LabourStart's Photo of the Day Archive - 201820180101 :
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the massacre of the Keezhvenmani massacre in India. This monument honours the memory of 44 Dalit (non-caste or 'untouchable') agricultural workers who had been organizing and who were burned alive by land owners and the police. (Photo: TN Labour) Click here to see more union news from India
The Maritime Union of Australia is known for its creative militancy. (Photo: MUA) Click here to see more union news from Australia
Last week trade unionists rallied to support non-union fast food workers at the Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Horton's. When the province of Ontario's minimum wage increased on 1 January the employer rolled back benefits and made all breaks unpaid rather than paid. More solidarity rallies are planned as unions make this attack on vulnerable workers a priority. (Photo: D. Blackadder) Click here to see more union news from Canada
24 January was an historic day for postal unions in Pakistan. 5 postal unions (NOPE, APPDEWU, PPODGEU, APPCOEU and APPLEU) agreed to form a federation of postal workers. The five unions agreed to combine their strength to achieve their common goals for postal workers. (Photo: UNI) Click here to read more labour news from the Pakistan
Health workers in Togo have, for the second time in January 2018, gone on a sit-down strike to further pressure the government to come to the table with them to deliberate on issues affecting proper healthcare provision in the country. (Photo: PSI) Click here to read more labour news from Togo
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Over 8,000 jail guards in the Canadian province of Ontario are working to pressure their employer into a new collective agreement. Their last contract expired at the end of 2017. Events like this information picket are happening all across the province. (Photo: OPSEU 135) Click here to read more labour news from Canada
Lost in the coverage of the Catalan independence movement are the regular mass demonstrations in Spain, organized by unions, against the effects of austerity on the Spanish people. The most recent took place in Barcelona on 10 February. (Photo: Fotomovimiento) Click here to read more labour news from Spain
IG Metall, after a series of strikes, has won a victory in the German metal and automotive sectors that sets a precedent for workers’ right to determine their work-life balance. It allows workers to opt for a 28 hour work week rather than 35 for up to two years. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to read more labour news from Germany
The IUF recently announced the publication of "Our common struggle for rights and equality organising, fighting and winning LGBTI workers' rights: A resource for IUF affiliates in the Africa region". (Photo: IUF) Click here to read more labour news from the African region
On 22 February hundreds of members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa picketed outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg to defend the rights of temporary and contract workers against working under harsh precarious conditions of labour brokers. Singing and dancing outside the courts, the workers denounced the labour brokers. A ruling by the court on a key labour broker case is expected later this year. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to read more labour news from South Africa
On International Women's Day almost five and a half million Spanish women struck to demand an end to gender discrimination of all kinds. (Photo: Fotomovimiento) Click here to read more labour news from Spain
International Domestic Workers Federation affiliates in Ghana celebrate International Women's Day. (Photo: IDWF) Click here for our Working Women news page
Unions in Guatemala celebrated International Women's Day. (Photo: IDWF) Click here for our Working Women news page
Unions in Peru celebrated International Women's Day. (Photo: IDWF) Click here for our Working Women news page
Unions in Kenya celebrated International Women's Day by demanding labour rights for domestic workers. (Photo: IDWF) Click here for our Working Women news page
Spanish pensioners turned out in huge numbers across the country to protest a mere 0.25% increase in their pension. The increase is well below the rate of inflation and comes after years of austerity. Unions organizing their retired members to protest are convinced that it will push more pensioners into poverty. (Photo: Fotomovimiento) Click here for more labour news from Spain
Ironworkers Local 725 represents thousands of construction workers in Alberta Canada. The Union, with the slogan 'we are diverse, we are proud and we are part of the community', recently celebrated the start of its first all-indigenous training class. (Photo: R. Calver/Ironworkers 725) Click here for more labour news from Canada
Journalist Daouda Coulibaly, a member of the Syndicat National des Professionnels de la Presse de Cote d'Ivoire, was arrested by police on 22 March. He was one of several Cote d'Ivoire journalists harassed and beaten by police while covering a demonstration by the country's opposition party. SYNAPPCI campaigns regularly to free journalists arrested for doing their job. (Photo: SYNAPPCI) Click here for more labour news from Cote d'Ivoire
