COVID-19:
News from the world's trade unions

Updated: Friday 6 August 2021, 02:36:15
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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak [WHO]

ITUC COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus Updates [ACTU]

COVID-19 Coronavirus - Guidance for unions [TUC]

Be vigilant - Be prepared - Don't panic [AFL-CIO]

Hazards Magazine - News

Information for Government of Canada employees: Coronavirus disease

COVID-19 Information for Workplaces - Ottawa Public Health

Workers Health & Safety Centre (Canada)

South Africa Sasol workers told 'vax up or pay up' as Fedusa calls move 'disgusting' [Cape Talk ] 2021-08-06

South Africa Move to reduce physical distancing in schools to less than 1m, but unions are against it [Daily Maverick] 2021-08-06

Ireland People Before Profit proposes Bill to guarantee air quality in workplaces [Irish Times] 2021-08-05

South Africa Teacher unions say they were 'not consulted about proposed reduced social distance of 0.5m' [News24] 2021-08-04

UK Government agrees to vaccination of 16-17 year-olds [NEU] 2021-08-04

USA / Texas City of Houston workers ordered to wear masks again, regardless of vaccination status [Click2Houston] For more info 2021-08-04

UK Health organisations stand together against abuse [RCM] 2021-08-04

Bangladesh Garment workers suffer as factories reopen during Covid-19 lockdown [IndustriALL] 2021-08-04

South Africa SADTU criticises Education Dept over reopening of schools amid health and safety concerns of teachers, learners [Inside Education] 2021-08-04

South Africa Sadtu threatens legal action over proposed narrowing of social distancing at primary schools [JacarandaFM] 2021-08-03

USA Are We Any Closer To Another Relief Payment? [CBS] 2021-08-03

USA Food giant Tyson will require vaccinations for all US workers [Viral Live] 2021-08-03

South Africa Work Covid-19 vaccination debate rages [The Mercury] 2021-08-03

UK More than 650,000 jobs likely to still need furlough when scheme ends in September [ntia] 2021-08-02

UK Pay rise for Aldi lorry drivers amid shortage [BBC] 2021-08-01

UK Don't end furlough, adapt it to avoid a bleak autumn and provide longer-term support for workers [Unite the union] 2021-07-31

South Africa Sadtu concerned about school dropouts rate amid COVID-19 pandemic [SABC] 2021-07-31

USA / Maryland Unemployment Workers Union Hold Rally Thursday Night In Baltimore Over Flagged Claims, Unavailability [CBS] 2021-07-30

USA Biden’s vaccine rule draws both cheers and resistance from federal workers [Wash Post] 2021-07-30

UK BALPA response to updated travel rules for fully vaccinated EU and US passengers [BALPA] 2021-07-30

South Africa / KwaZulu-Natal Statement of SADTU on reopening of schools [SADTU] 2021-07-30

South Africa SACTWU WELCOMES decision to immediately vaccinate workers who are over 18 years old [COSATU] 2021-07-29

Zimbabwe Mnangagwa's 'no jab no work' policy to be challenged by ZCTU [Bulawayo24 News] 2021-07-29

South Africa COSATU warns that employers don't have right to fire unvaccinated employees [Eyewitness News] 2021-07-28

USA / California Bay Area Workers are Moving Back and so are Higher Rents [Planetizen] 2021-07-28

USA / Oregon The VA will mandate vaccines for its health workers in Oregon. Other hospitals in the state can’t [OPB] 2021-07-28

USA Workers’ Anxiety Grows as Covid Variant Casts a Shadow [NYTimes] 2021-07-28

USA / New York New Vaccine Rules for Workers? Unions Voice Exasperation [NYTimes] 2021-07-28

South Africa / North West Poultry factory employees accuse employer of flouting COVID-19 regulations [SABC] 2021-07-28

South Africa / Limpopo Teachers must adhere to COVID-19 protocols [Health-e News] 2021-07-27

USA / California There is a Black jobs crisis of generational underemployment, unemployment, and stagnant wages in the four Southern California counties [covidandblackworkers.org] 2021-07-27

USA AFL-CIO trade union federation supports vaccination mandates for workers [NND] 2021-07-27

UK Unions could have helped to avoid this ‘pingdemic’ mess – but no one asked them [Guardian] 2021-07-27

UK Unite calls for government to urgently rethink ‘pingdemic’ exemption amid fears of long-term damage to UK manufacturing [Unite the union] 2021-07-27

USA Mandating Vaccines For Health Care Workers Is Critical To Pandemic's End [NPR] 2021-07-27

South Africa NEHAWU statement on decision to move to Alert Level 3 [COSATU] 2021-07-27

USA / Mexico Mexican Workers on Border Get Vaccines to Aid Them, and the U.S. Economy [NYTimes] 2021-07-27

South Africa Covid-19: Unions should push harder for teachers to get vaccinated [GroundUp] 2021-07-27

USA Medical groups call for mandatory vaccination of U.S. health care workers [NYTimes] 2021-07-26

USA CEO-worker pay gap 'skyrocketing' amid pandemic: AFL-CIO Sec. Treasurer [Yahoo] For more info 2021-07-26

UK Doctors in Unite holds protest in London tomorrow over lack of enhanced PPE for health and social care staff [Unite the union] 2021-07-26

UK Government’s exemption from self-isolation scheme is in chaos – Usdaw seeks clarification [USDAW] 2021-07-26

USA Disabled workers fear COVID-19 silver lining to fade as 'old normal' returns [Reuters] 2021-07-26

USA We’re Kidding Ourselves That Workers Perform Well From Home [NYTimes] 2021-07-26

USA Doctors, nurses, medical groups call for mandatory vaccinations of health-care workers [The Hill] 2021-07-26

USA / New York New York will require city workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly by mid-September [NYTimes] 2021-07-26

France Some French health workers resent, resist mandatory vaccines [AP] 2021-07-26

South Africa / North West Health Department refutes Denosa allegations [OFM] 2021-07-25

South Africa / North West Nursing students allegedly forced to administer vaccines [OFM] 2021-07-25

South Africa Members ready to go back to classrooms: SADTU [SABC] 2021-07-25

USA / Washington Hundreds of area hospital workers unvaccinated [Peninsula Daily News] 2021-07-25

USA / New Jersey Essential Immigrants take over Newark Penn Station to Demand Citizenship for Essential Workers in Infrastructure Package [Insider NJ] 2021-07-25

South Africa Sadtu raises concerns ahead of school reopening [eNCA] 2021-07-25

USA / New York Immigrant essential workers rally in Manhattan for pathway to citizenship [ABC] 2021-07-24

UK Self isolation exemptions gamble with keyworkers' lives [GMB] 2021-07-24

UK ‘Vaccination is not immunisation’ as Scottish government announcement criticised by Unite [Unite the union] 2021-07-23

UK Specialist transport union RMT on staff isolation exemptions [RMT] 2021-07-23

UK Workers frustrated and angry as government fails to get a grip of pandemic and ‘pingdemic’ [Unite the union] 2021-07-22

UK Nightclubs face chaos and disorder as door staff licence cliff edge looms [GMB] 2021-07-21

South Africa / Eastern Cape Staff, PPE shortages at Kariega hospital where patients admitted at night are left unattended - Nehawu [News24] 2021-07-21

USA / Michigan MI healthcare workers protest vaccine mandate [Becker's Hosp Rev] 2021-07-20

UK Isolation changes must happen with boosted safety measures, says UNISON [UNISON] 2021-07-20

South Africa Sadtu believes 80% of school staff vaccinated [eNCA] 2021-07-20

UK Health & social care workers self-isolation exempt: 'one rule for them, one rule for us' [GMB] 2021-07-19

UK FBU fears underreporting of Covid infections in the fire service as minister fails to provide data [FBU] 2021-07-19

UK Extend furlough and work with us on working protections [Unite the union] 2021-07-19

USA / New York State data shows one-third of NY hospital workers are unvaccinated [NYPost] 2021-07-19

USA / Minnesota Next job for Minnesota lawmakers: Spend $250 million on front-line worker aid [StarTribune] 2021-07-19

UK RMT warning of total chaos on eve of 'Freedom Day' [RMT] 2021-07-18

UK New law in England must resolve nursing workforce shortages that compromise patient safety [RCN] 2021-07-17

UK RMT warns of further surge in self isolation from Monday [RMT] 2021-07-17

UK ​Health workers increasingly concerned at continued government stalling on NHS pay [UNISON] 2021-07-17

USA / New York Correction union sues city over ‘unsafe’ conditions as DOC chief releases plan to address complaints [NY1] 2021-07-17

USA / New York They Risked Their Lives During Covid. They Still Don’t Earn Minimum Wage [NYTimes] 2021-07-16

USA / Minnesota Minnesota Essential Workers React to Announcement of Working Group Members for $250 Million Fund [SEIU] 2021-07-16

USA / New York The Pandemic Hardships of N.Y.C.’s Gig Workers [NYTimes] 2021-07-16

UK Coronavirus: school outbreaks remain high [NEU] 2021-07-16

UK UNISON praises police decision to retain COVID protections [UNISON] 2021-07-15

UK Government's 'back to work' guidance weakens safety and risks abuse of shopworkers [USDAW] 2021-07-15

UK BALPA response to traffic light system [BALPA] 2021-07-15

UK Unite welcomes West Yorkshire mayor’s face mask decision [Unite the union] 2021-07-15

UK Unite welcomes Mayor of London’s public transport face mask decision [Unite the union] 2021-07-14

