|International Development Matters|
|Issue number 18 January/February 2019|
|IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.|
The TUC continues to take part in alongside our affiliated unions. Most recently the International Unit , (as part of an )and alongside affiliates of senior Zimbabwe trade unionists and an end to arrests, intimidation and violence towards the people of Zimbabwe.
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The TUC continues to that workers and activists in Iran are facing at the hand of the Iranian authorities. In solidarity, we joined Amnesty International’s protest outside the Iranian Embassy in London recently to raise the immediate concerns of the in Iran.
The TUC joined Labour Behind the Label, UNISON and War On Want and took to the street outside the Bangladesh High Commission recently to over labour rights, a living wage and the continuation of the vital Bangladesh Accord fire & safety.
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The ITUC says “Bahrain must stop its attempts to extradite refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi from Thailand, and the Thai government needs to release him in line with its own laws that forbid political extraditions”.
Brazilian metalworkers came up with a plan of action at their meeting in São Paulo on 1 February. They agreed to take global action against the threats made by General Motors and to participate in campaigns in support of retirement and the victims of the Brumadinho dam disaster.
Workers at Pulido Apparel Company Inc in the Philippines, which supplies global brands including Timberland, UGG, The North Face and J-Crew, have been on strike since 21 January after the company temporarily shut down its main factory to break the workers’ union.
Factory workers across China are staging sit-ins demanding unpaid wages for “blood and sweat.” Taxi drivers are surrounding government offices to call for better treatment. Construction workers are threatening to jump from buildings if they don’t get paid. Several prominent activists were detained in Shenzhen late last month.
New Publication: The cost of delivering on the SDGs
Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, published the Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Economic Reforms to assist States, international financial institutions, creditors, civil society and others to ensure that economic policies are embedded in human rights. They will be presented to the Human Rights Council on 28 February 2019.
At the Davos World Economic Forum held in January, several governments, predominantly from advanced economies, have announced their intention to launch trade negotiations on e-commerce. Through these negotiations, they would aim to consolidate market access for digital companies. Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, and other online multi-national corporations stand to gain the most.
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Education International has encouraging the global community of educators and activists to express outrage at the death threats received by the General Secretary of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers Raymond Basilio, and at the unlawful profiling of ACT members by the authorities.
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Guatemala has been going through an institutional crisis in recent months that has now become more acute. The Jimmy Morales government has systematically increased the persecution of community leaders, activists, journalists and trade unionists. Most recently, Luis Alpirez Guzmán, General Secretary of the National Union of Health Workers of Guatemala (SNTSG), and Dora Regina Ruano, from the same union, were detained for nearly ten days for negotiating and signing a collective agreement between the union and the Ministry of Health authorities back in 2013.
Iranian teachers and education workers continue to face severe repression for peacefully defending their rights and freedoms. At least 15 teachers were arrested and many others were summoned for questioning or threatened by the security services for their participation in a two-day peaceful strike action called by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teacher Trade Associations (CCITTA) in many cities across Iran towards the end of last year.
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“What does the future of work entail when mining is done through automation, and how will workers and mine-affected communities’ benefit?”. These are some of the questions that framed the debate at the African Mining Indaba and Alternative African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town 4-7 February.
2018 has been a significant year in advancing fundamental principles and rights at work. Working with governments, social partners and communities, the ILO FUNDAMENTALS Branch has helped those who cannot organise and bargain collectively, those suffering from discrimination, and those who are trapped in child labour and forced labour. There is much more to be done, and we look forward to accelerating progress and coordinating action towards our common goals over the coming years.
Watch the ILO’s video
Thursday 21 February, Time: 7-8.30pm
Venue: Bread and Roses Pub, 62 Clapham Manor Rd, London SW4 6DZ (underground Clapham North & Clapham Common)
Food available from the bar
Junieth Leiva is a Fairtrade coffee and cacao farmer and member of an agricultural co-operative called SOPPEXCCA. Join Junieth for a discussion about the benefits of Fairtrade to her family and community, how climate change is affecting them, and how we can help to make Fairtrade even fairer. Organised by Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign FB nicaraguasc twitter NSCAG_UK tel: 020 7561 4836