American unions marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King on 4 April by re-dedicating themselves to the struggle for equality. Trade unions from across the USA bussed tens of thousands of workers to Memphis for commemoration ceremonies. (Photo: UNITE-HERE) Click here for more labour news from the USA
On 9 April Philippino union KMU organized workers at Coca Cola Femsa Phils. Inc. and staged a protest outside the Coca Cola Distribution Center in Bago Aplaya to call for the reinstatement of 65 workers who were illegally dismissed on 31 March 2018 and for regularization of more than 300 contractual workers. (Photo: KMU) Click here for more labour news from the Philippines
Belgian and global trade unions organized a protest at the Brazilian embassy in Brussels on Monday to demand the release of former President Lula. Trade unions in Asuncion, Buenos Aires, Geneva, Jakarta, Lima, London and Rabat also gathered at Brazilian embassies, following protests in recent days in Madrid, Montevideo, Paris, Rome and Washington, D.C.. (Photo: ITUC) Click here for more labour news from Brazil
The International Day of Mourning in India was marked in many places and in many ways. Here is one of several demonstrations against Lafarge Holcim's safety practices and for a safe work place. (Photo: S. Bagre) Click here for the stories currently appearing on our H&S newswire
The Union Marocaine du Travail (UMT), supported by the global union ITF, is fighting to stop limits on the right to strike and push for constructive dialogue with the Morrocan government over the economy, jobs and wages. (Photo: ITF) Click here for how you can support the UMT
Workers affiliated to the National Union of Workers in the Construction and Similar Industries (SUNTRACS) of Panama have been on strike since 18 April. The strike began after 240 days of negotiations produced a wage offer from employers of $4 USD per month. (Photo: BWI) Click here to send a solidarity message on behalf of the striking workers.
Australian Council of Trade Unions General-Secretary Sally McManus led 130,000 trade unionists in the Change The Rules rally in Melbourne on 9 May 2018. (Photo: M. Phillips) Click here to read more union news from Australia.
Employees of the city of Cornwall in Canada are on strike. Annette Poitras, a Canadian Union of Public Employees member who works in the city's library system, keeps morale up on her picket line by baking 280 cupcakes for her co-workers. (Photo: A. Addario) Click here to read more union news from Canada.
Around the world unions have been protesting the killing of Palestinian protesters by the Israeli army. Unions in Barcelona Spain held a large march and rally on 19 May. (Photo: Fotomovimiento ) Click here to read more union news from Palestine.
Last week Atra Narwanto was re-elected chairman of the independent union SBCCD at Coca-Cola Indonesia. Workers at the Cibitung facility began organizing an independent union alternative to the pro-management structures inherited from the Suharto dictatorship in March 2015, prompting management retaliation against the workers and their elected leaders. Atra himself was sacked for his union activism in 2016. His re-election is seen as a commitment by the workers to the union. (Photo: IUF) Click here to read more union news from Indonesia.
On 7 June a Trump-like Premier was elected in Ontario, Canada's largest province, promising to roll back the province's minimum wage and attack unions. On 16 June tens of thousands of workers gathered in Toronto to signal that the new government will not have an easy ride. (Photo: OFL) Click here to read more union news from Canada.
Around the world pensioners, like this retired Spanish worker last week, are forced into the streets in protests over cuts to pensions and to the social services that they depend on. (Photo: J. Chichelnitzky/Fotomovimiento).20180702 :
100,000 union members participated in a march and rally in Seoul on 30 June in a protest over the Moon government's failure to honour its election promises to workers. (Photo: KCTU) Click here to read more union news from South Korea.
Last week striking Unifor members and their families celebrated after marking the end of their third month on the picket lines by turning away scabs trying to enter the struck salt mine, the world's largest, in Goderich, Canada. (Photo: Unifor) Click here to read more union news from Canada.
On 27 June IUF members at Marriott hotels in Austria, China/Hong Kong, France, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Samoa, South Africa (pictured here), Sweden and Thailand organized meetings, demonstrations, educational and other activities in support of the demand for the hotel giant to negotiate a global agreement on concrete measures to protect workers sexual harassment. (Photo: IUF) Click here to read more union news about global union actions.
Just 2 days after 4 mineworkers were killed on the job in Georgia, 6 workers were killed by a fire in a South African copper mine. Their deaths bring the number of South African mineworkers killed by their jobs to 55 so far this year. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to read more union news from South Africa.