UK London - GMB backs call for TfL face coverings to remain compulsory [GMB] 2021-07-14

South Africa FEDUSA welcomes lockdown relief for workers and stressed sectors [Polity] 2021-07-14

UK Government weakening of Covid safety measures in shops risks abuse of shopworkers [USDAW] 2021-07-13

UK Mask wearing should be compulsory in NHS settings as Covid infection rates soar [Unite the union] 2021-07-13

UK Unite raises Amazon's pandemic profiteering with the Competition and Markets Authority [Unite the union] 2021-07-13

UK Blog: Wilfully sowing the seeds of masked confusion [Unite the union] 2021-07-13

UK Investigate Amazon over pandemic ‘price gouging’, says Unite [Unite the union] 2021-07-13

South Africa Pandemic takes its toll as healthcare workers suffer depression, fatigue and burnout [Daily Maverick] 2021-07-13

UK RMT warns of 'fatal folly' of removing transport Covid protections [RMT] 2021-07-12

South Africa COSATU statement on President Ramaphosa and his administration’s latest measures to combat COVID-19 pandemic [COSATU] 2021-07-12

UK PCS condemns end of Covid restrictions and sets out safety demands [PCS] 2021-07-11

South Africa Police unions raise concerns regarding limited COVID-19 vaccines [SABC] 2021-07-10

UK Rise in Coronavirus Clusters in Schools [NEU] 2021-07-09

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Covid-19: Kilkeel seafood factory closes due to outbreak [BBC] 2021-07-09

Ireland Healthcare workers 'deeply offended' by lack of employer recognition for COVID work [Limerick Post] 2021-07-09

Ireland Decision due soon on large lectures at third-level in September [Irish Times] 2021-07-09

South Africa Online learning on the cards for reopening of schools, say unions [IOL] 2021-07-08

South Africa Sadtu decries failure to reach targets of vaccinating teachers [SABC] 2021-07-08

South Africa Union-run clinics in South African garment sector certified for Covid-19 vaccination [IndustriALL] 2021-07-08

India IndustriALL calls on Indian government to address safety crisis [IndustriALL] 2021-07-08

UK Government’s decision to relax lorry driver rules will not solve driver shortage [Unite the union] 2021-07-08

UK UK employers struggle with worst labour shortage since 1997 [Guardian] 2021-07-08

South Africa About 90% of private school staff vaccinated as unions urge teachers to be 'vaccine ambassadors' [News24] 2021-07-08

South Africa Ters payments will be extended for industries hit by new Level 4 rules - Cosatu [Cape Talk ] 2021-07-07

USA Difficulties encountered by public health workers in COVID-19 outbreak: a cross-sectional study based on five provinces [Pub Med] 2021-07-06

USA Bullying, Threats Are Concerns For Some Healthcare Workers [Tulsa Public Radio] 2021-07-06

South Africa POPCRU welcomes govt's plan to vaccinate police officers [Eyewitness News] 2021-07-06

South Africa Teacher unions urge all members to get the jab [SowetanLIVE] 2021-07-06

South Africa Clothing industry health care clinics secure Covid-19 vaccination certification status [allAfrica] 2021-07-06

UK Johnson 'gung ho gambling' over lifting covid restrictions [TSSA] 2021-07-06

Ireland Construction group warns PUP an issue in return to work [RTÉ] 2021-07-06

Ireland Pandemic compensation claim by health staff to be heard [Irish Times] 2021-07-06

Ireland Covid-19 has significantly set back women’s economic prospects, report finds [Irish Times] 2021-07-06

South Africa Schools must be turned into vaccination sites – Sadtu [Inside Education] 2021-07-05

South Africa Covid-19: Popcru accuses correctional services of failing to reduce prison staff to 50% [Pretoria News] 2021-07-05

UK TUC calls for right to work flexibly to be extended as people urged to return to the office [TUC] 2021-07-05

UK Living with Covid without furlough or sick pay `utterly irresponsible' and will cost jobs [Unite the union] 2021-07-05

UK Shoppers should continue to wear face coverings [USDAW] 2021-07-05

UK Bridging support is crucial to avoid redundancies in the culture sector [bectu] 2021-07-05

South Africa Burnout and fatigue haunt Covid-19 front line healthcare workers [Weekend Argus] 2021-07-05

Zimbabwe Civil servants ordered to get vaccinated or quit jobs [Pindula] 2021-07-05

South Africa Popcru announces drive to vaccinate police officers [SowetanLIVE] 2021-07-04

South Africa / Gauteng Over 5,000 health workers recruited to assist with rising Covid cases [Eyewitness News] 2021-07-03

South Africa Covid-19: Sadtu calls for vaccination of teachers to be extended to other education sectors [News24] 2021-07-02

UK Ending furlough scheme too early could damage recovery, say trade unions [Guardian] 2021-07-02

Global Unions concerned by slow Covid-19 vaccination in Sub Saharan Africa amid surging infections [IndustriALL] 2021-07-01

India Doctors' Day: Turning Spotlight on Mental Health—1 in 3 Health Workers Report Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, PTSD [TWC India] 2021-07-01

USA Workers are more likely to get vaccinated — if their companies provide one big perk: Paid time off! [MarketWatch] 2021-07-01

South Africa Doctors show signs of emotional fatigue: SAMA [SABC] 2021-06-30

South Africa Restaurant staff left without any income as SA goes back to Level 4 [GroundUp] 2021-06-30

South Africa Government must protect jobs during level four restrictions [SAFTU] 2021-06-29

South Africa COSATU to present its submission to Justice Moseneke on likelihood of holding local government elections under Covid-19 restrictions [COSATU] 2021-06-29

South Africa Stricter restrictions the only solution to the Covid-19 problem at hand - Denosa [The Star] 2021-06-29

South Africa Numsa calls on employers to give Covid-19 jab to workers, families [JacarandaFM] 2021-06-29

South Africa Sama welcomes 'long overdue' level 4 restrictions [East Coast Radio] 2021-06-29

South Africa / North West Cosatu, Saftu welcome new measures to curb COVID-19 spread [SABC] 2021-06-29

South Africa Teachers and unions pleased with rollout [Sunday World] 2021-06-29

South Africa Teacher unions welcome closure of schools [Xinhua] 2021-06-29

South Africa COSATU calls for some relief for businesses affected by new lockdown restrictions [SABC] 2021-06-28

USA Public health workers report being threatened and harassed during the pandemic [CBS] 2021-06-28

USA / Kentucky McConnell: Beshear should end $300 weekly unemployment checks [WHAS] 2021-06-28

USA / Kentucky Ky. OSHA complaints rose 45% in 2020, partly due to pandemic; issues are likely to linger as workplaces try to get back to normal [Times Tribune] 2021-06-28

South Africa DENOSA’s response to President Ramaphosa’s address in response to Covid-19 resurgence [COSATU] 2021-06-28

South Africa COSATU notes President Ramaphosa’s announcement of additional measures to combat Covid-19 [COSATU] 2021-06-28

USA I Taught Online School This Year. It Was a Disgrace [NYTimes] 2021-06-27

USA / California Essential workers supported Sacramento during COVID-19. Let’s support them with hazard pay [Sacramento Bee] 2021-06-27

USA / Pennsylvania Dozens of Pa. companies received federal loans meant to save jobs, but laid off workers anyway [FOX] 2021-06-27

USA Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Suicidal Ideation Among State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic [CDC] 2021-06-26

USA Remote workers' energy bills are rising. Should employers reimburse them? [CBS] For more info 2021-06-25

South Africa / KwaZulu-Natal Sadtu calls for more jab sites as 21 000 teachers inoculated [East Coast Radio] 2021-06-25

South Africa Teacher vaccinations: Unions satisfied, continue to monitor process [News24] 2021-06-25

South Africa Vaccination programme poorly planned and implemented: Denosa [SABC] 2021-06-24

UK Failure to support low paid and vulnerable to isolate 'act of gross negligence' [Unite the union] 2021-06-24

Global International Labour Conference calls for strong action on Covid recovery [IndustriALL] 2021-06-24

UK NHS nurse sacked over weekend working wins landmark ruling [The Guardian] 2021-06-24

South Africa / KwaZulu-Natal SADTU calls for more Covid-19 vaccine sites for teachers [Eyewitness News] 2021-06-24

South Africa Sadtu concerned but satisfied with teacher vaccination rollout [SABC] 2021-06-24

South Africa Leaders of teachers unions to receive vaccines on Thursday [IOL] 2021-06-23

South Africa / Gauteng COSATU statement on rise of COVID-19 infections in province [COSATU] 2021-06-23

South Africa Solidarity demands that private sector hospitals be accredited to fill gap with placements of medical interns [Solidarity] 2021-06-23

Taiwan Tech groups in Taiwan accused of locking up migrant workers [Financial Times] 2021-06-23

UK TUC calls for long Covid to be recognised as a disability [NUJ] 2021-06-23

Ireland Concern that Covid measures viewed as Garda not health regulations, AGSI says [Irish Times] 2021-06-23

Global ILO conference adopts strong pandemic call to action [Scoop World] 2021-06-23

South Africa / KwaZulu-Natal Sadtu wants more information on coronavirus vaccination sites for educators [SABC] 2021-06-22

USA One-quarter of workers still plan to seek new job after pandemic [SIA] 2021-06-22

USA Half of US workers mulling new jobs, careers after pandemic: survey [The Hill] 2021-06-22

South Africa SADTU, Equal Education optimistic ahead of Covid-19 vaccine rollout for teachers [Eyewitness News] 2021-06-21

