign mission.
ITUC Spotlight on Jardélia Rodrigues (CUT Brazil - Decisions for Life campaign)
'The stories and struggles of the women are strengthening me.'
Jardélia Rodrigues is a Training Secretary for the Brazilian confederation CUT, in the Rio Grande de Sul region. She was approached by the CUT Women's Secretary and asked to join the Decisions for Life Campaign.
RMT GARDEN PARTY FOR CUBA
Tuesday 21 June 2011, 7pm
Maritime House, Clapham, London
Tuesday 21 June 2011
With special guest speaker: Juan José Polo Vázquez, General Secretary of National Union of Transport Workers, Cuba Plus live Cuban band, food and bar, and chance to win flights to Cuba with the CSC raffle.
Tickets on sale now priced £15 per person - includes food and drink.
Tolpuddle Festival 2011
Friday 15th July - Sunday 17th July 2011
There are a number of websites with useful information for trade unionists, policy makers and campaigners. Details here: Useful websites
Issued: 27 May, 2011