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LabourStart's Photo of the Day Archive - 2020


20200109 : An estimated 250 million workers took part in the national general strike on 8 January against the neoliberal labour policies of the Indian government. The strike was organized by central unions across the political spectrum. (Photo: IndustriALL). Click here for more news from India.


20200113 : Migrant workers in Taiwan, most from the Philippines, have a long history of organizing against human rights abuses. And Taiwanese trade unionists have a long history of working in solidarity for migrant rights. (Photo: L. Wong). Click here for more news from Taiwan.


20200120 : Trade unions have been organizing in support of popular protests in Hong Kong. In turn workers have been joining unions in huge numbers since the protests began. (Photo: HKCTU). Click here for more news from Hong Kong.


20200127 : A lockout at a Canadian oil refinery has resulted in arrests and renewed unity in the Canadian labour movement. (Photo: Unifor). Click here for more news from Canada.


20200203 : The mass protests that saw the Chilean government agree to a constitutional reform process have also created the momentum needed for new and improved social services and benefits. Unions are leading the push for, among other things, an improved and public healthcare system and equality for women. (Photo: CTA-A). Click here for more news from Chile.


20200210 : "Environmentally and economically sustainable mineral economies in an era of climate change catastrophe" was the theme of the civil society-organized Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) last week in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo: IndustriALL). Click here to go to the ITUC's Just Transition Centre's website.


20200217 : Trade unions are leading the defence of Brazilian social services in the face of attacks by the Bolsonaro regime. Here workers surround a office of INSS, the country's social benefits and pensions agency. The agency is being dismantled. (Photo: CUT. Click here to read more trade union news from Brazil.


20200224 : Last week in Colombia trade union leaders were the targets of assination attempts and unions helped organize a national general strike and protest in an effort to save the peace process in that country. (Photo: CUT). Click here to read more trade union news from Colombia.


20200302 : Portguese workers continue to face hardline employers as they make up for more than a decade of wage rollbacks and government austerity policies that undermine wages and social benefits and increase precarity. These metal workers are battling for job security and a wage increase of more than the .3% their employer is offering (Photo: FIEQUIMETAL). Click here to read more trade union news from Portugal.


20200309 : IWD, Santiago Chile. (Photo: CUT). Click here to read more multi-lingual coverage of union IWD events around the world.


20200310 : Australian dockers celebrate IWD. (Photo: MUA). Click here to read more multi-lingual coverage of union IWD events around the world.


20200311 : Women workers in Toronto Canada celebrate IWD. (Photo: rabble). Click here to read more multi-lingual coverage of union IWD events around the world.


20200312 : IWD in Barrancabermeja, Colombia. These women workers are fighting to have their employer recognize their union. (Photo: AIL). Click here to read more multi-lingual coverage of union IWD events around the world.


20200315 : Qatar, the very first-ever union-organized IWD. (Photo: BWI). Click here to read more multi-lingual coverage of union IWD events around the world.


20200323 : Around the world people are spontaneously showing their appreciation for retail food workers, cleaners, postal workers, healthcare workers and others who are remaining at work to provide essential services while much of the rest of the world goes into isolation. This roadside sign is in the small Canadian town of Truro, Nova Scotia. (Photo: Our Times). Click here to read more multi-lingual coverage of union responses to the COVID-19 crisis.


20200330 : deemed 'essential' in most countries, jornalists like these masked Uruguayans, remain at work during the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo: PIT-CNT). Click here to read more multi-lingual coverage of union responses to the COVID-19 crisis.


20200406 : When the Indian government declared a 'lockdown' in response to the COVID-19 crisis millions of workers were left without an income and left large towns and cities to return to their family homes. Most are forced to walk hundreds or thousands of kilometres as public transport has come to a stop. Once 'home' they have no income, no food and no other support as the crisis continues. (Photo: CITU). Click here to read more multi-lingual coverage of union responses to the COVID-19 crisis.


20200420 : Chilean trade union leader Barbara Figueora has been awarded the prestigious Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights, in recognition of her commitment as the leader of CUT Chile in fighting for social justice. (Photo: ITUC). Click here to read more about this remarkable trade unionist..


20200427 : With 85% of Hong Kong workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the HK Confederation of Trade Unions is demanding an emergency economic support programme. (Photo: HKTUC). Click here to read more labour news from Hong Kong..


20200501 : Early the morning of May Day Istanbul police arrested the entire leadership of DISK and tore down May Day decorations on the union's offices, just the latest in a long series of attempts to stop May Day celebrations in Turkey. (Photo: Anon.). Click here to read more labour news from Turkey..


20200504 : Graffiti like this in Toronto Canada is appearing all around the world as the COVID-19 crisis highlights gross income inequalities. (Photo: A. Healy). Click here to read more COVID-19-related labour news..


20200511 : In big ways and small unions have adapted to the COVID-19 crisis, sometimes by providing new services to their members. In Argentina, the Central de los Trabajadores Argentinos distributes food packages from its headquarters in Buenos Aires. (Photo: CTA). Click here to read more labour news from Argentina.


20200518 : CCOO, UGT, CNT and CGT all called for a warning strike last week at a facility providing parts to Nissan's huge Barcelona car factory in an effort to force the company to commit to continuing production there. The unions believe that Nissan is planning on closing the plant under cover of the pandemic. Picket lines in the era of COVID-19 can be lonely but in this case as the strike had 100% support they were almost unnecessary (Photo: [email protected]). Click here to read more labour news from Spain.


20200525 : On 22 May millions of Indian workers, organized by most of the country's union centres, struck, protested, marched and started hunger strikes against the gutting of India's labour laws under cover of COVID-19. (Photo: CITU). Click here to read more labour news from India.


20200601 : Around the world, air transport workers have been hit hard by layoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. South Korean aviation workers and supporters held a 'bicycle march' this week to safely demand income supports for workers laid-off by the country's airlines. (Photo: KCTU) Click here to read more labour news from South Korea.


20200608 : Garment union activist Soy Sros was released from prison in Cambodia after a LabourStart campaign. She was arrested after a Facebook post criticizing an employer for its COVID-19 response. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to read more labour news from Cambodia.


20200615 : The lack of pandemic action by the Bolsanaro regime in Brazil is intensifying the trade union-led organizing for the president's removal from office. Marches like this one last week are becoming both common and larger and larger. (Photo: CTB) Click here to read more labour news from Brazil.


20200622 : Around the world workers are adapting to the pandemic and their unions are returning to 'normal' activities, including strikes like this by by CUT members in Chile. (Photo: CUT) Click here to read more labour news from Chile.


20200629 : Despite the pandemic unions around the world are continuing the push for ratification of Convention 190 (violence and harassment at work). African union activists like those pictured here, have been especially active. (Photo: IndustriALL) Click here to read more labour news from Africa.


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