South Africa SAOU urges teachers to take J&J vaccine [SABC] 2021-06-21

South Africa COVID-19 | Educators Union of SA vows to shut down schools [eNCA] 2021-06-21

South Africa Fedusa welcomes vaccination drive for educators and support staff [Algoa FM] 2021-06-21

South Africa Teachers’ unions welcome plan to vaccinate teachers from Wednesday [Eyewitness News] 2021-06-20

UK International solidarity is key to opposing authoritarian regimes [UNISON] 2021-06-19

UK Unions say one of key policies to limit virus spread is ‘failing’ in face of rising infections [Guardian] 2021-06-19

South Africa Bypassing EVDS 'nightmare' will help push 10-day vaccination blitz for teachers [Cape Talk ] 2021-06-19

South Africa NEHAWU calls for aggressive messaging from govt to drive home Covid-19 protocols [Eyewitness News] 2021-06-18

South Africa COVID-19: Concerns over health worker burnout [eNCA] 2021-06-18

Ireland Nearly 60% of employers want right to ask if staff have received Covid vaccine, survey says [Irish Times] 2021-06-18

UK New research reveals 'emerging class divide' in who gets flexible working - TUC [TUC] 2021-06-18

South Africa COSATU notes President Ramaphosa’s announcement of additional measures in the fight against Covid-19 [COSATU] 2021-06-18

South Africa Denosa disappointed with government's response to third wave [SABC] 2021-06-16

UK Inflation rise should not derail government action to protect working people - TUC [TUC] 2021-06-16

Ireland Businesses ‘caught in the middle’ of staff with opposing views on Covid-19 vaccines [Irish Times] 2021-06-16

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Compulsory vaccine for care home staff 'not necessary' [BBC] 2021-06-16

Global Pandemic fallout has exacerbated modern slavery in ‘every region’, report warns [The Telegraph] 2021-06-16

South Africa NAPTOSA, SADTU concerned over number of J&J jabs earmarked for teachers [Eyewitness News] 2021-06-16

South Africa / Western Cape George municipal workers threaten to strike over Covid-19 danger pay [Weekend Argus] 2021-06-15

USA cTo Fill Millions of Open Jobs, Many Workers Need More Than Skills [NYTimes] 2021-06-15

UK Ministers must extend furlough in line with restrictions, says TUC [TUC] 2021-06-15

USA / Connecticut Prison guards seeking hazard pay for work during pandemic [Fairfield Citizen] 2021-06-15

South Africa Unions rally behind education minister to keep schools open despite Malema’s ultimatum [Sunday World] 2021-06-15

South Africa / Free State Sadtu welcomes move to vaccinate teachers [SABC] 2021-06-14

USA OSHA Announces COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare Workers [OHS] 2021-06-14

USA ‘People are so burned out’: US essential workers struggle as restrictions lifted [Guardian] 2021-06-13

South Africa Unions say workers can’t be forced to take Covid-19 shots [Sunday Independent] 2021-06-12

USA OSHA’s New Safety Rule: Health Care Workers and Beyond [Natl Law Rev] 2021-06-12

USA Biden Just Decided Not to Protect Meatpacking Workers from COVID [Mother Jones] 2021-06-12

South Africa / Gauteng As Covid-19 infections soar, union blasts government [IOL] 2021-06-12

USA / New York Wage Theft Got Worse During Covid. A Stalled Bill Could Give Workers Leverage To Fight Back [NY Focus] 2021-06-11

USA Hospitals across U.S. are requiring workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 [CBS] 2021-06-11

USA / Pennsylvania Childcare workers are hard to find [WAGM] 2021-06-11

USA / New Hampshire Bull Moose rehires laid-off workers and issues apology [Press Herald] 2021-06-11

USA U.S. Labor Department issues emergency Covid-19 rule for healthcare workers [CNBC] 2021-06-11

USA The gap between workers and C.E.O.s widened during the pandemic as public companies granted top executives some of the richest pay packages ever [NYTimes] 2021-06-11

USA OSHA finally issues a COVID workplace rule, but only for healthcare [New York Times] 2021-06-11

UK DVLA strike: new Covid cases reported on site as post backlog grows [PCS] 2021-06-11

South Africa / Western Cape EUSA slams move to only register some teachers for Covid jabs [JacarandaFM] 2021-06-11

South Africa Teachers' vaccine rollout on hold as country waits for FDA decision [East Coast Radio] 2021-06-10

Ireland Taoiseach suggests some workers could return to the office in August [RTÉ] 2021-06-09

South Africa Naptosa plans for COVID-19 vaccine rollout despite postponement [SABC] 2021-06-09

USA / California Why Oxnard is sending grocery workers $1,000 checks [Wash Post] 2021-06-08

UK DVLA action: senior managers observe pickets in 30 minute shifts [PCS] 2021-06-08

South Africa Government continues to bungle vaccine roll out: SAFTU [SAFTU] 2021-06-08

South Africa Popcru urges police and prison workers to be given priority for Covid jabs [JacarandaFM] 2021-06-08

USA Biden to Revive OSHA’s Stalled Infectious Disease Rulemaking [Bloomberg] 2021-06-05

USA Amazon defends failure to pay workers for COVID screening time [Seattle Times] 2021-06-05

UK Nearly one in three disabled workers surveyed treated unfairly at work during the pandemic [TUC] 2021-06-05

South Africa Plans being made to vaccinate teachers with Johnson & Johnson [The Citizen] 2021-06-05

USA Now isn’t the time to make workers in lockdown jump through hoops to get support [Guardian] 2021-06-05

USA Joe Biden Is Not Protecting Workers From the Pandemic [Jacobin] 2021-06-05

UK BALPA responds to reports that no further countries are to be added to the green list for travel [BALPA] 2021-06-04

South Africa / Northern Cape Sadtu likens failure to close schools with COVID-19 cases to attempted murder [SABC] 2021-06-04

South Africa Minerals Council, unions commit support to get industry employees vaccinated [Mining Weekly] 2021-06-04

South Africa Covid-19: What it’s like being a nurse during a pandemic [GroundUp] 2021-06-03

Cambodia Survey: Cambodian Workers Struggle to Survive in COVID-19 [Solidarity Center] For more info 2021-06-02

USA For Many Workers, Change in Mask Policy Is a Nightmare [NYTimes] 2021-06-02

UK / England Union criticises ‘pitiful’ £1.4bn Covid catch-up plan for pupils [The Guardian] 2021-06-02

South Africa Union calls on government to hire more hospital staff to prepare for third wave [The Star] 2021-06-02

South Africa COVID-19: Sadtu urges caution around pupil safety [eNCA] 2021-06-02

South Africa Get jab without job risk: NUM [Mining Journal] 2021-06-02

South Africa Teacher unions now up in arms as their vaccination calls are ignored [Sunday World] 2021-06-02

UK Jobcentre staff pushed into returning to work [PCS] 2021-06-01

South Africa NEHAWU statement on government’s decision to move the country to adjusted alert level 2 [COSATU] 2021-06-01

South Africa Before sending children back to school the third wave needs to be observed: Sadtu [SABC] 2021-06-01

South Africa Decision to move country to adjusted level 2 comes too late – NEHAWU [Politicsweb] 2021-05-31

South Africa NUM urges expedited vaccine rollout, says workers must have choice [Mining Weekly] 2021-05-31

South Africa Unions want tougher lockdown restrictions on gatherings [BusinessTech] 2021-05-31

South Africa COSATU statement on President Ramaphosa’s newly announced adjustments to Covid-19 disaster management restrictions [COSATU] 2021-05-31

South Africa Prevalence of Covid-19 in workplaces concerning – NUM [Politicsweb] 2021-05-31

South Africa Unions, parties wary of daily school classes amid Covid-19 third wave [IOL] 2021-05-31

USA Unions are horrified at the mask mandate rollback — and fear workers' lives are at risk again [Salon] 2021-05-30

South Africa Unions plead for teachers to be vaccinated ahead of daily classes for primary school pupils [News24] 2021-05-30

USA / Texas Medical workers sue Houston Methodist over job requirement to receive COVID vaccine [ABC] 2021-05-29

USA Why restaurant workers are the key to revival [Biz Jrnl] 2021-05-29

USA Burned-out workers are ready for vacation this year [Biz Women] 2021-05-29

USA Wall Street Is Wooing Workers To Return To Work With Free Food [Forbes] 2021-05-29

USA Employers Can (Mostly) Require Vaccines For Workers Returning To The Office [NPR] 2021-05-29

USA / California Grieving Transit Local Has Been Leading Fights for Safety and Service Restoration [Labor Notes] 2021-05-29

USA Gig workers to lose all unemployment benefits in 20 GOP states: 'You can't prepare for it' [CBS] 2021-05-28

USA / Connecticut Informational Picket at UConn Health [CT AFL-CIO] 2021-05-28

USA Prevalence and correlates of stress and burnout among U.S. healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A national cross-sectional survey study [PubMed] 2021-05-28

USA / New York Why Are So Many of My Fellow Health Workers Unvaccinated? [NYTimes] 2021-05-28

Mexico Doctors protest as vaccines denied to frontline health workers [Guardian] 2021-05-28

USA / New York Trader Joe’s Put Workers Like Me at Serious Risk During the Pandemic [Jacobin] 2021-05-27

USA / Texas In Texas, a rare workers’ comp win against meatpacker JBS [Fern] 2021-05-27

Global Pharmaceutical unions support universal access to COVID-19 vaccines [IndustriALL] 2021-05-26

