In the last couple of days we’ve closed down two of our campaigns — and one of them was a big win for the union. Today we launched a new campaign — or more correctly, a new version of a campaign we’ve done before. And finally, we helped the IUF with one of the shortest campaigns they (or we) have ever run, resulting in a big win.
The campaigns we closed today are:
USA: IKEA must raise pay, offer full-time jobs which had 4,193 supporters. We asked the UFCW what the result of the campaign but haven’t yet heard back.
Colombia: Desperate fight for recognition of workplace accident This was a big win. Here is what IndustriALL told us:
“With sense of relieve and satisfaction we announce that Ruben Montoya had received his pension and has reached a financial settlement with Tenaris. Ruben Montoya is a worker who suffered a workplace accident 12 years ago that was never recognized by the company; who declared a hunger strike almost a year ago and attempted suicide twice asking for the pension that he has finally received. The persistence and courage of Reuben, the accompaniment and mobilization of SINTRATUCAR and the international support made it possible to reach a solution to this problem. From the Tenaris Workers’ World Council we sincerely appreciate the participation of all in this campaign and we hope that Rubén will receive medical treatment needed and have the deserved tranquility to recover from such a tragic event. The last meeting of the Tenaris Workers’ World Council approved several actions in support of Rubén. Those actions are no longer necessary.”
Today we launched a new campaign in defense of Huber Ballesteros– launched last week, on the eve of Human Rights Day, at the request of UNISON. We did a version of this same campaign a year ago, but as Huber’s case is still unresolved, we’ve been asked to do this again.
Finally, we also did some publicity last week for the IUF campaign demanding the release of jailed trade unionists in Hong Kong; our efforts and those of others helped secure their early release.