Trade unions were amongst the 80 organizations which protested at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations in Bangkok in late July. The coaltion of progressive civil society organization raised serious concerns about the adverse impact of this mega regional Free Trade Agreement. (Photo: PSI) Click here to read more union news from Asia.
On 18 July a 'Mazdoor Sangarsh Rally' was called by the Maruti Suzuki Mazdoor Sangh, the union representing Suzuki car assembly workers in Gurgaon India. Hundreds of Suzuki workers plus representatives from 25 other unions participated. The rally marked the 6th anniversary of a strike that saw police and security guards shooting at picket lines and the imprisonment of 13 union activists for life after the death of a manager. Speakers at the rally called for the sentences to be reviewed by an independent judical equiry. (Photo: Ground Zero) Click here to read more union news from India.
65 women in Thunder Bay Canada have been on strike for over 100 days in an effort to gain a modest wage increase and to end the precarity of their work. (Photo: Unifor) Click here to send a solidarity message to these women.
Burger King workers in New Zealand, members of Unite, have been striking to resolve health and safety problems and win a living wage for the country's worst-paid fast food workers all through the winter.. (Photo: McJobs) Click here to see more union news from New Zealand.
As part of IndustriALL's living wage campaign garment unions in Cambodia and Mayanmar met last week on 20 - 22 August 2018 to develop and agree on a joint strategy for national sectoral bargaining. Pictured here are leaders of Myanmar's garment workers unions. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to see more union news from Myanmar.
Mexican union leader Napoleon Gomez Urrutia returned to his country after 12 years in exile in Canada to be sworn in as senator in a ceremony in Mexico City on 29 August. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to see more union news from Mexico.
Earlier this month a Southern Africa Women in Education Network's gender training and advocacy workshop was organized by Education International. Held in Johannesburg South Africa the workshop brought together women education workers from from SINPROF (Angola), BOSETU and BTU (Botswana), LAT (Lesotho), PSEUM and TUM (Malawi), NANTU (Namibia), NAPTOSA and SADTU (South Africa), SNAT (Swaziland), BETUZ, SESTUZ and ZNUT (Zambia) and PTUZ, ZESSCWU and ZIMTA (Zimbabwe). (Photo: EI) Click here to see more Working Women news from from around the world.
On 8 September, 3000 workers and union members of The Netherlands' largest union FNV gathered in Amsterdam for a demonstration against further raising the retirement age to 67. (Photo: BWI) Click here to see more union news from The Netherlands.
Workplace injuries and deaths have been common during the construction of Istanbul Grand Airport. At least 38 workers have died since the project, a favourite of Turley's President, started. When 17 were killed in one day the workers sponanteously struck. Police viciously attacked workers and arrested over 500 and held them without charge. 43 have been charged, most of them union activists. Their employer accuses them of 'terrorism'. (Photo: INSAAT Sendika) Click here to see more union news from Turkey.
For the past 3 weeks workers from all over Costa Rica have been on an indefinite strike against fiscal reform that will hit workers and their families the most while letting tax evaders continue to avoid paying their fair share. (Photo: BWI) Click here to see more union news from Costa Rica.
US President Trump is threatening to sell-off the United States Post Office. The postal workers unions have begun to fight back. Here posties in Palatine Illinois begin a public education campaign as part of a national effort. (Photo: C.E. Miller) Click here to see more union news from the USA.
126 restoration workers at the West Mebun Temple complex in Siem Reap Cambodia are demanding their reinstatement as per the terms of the collective agreement that they fought for and won. Since the project they were working was transferred from the French government to a Cambodian agency which refuses to recognize their union they have been sacked. (Photo: BWI) Click here to see more union news from Cambodia.
Across Australia last week there were rallies and marches in large cities and small towns demanding that the federal government 'Change the Rules'. This campaign aims to end wage stagnation by re-vamping the country's industrial relations laws. At least one march had close to 200,000 participants. (Photo: ACTU) Click here to see more union news from Australia.
Portugeuse public sector workers have begun wage negotiations after ten years of austerity. On 26 October they held the first of what may be a series of one-day warning strikes following on a decade of wage freezes. (Photo: D. Blackadder/LabourStart) Click here to see more union news from Portugal.
On 29 October Barcelona firefighters, 'Bombers' in Spanish and Catalan, joined city-wise demonstrations against precarious work and a lack of investment in public services. (Photo: UGT) Click here to see more union news from Spain.