South Africa SADTU calls for vaccination of teachers [Inside Education] 2021-05-26

South Africa / Eastern Cape Taxi drivers bring Gqeberha to standstill over Covid-19 funds [GroundUp] 2021-05-26

South Africa Denosa unhappy about news of nurses sent to communities to register people for vaccination [The Star] 2021-05-26

South Africa SAFTU worried about snail-paced vaccine roll-out [SAFTU] 2021-05-25

USA / Michigan Unvaccinated Michigan workers are still required to wear masks – here’s how employers must enforce it [MLive] 2021-05-25

South Africa Denosa calls for rapid vaccination process of its members [Health-e News] 2021-05-24

South Africa / KwaZulu-Natal DENOSA warns hospitals’ managers against intimidating nurses who don’t wear uniform as part of protest action for non-payment of Uniform Allowance by Department [COSATU] 2021-05-22

USA / New York Essential New York Workers Honor Colleagues Killed by Covid-19 [NYTimes] 2021-05-21

UK UNISON endorses Labour’s call for an international vaccine plan [UNISON] 2021-05-21

South Africa Cosatu not happy with government's slow Covid-19 vaccination rollout [TimesLIVE] 2021-05-21

South Africa Denosa concerned about nurses being warned not to disclose vaccine side effects [SABC] 2021-05-21

USA / Wisconsin One in 14 migrant workers at Seneca green bean plant in WI died of COVID-19. Here’s what happened [JSOnline] 2021-05-20

USA Changed by pandemic, many workers won’t return to old jobs [WNCT] 2021-05-20

UK IFS on Covid-related spending [NEU] 2021-05-20

Global Trade unions have an important role to play in combatting vaccine hesitancy [Equal Times] 2021-05-20

South Africa Unions call for schools to close as third Covid-19 wave hits [BusinessTech] 2021-05-20

UK Significant concessions achieved in dispute over court safety [PCS] 2021-05-19

UK Public understandably confused by traffic light system for international travel [BALPA] 2021-05-19

Ireland Businesses forcing workers to take unpaid leave for vaccine appointments [Newstalk] 2021-05-19

UK No need for return to offices [PCS] 2021-05-18

South Africa Department not capable of performing parallel vaccinations – NEHAWU [Politicsweb] 2021-05-18

South Africa Union questions 'slow start' to phase two of Covid-19 vaccine rollout [TimesLIVE] 2021-05-18

South Africa Covid-19: Denosa worried about healthcare workers [eNCA] 2021-05-17

UK Usdaw highlights the unequal impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBT+ workers [USDAW] 2021-05-17

UK RMT calls for zero tolerance of any breach of transport Covid safety measures [RMT] 2021-05-17

UK Mass return to work in jobcentres to be imposed from 17 May [PCS] 2021-05-16

UK Public warned of Covid complacency as restaurants and pubs prepare for indoor service from Monday [Unite the union] 2021-05-15

UK Public warned of Covid complacency as restaurants and pubs prepare for indoor service from Monday [Unite the union] 2021-05-15

USA Delta CEO says new workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 [Click Orlando] 2021-05-15

USA / Florida Publix eases mask mandates for vaccinated workers and shoppers [FL Keys News] 2021-05-15

USA Remembering the Food Workers We’ve Lost to COVID-19 Part 4 [Modern Farmer] 2021-05-15

USA Walmart ends mask requirement for vaccinated shoppers and workers [Seeking Alpha] 2021-05-15

USA Creating a Post-COVID Healthcare System that Supports Healthcare Workers [Managed Healthcare] 2021-05-15

USA Will essential workers be vaccination police? [Explica] 2021-05-15

South Africa NEHAWU statement on rise in Covid-19 infections and slow vaccination programme [COSATU] 2021-05-15

South Africa Nehawu expresses concern as Covid-19 numbers spike [The Citizen] 2021-05-14

South Africa NEHAWU wants clear govt update on vaccine procurement, rising infections [Eyewitness News] 2021-05-14

South Africa Nurses want trauma counselling as third wave approaches [IOL] 2021-05-14

South Africa Denosa wants government to tackle havoc caused by Covid-19 in the healthcare system [IOL] 2021-05-14

South Africa ‘Employers hide test results of Covid-positive health workers’ - NEHAWU [The Citizen] 2021-05-14

South Africa Nursing unions worried about vaccine rollout: 'It is going to be a mess' [News24] 2021-05-14

South Africa A recipe for disaster: unions concerned over phase 2 of vaccine rollout plan [Eyewitness News] 2021-05-14

UK Covid lateral flow home test kits being launched for Royal Mail workers [CWU] 2021-05-13

South Africa Union calls for special risk allowance for nurses [East Coast Radio] 2021-05-13

South Africa Nurses hardest hit by COVID-19: union [Xinhua] 2021-05-13

Africa Africa's Domestic Workers Demand Urgent Reform in Pandemic Crisis [Solidarity Center] For more info 2021-05-12

UK Compulsory vaccinations for care staff are the wrong approach [UNISON] 2021-05-12

Norway Strong reactions to stricter quarantine regulations for rig workers [Industri Energi] 2021-05-12

South Africa As third Covid-19 wave looms in SA, teacher unions against 100% attendance proposal [The Mercury] 2021-05-12

UK The Government have ignored SAGE’s advice to keep face masks in the classroom. [NEU] 2021-05-11

South Africa / Eastern Cape Betting World picketed by workers demanding Covid-19 relief funds [GroundUp] 2021-05-10

UK XPO boss accused of receiving multi million pound bonus while receiving millions of UK furlough cash [Unite the union] 2021-05-10

UK Members share their worries about jobcentre safety [PCS] 2021-05-10

UK Three-quarters of key workers say they were anxious about working through the pandemic [USDAW] 2021-05-10

USA U.S. Department of Labor Launches the Essential Workers, Essential Protections Initiative During the COVID-19 Pandemic [Sullivan & Cromwell] 2021-05-08

USA / Washington Pierce County executive vetoes hazard pay for grocery workers [KUOW] 2021-05-08

USA / New York Cuomo Enacts Law Setting Standards For Private Firms on COVID Controls [The Chief] 2021-05-08

USA / Pennsylvania Proposed legislation would provide airport workers with health benefits [Philadelphia Tribune] 2021-05-07

USA Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks [ABC] 2021-05-07

USA National Nurses Week 2021 highlights strength of healthcare workers in pandemic year [KING5] 2021-05-07

USA AFL-CIO Releases Annual Workplace Safety Report, Focused on COVID-19 [HR Law Watch] For more info 2021-05-07

USA Tech service workers are essential. They want to be treated like it [Protocol] 2021-05-07

USA ‘We’re not bringing you the virus’: Asian-American medical workers’ battle with Covid-19 and racism [South China Morning Post] 2021-05-07

USA Vanishing workers are the latest economic worry [CNN] 2021-05-07

USA / Nebraska Nebraska advances virus protections for meatpacking workers [NBC] 2021-05-07

UK TSSA Welcomes Inquest Into Belly Mujinga's Death [TSSA] 2021-05-07

South Africa COSATU welcomes progress on Covid-19 Vaccine TRIPS waiver [COSATU] 2021-05-07

UK Unions and MPs join forces to call for fire and rehire ban as pressure builds on government to take action [Unite the union] 2021-05-06

Global BWI Song of Solidarity for May Day [BWI] 2021-05-06

South Africa / Mpumalanga Sadtu says schools not ready to have all primary school learners back [Lowvelder] 2021-05-06

Ireland HSE staff who refuse Covid-19 vaccines may be redeployed under new proposals [Irish Times] 2021-05-05

UK Ministers told to buttress European holiday hopes for aviation industry with certainty and support [Unite the union] 2021-05-05

UK Support PCS members striking for Covid safety at DVLA at Facebook live rally 7 May [PCS] 2021-05-05

UK Government Clarity Needed Over Summer Travel [TSSA] 2021-05-04

UK Masks still needed in school as 154,000 children and staff with long covid [GMB] 2021-05-04

UK Masks still needed to Keep Millions Safe [NEU] 2021-05-04

Sri Lanka Nurses yet to receive COVID-19 vaccines, union claims [News1st] 2021-05-04

South Africa COSATU concerned about impact of potential COVID-19 third wave on rural communities [SABC] 2021-05-04

South Africa Ramaphosa pays homage to frontline workers against COVID-19 on May Day [CGTN Africa] 2021-05-03

South Africa Covid-19 vaccine rollout puts tourism on cusp of collapse: COSATU [Power98.7FM] 2021-05-03

South Africa Doctors complain about vaccination payment [City Press] 2021-05-02

USA / Connecticut Mobile Clinics Organized to Vaccinate Farm Workers for COVID-19 [CT Examiner] 2021-05-01

Ireland No return to office workplaces until September, Tánaiste predicts [Irish Times] 2021-04-30

Ireland HIQA recommends weekly antigen tests in meat plants [RTÉ] 2021-04-30

UK DVLA members set to walk out again over Covid safety fears [PCS] 2021-04-30

Africa Covid-19: ITUC-Africa demands compensation for workers infected at workplace [Blueprint] 2021-04-30

USA / California Low-wage workers in Oakland and across the state say they feel unsafe at their job [Oaklandside] 2021-04-29

USA Older workers were devastated by the pandemic downturn and continue to face adverse employment outcomes [EPI] 2021-04-29

USA Unions, production companies begin talks to extend, revamp COVID production rules [New York Times] 2021-04-29

