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LabourStart's Photo of the Day Archive - 2019


20190107 : Last year 120 coal miners died at work in Pakistan. Just two days after this New Year's Eve rally to demand a safer new year, 4 miners died in a methane explosion. The struggle for safe work continues. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to see more union news from Pakistan. .


20190114 : On 8 and 9 January an estimated 200 million Indian workers participated in what is likely the largest general strike in history. The country's unions continue to mobilize against the anti-labour policies of the Modi government. (Photo: S. Sen via Twitter) Click here to see more union news from India. .


20190121 : More than 800,000 government workers in the USA are either on a forced unpaid leave from their jobs or are forced to continue working but without pay. The 'budget shutdown' in now into its sixth week with no end in sight. (Photo: AFGE) Click here to see more union news from the USA. .


20190128 : Last fall public sector unions, supported by those in the private sector, mobilized for a series of legal strikes to protest the imposition of an extreme austerity regime by the Costa Rican government. Now those same unions are mobilizing again, this time for a struggle to protect the constitutional right to strike. (Photo: ANDE) Click here to see more union news from Costa Rica. .


20190211 : Retired workers are an integral part of the struggle that Spanish unions are engaged in as the country emerges from austerity. (Photo: Fotomovimiento) Click here to see more union news from Spain. .


20190218 : Since the election of a far-right populist President of their country, Brazilian workers have been continuously organizing and protesting government actions. Here public sector workers bring public attention to attacks on their labour rights. (Photo: CLATE) Click here to see more union news from Brazil. .


20190225 : The Chilean labour movement, viciously suppressed during the military dictatorship, is now one of the most active in Latin America. (Photo: CUT) Click here to see more union news from Chile. .


20190304 : The Palestinian Postal Service Workers’ Union (PPSWU) has a long history of international solidarity actions. This is a solidarity action at the Canadian consulate in Ramallah to protest a law ending a strike by Canadian postal workers late last year. (Photo: PPSWU) Click here to see more union news from Palestine. .


20190311 : This year's International Women's Day was marked once again in Spain with a two hour long national strike for gender equality. Millions of workers participated. (Photo: UGT) Click here to see all our IWD coverage from around the world. .


20190314 : This year's International Women's Day was marked once again in Spain with a two hour long national strike for gender equality. Millions of workers participated. (Photo: CCOO) Click here to see all our IWD coverage from around the world. .


20190319 : The protests that followed the announcement that Algeria's long-serving president would continue in office resulted in large-scale protests across the country. The protests are being led by Algeria's labour movement. Millions of workers participated. (Photo: Anon) Click here to see more Algerian labour news. .


20190402 : Over a hundred women from the IndustriALL Global Union National Women's Council of South Africa (INWC-SA) picketted against sexual harassment at UNISA on 29 March, in solidarity with a harassed and sacked comrade. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to see more South African labour news. .


20190410 : Tens of thousands of education workers, members of five unions, spent last Saturday at the provincial legislature in Toronto Canada protesting cuts to education funding by the Ontario Tory government. (Photo: Rank and File) Click here to see more Canadian labour news. .


20190416 : On 12 April Russian workers at a Ford factory in Vsevolozhsk held a rally to protest the closing of their facility and to demand just compensation from Ford and government assistance in finding a new owner for their workplace. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to read more about this and other Peruvian labour news. .


20190429 : France Castro is the winner of the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights for 2019. She was awarded the prize for her struggle throughout many years to organize teachers and to fight for basic workers' rights in the Philippines. (Photo: The Svensson Foundation) Click here to read more about this and other labour news from the Philippines..


20190506 : Each year on The Day of Mourning an empty streetcar painted black circulates throughout Toronto Canada in a tribute to the workers of that city who have been killed by their jobs. (Photo: ATU 113) Click here to read more about this and other labour news from Canada..


20190513 : The General Trade Union of Building and Woodworkers (GTUBWW) of Egypt has been engaged in a long-term struggle against Suez Cement, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement to ensure that 1,250 workers receive their benefits from the period of 2010-2014. (Photo: BWI) Click here to read more about this and other labour news from Egypt..


20190523 : On 7 March thousands of textile and garment workers went on strike at Ethiopia's biggest industrial park, Hawassa, demanding better wages, safe working conditions and an end to sexual harassment. Currently there is no recognized union in the industry due to employer resistance and the government's failure to enforce Ethiopia's labour laws. Despite this the Industrial Federation of Textile, Leather and Garment Workers Union continues to organize in the garment industry with support from IndustriALL. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to read more about this and other labour news from Ethiopia..