UK Wales TUC calls for tougher enforcement of Covid workplace safety rules [Wales TUC] 2021-04-28

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Concern as some Covid risk assessments for Stormont civil servants go unrecorded [Belfast Telegraph] 2021-04-28

UK TUC calls for immediate public inquiry into Covid deaths [The Guardian] 2021-04-28

UK UK government must share vaccine intellectual property rights to prevent thousands of deaths [UNISON] 2021-04-27

UK Len McCluskey and Unite families to 'walk the wall' as union backs call for Covid public inquiry [Unite the union] 2021-04-27

UK Keir Starmer thanks Usdaw members for their work during the pandemic [USDAW] 2021-04-27

UK Three quarters of care workers’ mental health has worsened during pandemic [GMB] 2021-04-24

USA / Oregon ‘Slow burn’: C.O. health care workers hit hard by pandemic; some move off the frontlines [KTVZ] 2021-04-24

USA / New York NYS Announces $26.6 Million for Grants to Support Essential Workers [NYS PEF] 2021-04-24

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Extended workplace Covid testing regime [Pinsent Masons] 2021-04-23

Ireland SIPTU calls for urgent meeting with Intel contractors about Covid-19 outbreak at Kildare site [Leinster Leader] 2021-04-23

Ireland Spike in Covid-19 cases linked to school and workplace outbreaks [Irish Times] 2021-04-23

India India: A year later, new COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in cities force migrant workers to leave in masses again [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] 2021-04-22

India India: New Covid surge puts migrant, informal workers' livelihoods at risk once again [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] 2021-04-22

South Africa Teachers who died of Covid-19 have not been replaced [Daily News] 2021-04-21

Global Podcast: How Unions Meet COVID-10 Challenges—and Beyond [Solidarity Center] For more info 2021-04-21

Ireland Dublin Circuit Court Judge delays sentencing due to prison service action [Irish Times] 2021-04-21

Ireland Closure of meat plants in pandemic could have ‘resulted in food shortages’, PAC told [Irish Times] 2021-04-21

South Africa SAFTU critically supports continuing the vaccine roll out, but transparency and state sovereignty are overdue [SAFTU] 2021-04-21

USA What's ahead for teachers? [Cornell Chronicle] 2021-04-21

Canada / British Columbia Paid leave for workers to get COVID-19 vaccine [Energetic City] 2021-04-21

USA / New Jersey New law boosts benefits for families of workers who died from COVID-19 [NJBiz] 2021-04-21

UK UK workers’ rights neglected during pandemic, Labour warns [Guardian] 2021-04-20

UK TUC calls for ‘urgent’ action to support young workers hit hard by pandemic [TUC] 2021-04-20

USA / Ohio AFT, CDC, and Rockefeller Foundation to initiate COVID testing for all teachers, staff, and students in Cleveland [WCPN] 2021-04-17

UK TUC sounds alarm over 'stark' Covid mortality rates in insecure jobs [TUC] 2021-04-16

UK Government must do more to persuade care staff to have the jab [UNISON] 2021-04-16

Ireland Withdrawal of goodwill by prison officers over vaccine [RTÉ] 2021-04-16

UK Workers in insecure jobs twice as likely to die of Covid, TUC research finds [The Guardian] 2021-04-16

South Africa NEHAWU urges Health Products Regulatory Authority to urgently probe safety of J&J vaccine after rollout halted [Eyewitness News] 2021-04-15

Malaysia Malaysian government urged to end emergency rule and reform labour law [IndustriALL] 2021-04-15

USA A Fifth of Museum Workers Won’t Return to the Field After the Pandemic, Survey Says [Art News] 2021-04-15

USA / Texas State Senate revives push to block cities' paid sick leave ordinances [San Antonio Current] 2021-04-15

South Africa NEHAWU welcomes J&J suspension [East Coast Radio] 2021-04-15

Ireland Face coverings needed in social protection [Fórsa] 2021-04-14

Ireland Covid-19 cases in healthcare staff fell dramatically after vaccines – Government [Irish Times] 2021-04-14

UK Compulsory vaccinations for care home staff must be thought through carefully [Unite the union] 2021-04-14

UK Persuasion not coercion must be the key to drive vaccine take-up, says UNISON [UNISON] 2021-04-14

UK TUC – compulsory vaccinations for care staff is 'ill-thought through' [TUC] 2021-04-14

USA / New York New mobile vaccination sites to target NY agricultural workers [WHAM] 2021-04-14

USA Biden pledged to require businesses to make workplaces safe from the coronavirus on the campaign trail. Now he may not [Soapbox] 2021-04-14

Africa Health workers left without Covid jabs as paltry supplies dwindle [The Guardian] 2021-04-14

UK GDP: Sectors with greatest ground to make up need more targeted support [TUC] 2021-04-13

USA / Wisconsin COVID-19 cases in health care workers rising [WMTV] 2021-04-13

USA OSHA Prepares to Issue Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers From COVID-19 [Insurance Jrnl] 2021-04-13

USA Walmart's grocery workers died feeding the nation. Now, their families are left to pick up the pieces [NBC] 2021-04-13

UK Virus fears over hospital cleaning cutback [GMB] 2021-04-12

USA Paid leave for caregivers would be a boost for employers, workers and the economy [MarketWatch] 2021-04-12

UK TUC urges shoppers: ask about ventilation to keep shop workers safe [TUC] 2021-04-12

UK TUC: ‘As we reopen the economy, we must not drop our guard on workplace safety’ [TUC] 2021-04-12

South Africa SACTWU: 5.5% wage agreement ‘fair’ as employers suffered Covid blow [Eyewitness News] 2021-04-12

UK BALPA welcomes Welsh Government’s backing of aviation sector [BALPA] 2021-04-11

Ireland Teaching unions demand urgent meeting with government on Covid vaccinations [Connaught Telegraph] 2021-04-10

UK Aviation will remain on its knees with Government’s overly-cautious travel plan [BALPA] 2021-04-10

UK SEND Funding and Mental Health [NEU] 2021-04-10

South Africa Nehawu calls for speeding up of vaccine delivery [SABC] 2021-04-10

USA Fauci Thanks US Health Workers for Sacrifices but Admits PPE Shortages Drove Up Death Toll [KHN] 2021-04-10

USA / Kansas If Kansas essential workers get hazard pay raise, ‘that would be huge’ [Wichita Eagle] 2021-04-10

USA Twelve months of trauma: more than 3,600 US health workers died in Covid’s first year [Guardian] 2021-04-10

Asia South Asia unions demand strong universal social protection [IndustriALL] 2021-04-09

UK Aviation will remain on its knees with Government’s overly-cautious travel plan [BALPA] 2021-04-09

UK Over 1,400 walk out on first day of strike over Covid safety at DVLA [PCS] 2021-04-08

Africa Covid-19: Labour calls for fair, free access to vaccines [Blueprint] 2021-04-08

UK Decision to keep face coverings is the right move, says UNISON [UNISON] 2021-04-07

Ireland SIPTU representatives demand vaccine parity and rapid testing for Early Years educators [SIPTU] 2021-04-07

Ireland Teacher unions vote for motion backing industrial action [RTÉ] 2021-04-07

South Africa SACTWU concludes Covid-19 vaccine rollout campaign framework agreement [COSATU] 2021-04-07

South Africa NEHAWU welcomes health dept deal with Pfizer for 20m Covid-19 vaccine doses [Eyewitness News] 2021-04-06

UK Statutory sick pay is not enough – Usdaw [USDAW] 2021-04-06

UK TSSA frustrated at lack of travel trade support [TSSA] 2021-04-06

USA Tell Whole Foods’ Billionaire Bosses to Protect Their Employees and Customers [PLUS] 2021-04-06

South Africa NEHAWU worried about growing number of Covid-19 cases in institutions of higher learning [COSATU] 2021-04-05

UK Scotrail conductors standing firm and united on second day of strike action [Guardian] 2021-04-04

UK DVLA continues to suppress Deloitte home working report [PCS] 2021-04-02

UK TUC warns 'infections could rebound' if workplaces aren’t Covid-Secure [TUC] 2021-04-02

UK Self-isolation numbers won't improve until government raises 'poverty' sick pay [GMB] 2021-04-01

UK More than 350 deaths and 31,000 infections linked to Covid-19 exposure at work [GMB] 2021-04-01

South Africa SAFTU condemns Government’s continued vaccine bungling [SAFTU] 2021-04-01

Global Guidance for trade unions on COVID-19 [BWI] 2021-03-31

Global BWI releases global COVID-19 report, pushes for a 5-point recovery agenda [BWI] 2021-03-31

Ireland SNAs 'let down' by vaccination U-turn [Fórsa] 2021-03-31

Ireland Pregnant teachers want clarity on remote work after Easter [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-31

Ireland Teachers and gardaí 'shocked and dismayed' at changes to vaccine rollout plan [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-31

Ireland Teacher unions seek clarity over vaccine decision [RTÉ] 2021-03-31

USA / South Carolina S.C. worker uses 3D printing to make face shields for healthcare workers [WRDW] 2021-03-31

USA Remote Work Is Leading To More Gender And Racial Harassment, Say Tech Workers [NPR] 2021-03-31

USA / Mississippi As Mask Mandates Lift, Retail Workers Again Feel Vulnerable [NYTimes] 2021-03-31

South Africa / Eastern Cape Provincial govt finds R400m to extend contracts of 8 000 temporary health workers [News24] 2021-03-31

South Africa COSATU statement on faltering COVID-19 Vaccination programme [COSATU] 2021-03-30

South Africa Artists want to know what happened to their Covid relief money [Sunday Independent] 2021-03-29

USA Farmworkers say they are essential workers without essential protections [The Hill] 2021-03-29

USA / Wisconsin Colectivo Coffee Workers Are Organizing a Union [Jacobin] 2021-03-27

USA Will the Stimulus Stop States From Slashing More Jobs? [Labor Notes] 2021-03-27

Ireland Covid-19 in meat plants: SIPTU representative reflects on a ‘frustrating’ year [AgriLand] 2021-03-26

UK Show support for NHS pay rise with posters in windows, say health unions [Unite the union] 2021-03-26

South Africa SANDU and SANDF lock legal horns over COVID-19 vaccinations [DefenceWeb] 2021-03-26

UK NHS workers need sensitive support to cope with Covid mental health challenges [Unite the union] 2021-03-25

UK Pub vaccine passports ‘reckless’ and ‘fast track to undo lockdown gains’ [GMB] 2021-03-25

South Africa Employers and unions need to decide on how to tackle non-vaccinated workers [BusinessLIVE] 2021-03-24

South Africa Law does not allow firing of worker who flouts Covid-19 regulations: department [TimesLIVE] 2021-03-24

USA What Is Amazon Doing to Our Country? Winning and Losing in One-Click America [NYTimes] 2021-03-24

Thailand Podcast: Winning Rights for Migrant Workers in COVID-19 [Solidarity Center] For more info 2021-03-24

UK Threats to media at weekend demonstration condemned [NUJ] 2021-03-22

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland 700 special school staff given priority for vaccine [BBC] 2021-03-24

Ireland Aviation workers plead for recovery roadmap [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-24

South Africa Government workers demand an 80% increase in their minimum wage – and at least R36,000 in Covid-19 ‘danger pay’ [BusinessTech] 2021-03-24

South Africa Military health workers denied Covid-19 vaccines [GroundUp] 2021-03-24

USA / Hawaii COVID bill averts furloughs, layoffs of thousands of AFSCME members [AFSCME] 2021-03-24

USA / Florida Frontline workers, teachers gather to criticize Marco Rubio’s vote against virus relief package [FL Politics] 2021-03-21

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Teachers cannot be compelled to supervise Covid tests, unions warn [Irish News] 2021-03-21

Ireland HSE says there’s ‘intention to recognise’ role of health staff during pandemic [Irish Times] 2021-03-21

USA / New York Viewpoint: A Year After Teachers Closed Them, New York City Schools Are Still Unsafe [Labor Notes] 2021-03-20

USA / Washington Judge OKs $4-an-hour pay boost for Seattle grocery workers [Oregon Live] 2021-03-19

Global Strengthening the digital capacity of IndustriALL affiliates [IndustriALL] 2021-03-19

USA Politico: Give Bernie Sanders’ Credit for Pushing Biden Relief Bill [Diane Ravitch] 2021-03-19

USA / Illinois Chicago: Dozens of Trump Tower workers vaccinated ahead of schedule [ABC] 2021-03-19

USA Who are essential workers? A comprehensive look at their wages, demographics, and unionization rates [EPI] 2021-03-19

USA / Europe Racism is a trade union issue: ITUC statement on World Day Against Racism [ITUC] 2021-03-19

USA Who are essential workers? A comprehensive look at their wages, demographics, and unionization rates [EPI] 2021-03-19

USA / Florida Florida Republicans are once again going after teachers unions [Creative Loafing] 2021-03-19

USA The Message From the Heart of the Atlanta Attacks: ‘America Is Getting Worse’: Asian spa workers on the massacre down the road [New York] 2021-03-19

USA / Illinois Labor board reportedly sides with Amazon workers who protested COVID-19 safety policies [Verge] 2021-03-19

USA Citizenship for Essential Workers Act: The Right Thing To Do For The Nation [America] 2021-03-19

USA Policy manifesto for paying, protecting, and empowering essential workers [Brookings Inst] 2021-03-19

USA / Massachusetts Transportation workers can sign up for COVID vaccine March 22 [Mass TAM] 2021-03-19

USA / Louisiana All essential workers in Louisiana eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting March 22 [KNOE] 2021-03-19

Botswana ‘Vaccinate us first’ – Teachers [The Patriot ] 2021-03-18

South Africa Agreement on Covid-19 vaccination critical before gold, coal wage negotiations, says Solidarity [MiningMX] 2021-03-17

UK More must be done to protect care homes from infection spread [UNISON] 2021-03-17

South Africa Defence force union drops court threat after assurance that military healthcare workers will be vaccinated [Daily Maverick] 2021-03-17

South Africa Fears of fraud as some frontliners told they're 'already registered' for vaccine [Cape Talk ] 2021-03-17

Malaysia / UK Government continued to source PPE from Malaysia suppliers accused of modern slavery [The Guardian] 2021-03-15

USA / Kansas Wichita workers complained to OSHA about COVID. Will a new standard help enforcement? [Kansas] 2021-03-14

USA / Massachusetts Boston opens vaccination site solely for city’s public school teachers, workers Sunday [Boston Globe] 2021-03-14

USA Fewer than half of states are giving vaccine access to U.S. Postal Service workers [NYTimes] 2021-03-14

USA 'China Virus': Anti-Asian Racism Against Caregivers and Medical Workers [KCBS] 2021-03-14

UK ‘It’s a relief, a light at the end of the tunnel’ – young women and the vaccine [UNISON] 2021-03-14

USA / Iowa One-third of Tyson workers in Waterloo have received COVID-19 vaccine [QCOnline] 2021-03-14

USA / Minnesota Essential Workers Speak about a Year of COVID-19 [Workday MN] 2021-03-14

USA TN Frist Family Owners of Hospital Conglomerate Made Billions as Health Care Workers Lacked PPE [TruthOut] 2021-03-14

South Africa / Eastern Cape Kouga workers also on strike over Covid allowance [HeraldLIVE] 2021-03-13

Global https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/from-us/briefings/wage-theft-and-pandemic-profits-the-right-to-a-living-wage-for-garment-workers/ [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] 2021-03-12

UK School support staff fear ‘big bang’ return’ to school is a safety risk [UNISON] 2021-03-12

USA / California Kroger To Close 3 Stores In Los Angeles In Response To Approval Of ‘Hero Pay’ Mandate [CBS] 2021-03-12

South Africa SAEPU worried about anticipated 3rd wave of Covid 19 [COSATU] 2021-03-12

South Africa SAFTU stands in support of People’s Vaccine Campaign: For a People’s Vaccine not a Profit Vaccine! [SAFTU] 2021-03-11

Ireland €50m package will not solve ‘urgent issues’ facing entertainment sector, musicians warn [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-11

Ireland Antigen test approved for meat plants [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-11

UK Rail Covid Profits 'A Total Scandal' Blasts TSSA [TSSA] 2021-03-11

UK BALPA welcomes Transport Committee interim report on covid impact [BALPA] 2021-03-11

UK NHS Staff are pushed to brink and fed up with unfair pay [UNISON] 2021-03-11

UK Slow hand clap the government over derisory key worker pay [PCS] 2021-03-11

UK BALPA response to news on APD [BALPA] 2021-03-10

UK Unite statement on Public Accounts Committee Test and Trace report [Unite the union] 2021-03-10

Global TUAC briefing: Covid-19 vaccines – challenges and perspectives [TUAC] 2021-03-10

Ireland Gardaí criticise Anglesea Street station IT upgrade during level 5 restrictions [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-10

Global The pandemic has shown we need global trade unionism more than ever [Left Foot Forward] 2021-03-10

Ireland Staff based at Cork Airport considering industrial action over compulsory redundancies [echolive.ie] 2021-03-09

UK Public money has been frittered away but NHS pay is a vital investment [UNISON] 2021-03-09

USA Cleveland schools, teachers union agree to return students to classroom [The Plain Dealer] 2021-03-09

South Africa / Mpumalanga Nehawu wants more Covid-19 vaccine doses for healthcare workers [News24] 2021-03-09

South Africa COSATU concerned over Covid-19 vaccination rate [Eyewitness News] 2021-03-09

South Africa No jobs, no pay, no Ters: Domestic workers describe the pain of Covid-19 pandemic [IOL] 2021-03-09

South Africa COSATU statement on Covid-19 vaccination rollout progress [COSATU] 2021-03-09

UK Aviation sector unions and businesses publish joint call for survival support [TUC] 2021-03-08

UK TUC and Heathrow call on Sunak for 'survival support' for UK aviation [Guardian] 2021-03-08

Global Defending gender equality during the pandemic [IndustriALL] 2021-03-08

UK TUC: 1% an insult to NHS workers [TUC] 2021-03-08

UK Homeworking sounds good – until your job takes over your life [Guardian] 2021-03-07

UK Lack of decent NHS pay rise will lead to staff exodus and waiting list crisis [Unite the union] 2021-03-07

UK School and college wider re-opening Monday 8th March [NEU] 2021-03-07

UK ‘Army of 30,000 union reps’ ready to promote vaccine take-up in UK’s workplaces [Unite the union] 2021-03-06

UK Nurses will earn £2,500 less in real terms than in 2010 [TUC] 2021-03-06

USA Unemployed workers are hit with another shock: Many owe the government money for health insurance [Wash Post] 2021-03-06

USA / New York Protest For Excluded Workers Takes Over Bklyn, Manhattan Bridge [Patch NYC] 2021-03-06

Israel / Palestine Israel postpones drive to vaccinate Palestinian workers [ClickOnDetroit] 2021-03-06