20190527 : Honduras, despite the difficult challenges facing unions there, sees regular mass events organized by the CGT. This last IWD the CGT called for an end to gender violence in and out of the workplace. (Photo: CGT) Click here to read more about this and other labour news from Honduras..


20190603 : An activist from the ITF-affiliated Union of Trekking, Travel, Rafting and Airlines Workers Nepal (UNITRAV), has climbed Mount Everest to fly a flag calling for an International Labour Organization (ILO) convention against violence and harassment in the workplace. Lal Bahadur Jirel made it to the summit of the world's highest peak at 09:50 NPT (Nepal Standard Time) on 23 May 2019, despite difficult conditions. (Photo: ITF) Click here to read more about this and other labour news from Nepal..


20190610 : Members of unions affiliated with the International Domestic Workers Federation are among those working to ensure that an International Labour Organization (ILO) convention against violence and harassment in the workplace passes at this week's 100th anniversary meeting of the ILO. (Photo: IDWF) Click here to read more about this and other news from and about women workers around the world..


20190617 : In a ceremony at Rockefeller music hall in Oslo on 12 June the Philippine trade unionist France Castro received the prestigious Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights 2019. (Photo: Svenssonstiftelsen) Click here to read more about this and other news from and about unions in the Philippines..


20190624 : Leaders of Palestinian workers organizing with the independent trade union WAC MAAN in companies based in the Israeli occupied West Bank settlements attended a meeting in Jerusalem to launch a report that summarize a decade of organizing by WAC MAAN . (Photo: WAC MAAN) Click here to read more labour news from Palestine..


20190701 : Members of the journalists union in Cote d'Ivoire, SYNAPPCI, recently particpayed in activist training with assistance from international partners. (Photo: SYNAPPCI) Click here to read more labour news from Cote d'Ivoire..


20190713 : Oil and gas workers in Victoria, Australia, members of the AWU, AMWU, and ETU, have dismantled their picket line after 742 days, following an agreement ending a long-running dispute with ExxonMobil and its maintenance subcontractor, UGL. The strikers won an important victory, see stories on our Austrilian new page for details. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to read more labour news from Australia..


20190801 : Geo employees at the news outlet's Karachi office staged a protest last week over the non-payment of their wages. Wage theft has become routine in Pakistan's news industry. The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) is demanding media houses immediately pay outstanding wages. (Photo: PFUJ) Click here to read more labour news from Pakistan..


20190805 : The newly elected mayor of Aliaga Municipality in Turkey is forcing workers to resign from their union and to join another one or be sacked. The workers have been members of DISK/Genel-Is Union since 1998. The number of dismissals reached 187 on 24 July. The workers have been picketing since the 20th of May to demand reinstatement and respect for trade union rights and freedoms. (Photo: DISK/Genel-Is) Click here to send these workers a solidarity message..


20190812 : Workers at Harland and Wolff, the Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic, have occupied the 158-year old shipyard to protest against its closure. The 130 workers, members of Unite and GMB, are calling for the yard to be nationalized. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here for more news from the UK..


20190819 : After a decade of government austerity policies and attacks by agressive employers Prtugal's CGTP is organizing workers in a national struggle against precarious work and cuts to pensions and social programmes. (Photo: CGTP) Click here for more news from Portugal..


20190902 : A campaign by the Independent Democratic Union of Lesotho (IDUL), an affiliate of IndustriALL, to stop long-running gender-based violence at Nien Hsing Textile company factories has resulted in binding agreements to end the harassment, signed by unions, apparel brands and women’s rights organizations. (Photo: IDUL) Click here for more news from Lesotho..


20190909 : Norwegian bicycle food delivery workers struck last week in an effort to force Foodora to agree to a collective agreement. As part of their job action the workers, who are members of ITF affiliate Fellesforbundet, set up a soup kitchen and repaired bicycles for free in Oslo's city centre. (Photo: ITF) Click here for more news from Norway.


20190918 : From Argentina to Zimbabwe, workers and their unions are fighting attempts to roll back and reduce their pensions. Here Spanish workers, organized by CCOO, UGT, CNT and CGT march in solidarity with retired workers (Photo: M. Roldán ) Click here for more news from Spain.