USA / Texas Without mask requirements, essential workers in Texas and Mississippi say they feel more vulnerable than ever [Wash Post] 2021-03-06

USA Once categorized as 'essential,' grocery workers say they now feel 'expendable' [NBC] 2021-03-06

USA People with disabilities are disproportionately employed in industries that have suffered in the pandemic [NYTimes] 2021-03-06

Hong Kong / China Hong Kong’s New Union Movement Faces Big Challenges from Covid, National Security Law [Labor Notes] 2021-03-06

South Africa Govt washing its hands of own culpability in pandemic job losses, says Numsa [East Coast Radio] 2021-03-06

South Africa Nehawu monitors Covid-19 regulation compliance [The Rep] 2021-03-06

UK RCN to set up industrial action fund [RCN] 2021-03-05

USA / Ohio Cleveland teachers union votes to keep working remotely, despite district’s call to return to buildings [The Plain Dealer] 2021-03-05

Ireland Government urged to protect meat plant workers who have been 'treated appallingly' [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-05

Ireland Pandemic has hit women's work status hardest [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-05

UK WATCH: Newsnight marks GMB's landmark win at Bakkavor [GMB] 2021-03-05

UK One per cent pay rise “is the worst kind of insult” [UNISON] 2021-03-05

South Africa / Gauteng Unions slam call for Tshwane municipal staff to return to work as Covid-19 infections fall [Pretoria News] 2021-03-05

South Africa / Western Cape SAMWU demands Covid 'danger pay' [Knusna-Plett Herald] 2021-03-05

South Africa Military union demands army health workers be added to vaccination programme [TimesLIVE] 2021-03-05

UK London bus drivers to stop driving overcrowded buses to prevent the spread of Covid-19 [Unite the union] 2021-03-04

UK Chancellor ‘ducking decision’ to reform social care, says UNISON [UNISON] 2021-03-04

UK BALPA welcomes Welsh Government’s backing of aviation sector [BALPA] 2021-03-04

UK Chancellor has ignored public service workers, says UNISON [UNISON] 2021-03-04

South Africa Unions want R350 Covid grant to stay [BusinessTech] 2021-03-04

South Africa Football is not a super-spreader - SAFPU President calls for fans return [Soccer Laduma] 2021-03-04

UK Furlough extension must last as long as needed to secure the recovery [TUC] 2021-03-03

UK Fury at aviation being ignored in Budget [BALPA] 2021-03-03

Mexico Health and Economic Crisis in Mexico Hits Informal Sector Workers [Nacla] 2021-03-03

Bangladesh / Middle East Death in destination countries [The Daily Star] 2021-03-03

UK USDAW urges the Chancellor to provide immediate help to save our shops [USDAW] 2021-03-03

UK McCluskey: We'll keep looking for furlough extension to 2022 [Unite the union] 2021-03-03

South Africa Sadtu warns of Covid-19 third wave [East Coast Radio] 2021-03-03

South Africa Alert Level 1: This is not the time to be complacent – NEHAWU [Politicsweb] 2021-03-03

Ireland Trainee psychiatrists 'have difficulty' getting vaccine [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-02

UK Pilots union plea for Budget to back aviation [BALPA] 2021-03-02

UK Low paid ambulance staff being put at covid risk by trust’s two-tier PPE policy [GMB] 2021-03-02

UK Local Councillors sign letter to PM to extend Free School Meals [NEU] 2021-03-02

South Africa Calls mount to prioritise clothing workers’ Covid-19 vaccinations [Weekend Argus] 2021-03-02

South Africa NEHAWU Statement on government's decision to move country to alert level 1 [Polity] 2021-03-02

Ireland Illness Benefit to be paid after three days, minister announces [Irish Examiner] 2021-03-01

UK Tomahawk Steakhouse staff told 'loan firm 10% or they could face sack' [BBC] 2021-03-01

UK London Resort cruise ship accommodation plan requires full consultation [Unite the union] 2021-03-01

UK Key Workers supported by TUC meet with Conservative Members of Parliament [TUC] 2021-03-01

UK Remote learning - Some pupils will need much more individual support [NEU] 2021-03-01

UK RMT research reveals COVID corporate cash grab scandal [RMT] 2021-03-01

Ireland 787 Covid-19 cases in food businesses [Irish Examiner] 2021-02-28

Zimbabwe Nurses ‘reluctant’ to take COVID vaccine: Union [CGTN Africa] 2021-02-27

Ireland Pregnant teachers advised to continue to work remotely [RTÉ] 2021-02-26

Ireland No option for healthcare staff to choose preferred Covid vaccine says HSE [BreakingNews.ie] 2021-02-26

Ireland / Global Pandemic places long-term care work among world’s most dangerous jobs [SIPTU] 2021-02-26

Ireland Wearing masks in primary schools 'would help to reduce' infection risk, says union [Irish Examiner] 2021-02-26

Ireland Aer Lingus has axed almost 600 jobs due to Covid impact [Irish Independent] 2021-02-26

UK NHS staff ​urge the chancellor to do the right thing and fund a pay rise [UNISON] 2021-02-26

UK Rishi Sunak must deliver a workers’ budget to ensure a post-Covid recovery [Guardian] 2021-02-25

UK Need for Sunak to extend £20-a-week Universal Credit boost indefinitely [Unite the union] 2021-02-25

UK Government’s education recovery package [NEU] 2021-02-24

Ireland Vaccinations key to school reopening [Fórsa] 2021-02-24

Ireland Public health advice must guide return to school, unions warn [Irish Examiner] 2021-02-24

South Africa SACTWU adopts 10-point prgram in Covid-19 vaccine rollout promotion campaign [Polity] 2021-02-24

UK The Government are still not following the science [NEU] 2021-02-23

UK Now is not the time to turn our backs on equality, warns TUC [TUC] 2021-02-23

UK Government’s ‘risky’ schools reopening gamble risks Covid spike, warns Unite [Unite the union] 2021-02-23

UK Deliver ‘shovel ready’ manufacturing schemes to show government is serious about jobs [Unite the union] 2021-02-23

UK ‘Make it a workers’ budget,’ UNISON urges chancellor [UNISON] 2021-02-23

UK Government has done ‘precious little’ to prepare schools for safe return [GMB] 2021-02-23

UK RMT issues new warning of a cocktail of dangers for bus driver safety [RMT] 2021-02-23

UK Cautious approach is the right one and must apply to schools [UNISON] 2021-02-23

UK BALPA cautiously welcomes summer holiday plan but calls for more financial support [BALPA] 2021-02-23

Ireland Covid variants ‘a real concern’ for meat plant workers [Irish Times] 2021-02-23

Ireland Teaching unions considering proposals for reopening of schools [RTÉ] 2021-02-23

UK GMB poll: 60% of NHS workers who contracted virus experienced poor mental health [GMB] 2021-02-22

USA / Maryland MD members push for essential worker protections [AFSCME] 2021-02-21

USA Teachers and Their Unions Are Demanding Truly Safe Schools Reopening — Not “Ignoring Science” [Jacobin] 2021-02-21

UK Teachers fear mass Covid testing of pupils in UK schools will be a 'nightmare' [Guardian] 2021-02-21

South Africa Health care workers enthusiastic about Johnson & Johnson vaccine: Denosa [SABC] 2021-02-21

USA / California California’s Governor Reserves Vaccines for Teachers [NYTimes] 2021-02-21

USA Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening [NYTimes] 2021-02-21

USA / Illinois Despite Slow Vaccine Rollout, Teachers Are Being Pushed Back Inside [Labor Notes] 2021-02-20

USA / New York Metropolitan Opera Backstage Workers: 'Without People, The Opera Is Nothing' [NPR] 2021-02-20

UK British pilots unite to demand a pathway out of restrictions and financial support for UK aviation [BALPA] 2021-02-20

UK London bus bosses accused of using pandemic as ‘a smokescreen’ for attacks on pay, as 2,200 drivers set to strike next week [Unite the union] 2021-02-20

UK Eurostar must be supported [ASLEF] 2021-02-20

Ireland Covid-19 cases linked to workplace outbreaks remain high, despite level 5 lockdown [Irish Examiner] 2021-02-20

Ireland Covid-19 infections in hospital staff down 90% since rollout of vaccines [Irish Times] 2021-02-20

South Africa / Eastern Cape Nurses happy with vaccinations, says Denosa [SABC] 2021-02-20

UK Joint statement on wider opening of schools in England [NEU] 2021-02-19

UK Joint education statement on vaccines [NEU] 2021-02-19

USA / California Area McDonald’s Fined $125,000 For Firing Workers Who Spoke Out About COVID-19 [Eater] 2021-02-19

South Africa / Eastern Cape DENOSA response to firing of MEC of Health! [COSATU] 2021-02-18

Bangladesh H&M factory in India set to rehire hundreds of fired garment workers [Thomson Reuters] 2021-02-18

India Stung by COVID-19, Indian businesses rethink worker benefits [Thomson Reuters] 2021-02-18

USA / Connecticut CT teachers' union creates campaign to push for educator vaccinations [CTPost] 2021-02-18

USA / New York New York State sues Amazon, saying it didn't protect workers from virus [KCRA] 2021-02-18

Europe Statement on Covid vaccines: people must come before profit [ETUC] 2021-02-18

UK ​​​​​​​Women working in UK garment factories four times more likely to die of Covid-19 [TUC] 2021-02-18

UK Severe COVID risk - RMT demands suspension of on-train ticketing duties [RMT] 2021-02-18

South Africa Covid-19 vaccine: Don't forget rural healthcare workers, says Denosa [News24] 2021-02-18

South Africa Nehawu, Denosa hail vaccine rollout, calls on govt to acquire more doses [The Citizen] 2021-02-18

South Africa Health sector unions pleased with rollout of Covid-19 vaccination [Power98.7FM] 2021-02-17

South Africa Vavi on vaccine rollout: Anything touched by the ANC govt collapses [JacarandaFM] 2021-02-17

South Africa Denosa: Health workers need clarity on vaccine registration [eNCA] 2021-02-17

USA / District of Columbia Helping hospitality workers [Metro Wash AFL-CIO] 2021-02-17

USA State AGs Intensify Focus on Employee Rights in the Pandemic [Bloomberg] 2021-02-17

USA Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable [ABC] 2021-02-17

USA / Arizona Grocery workers are still on the front lines, yet lower on the list for receiving the vaccine [KOLD] 2021-02-17

Global UNI joins call for vaccinations for all; suspension of WTO rule restricting COVID treatment access for millions [UNI Global Union] 2021-02-17

Global Global South urges rich countries to lift monopolies on Covid19 medical products [PSI] 2021-02-17

South Africa Healthcare workers in the dark about impending J&J vaccine rollout [The Citizen] 2021-02-17

UK Women on frontline feeling pressures at work and home during pandemic [UNISON] 2021-02-17

UK With inflation low Chancellor must stimulate economy at budget, says TUC [TUC] 2021-02-17

UK Employers must furlough new shielders who can’t work from home [TUC] 2021-02-17

South Africa Teacher unions call for speed in vaccination roll-out as schools resume [IOL] 2021-02-17

South Africa PPE, overcrowding still a headache as pupils return for new academic year [DispatchLIVE] 2021-02-16

South Africa Teacher unions concerned some schools not ready for new academic year [JacarandaFM] 2021-02-16

Ireland Driving tests for essential workers cancelled due to cold, claims union [Irish Times] 2021-02-15

USA / Illinois From Librarians To Barbers, Public-Facing Workers Left Out Of Early Vaccination Rounds: ‘Our Jobs Are Essential But We Are Not’ [Block Club Chicago] 2021-02-15

USA / Illinois Chicago’s Teachers Will Get Vaccinated. When Will Its Child Care Workers? [Block Club Chicago] 2021-02-15

USA / New York Behind-the-scenes entertainment workers left behind as 'business disappears overnight' [Buffalo News] 2021-02-15

USA / Maryland Opinion: State’s Essential Workers Deserve More Protections on the Job [MD Matters] 2021-02-15

UK Quarantine hotels security staff must be protected [GMB] 2021-02-15

UK Boost to self-isolation payment is 'Too little too late' [TUC] 2021-02-15

UK TSSA Blasts SNP for 'waiting to follow the Tories' lead' over managed quarantine [TSSA] 2021-02-15

UK Vaccination - RMT calls for escalation of priority and protection for transport workers [RMT] 2021-02-15

UK Less than 5% of NHS staff think government has handled pandemic well - GMB poll [GMB] 2021-02-15

UK Long-awaited quarantine hotels have failed at first hurdle, say unions [Guardian] 2021-02-15

UK EHRC urged to investigate ministers for 'equality failures' in Covid response [The Guardian] 2021-02-15

South Africa Not all schools are ready to open on Monday, says teacher union Naptosa [TimesLIVE] 2021-02-15

South Africa 159 teachers have died since December [IOL] 2021-02-15

USA Essential workers comprise about half of all workers in low-paid occupations. They deserve a $15 minimum wage [Brookings] 2021-02-14

USA An unexpected pitfall for some cities’ mandatory hazard pay for essential workers [PBS] 2021-02-14

USA / Pennsylvania Feed Our Food Workers: Popular Temple University take-out spot barely surviving pandemic [ABC] 2021-02-14

USA Some cities made hazard pay for essential workers mandatory— what companies, and local governments, have to say about it [PBS] 2021-02-14

USA Evaluation of the mental health status of community healthcare workers during the COVID-19 outbreak [Pub Med] 2021-02-14

South Africa Teacher unions still worried about school readiness [eNCA] 2021-02-14

South Africa Teacher unions indicate improvement in schools’ readiness to open amid Covid-19 [DispatchLIVE] 2021-02-14

South Africa Teachers' mental health a concern ahead of school's reopening [Saturday Star] 2021-02-14

South Africa Healthcare workers anxious about Covid-19 vaccine roll-out [Weekend Argus] 2021-02-14

USA How to Keep Workers Safe From COVID-19 [EHS Today] 2021-02-13

USA Union Says Meatpacking Workers Should Be Vaccinated Sooner [USNews] 2021-02-13

USA / Nevada Healthcare workers share concerns over surges as restrictions ease [FOX] 2021-02-13

South Africa Teacher unions express mixed feelings about reopening of schools on Monday [Eyewitness News] 2021-02-13

UK As KPMG’s former boss has learned, caring about employees is now cool [Guardian] 2021-02-13

South Africa / Limpopo Unions concerned about readiness of schools to reopen [SABC] 2021-02-13

South Africa Teacher unions indicate improvement in schools’ readiness to open amid Covid-19 [BusinessLIVE] 2021-02-13

USA / California Burlingame nursing home workers strike [Daily Jrnl] 2021-02-12

USA / Washington Health workers and hospitals grapple with millions of counterfeit N95 masks [Duluth News Tribune] 2021-02-12

USA / Maryland Lawmakers Debate Legislation That Would Protect Essential Workers [MD Matters] 2021-02-12

USA New President, New OSHA: Recent Presidential Moves Suggest More Stringent OSHA Enforcement is Coming [Lexology] 2021-02-12

USA / New York Bureaucracy, Limited Supplies, Doubts Keep New York Healthcare Workers From Getting Covid-19 Vaccines [WSJrnl] 2021-02-12

South Africa Many nurses will end up as patients if government doesn’t roll out the vaccine soon - Denosa [IOL] 2021-02-12

South Africa Sighs of relief as Cyril Ramaphosa says R350 and Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme grants will be extended [SowetanLIVE] 2021-02-12

UK Vaccine booking system now open to frontline care workers [UNISON] 2021-02-12

UK Stop making people go into work, says TUC [Guardian] 2021-02-12

UK Extend furlough to protect jobs for a fast recovery, says TUC [TUC] 2021-02-12

UK Cash boost needs to underpin NHS ‘reforms’ says Unite [Unite the union] 2021-02-11

UK RMT warns government travel confusion increases threat to Eurostar [RMT] 2021-02-11

South Africa COVID-19 direct response should form the basis of Ramaphosa’s SONA: ANC [SABC] 2021-02-11

South Africa Students nurses stage sit-in over Community Service Practitioner Nurses employment [Cape Argus] 2021-02-10

South Africa Unions slam government for rushed purchase of ineffective vaccine [The Mercury] 2021-02-10

UK Care workers were forced make their own safety kit, buy it themselves or go without [UNISON] 2021-02-10

South Africa Government must find alternatives to AstraZeneca vaccine, say unions [Mail & Guardian] 2021-02-10

USA MLB, players’ union agree to health and safety protocols, clearing way for spring training to start [Washington Post] 2021-02-09

South Africa Hospital cleaners will be among the first to receive Covid-19 vaccine [Cape Argus] 2021-02-09

South Africa Healthcare workers express mixed reaction over halting of COVID-19 vaccine [SABC] 2021-02-09

South Africa Nursing union welcomes decision to temporarily halt AstraZeneca vaccine rollout [News24] 2021-02-09

South Africa Denosa to lay charges against companies implicated in Special Investigating Unit report [JacarandaFM] 2021-02-09

South Africa NEHAWU on update on vaccination programme [Polity] 2021-02-09

UK TUC: Women have been put in an impossible position during the pandemic  [TUC] 2021-02-09

South Africa Miners, unions team up to fight COVID-19 [Mining Journal] 2021-02-09

South Africa DENOSA statement on placing Astra-Zeneca vaccine roll-out on hold [COSATU] 2021-02-09

USA / Illinois Chicago Federation of Teachers tentatively agrees to return to classrooms [New York Times] 2021-02-08

USA AFT leader Randi Weingarten proposes plan for getting teachers back in school without vaccinations [New York Times] 2021-02-08

UK Longstanding concerns on rapid workplace testing still unresolved [GMB] 2021-02-08

France Must immigrants sacrifice themselves to COVID-19 for basic rights? [Opendemocracy] 2021-02-08

South Africa Nurses' union: 'SIU probes make it clear healthcare workers never the priority to protect' [News24] 2021-02-08

South Africa DENOSA: Money recovered from corruption must be used to buy proper PPE [Eyewitness News] 2021-02-08

South Africa DENOSA: Some healthcare worker deaths can be attributed to subpar PPEs [Eyewitness News] 2021-02-08

UK More than one in three ambulance workers have contracted Covid-19 [GMB] 2021-02-07

USA / Oregon Grocery workers feel left behind when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations [FOX] 2021-02-07

USA / Florida 'I lost everything': laid-off workers battle Florida's chaotic benefit system [Guardian] 2021-02-07

USA / California Latino workers, groups blast California officials over Covid-19 vaccine rollout changes [NBC] 2021-02-07

USA Covid PPE: How healthcare workers came to feel 'expendable' [BBC] 2021-02-07

USA / Pennsylvania PA AFL-CIO Stands With the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers [Prittle Prattle] 2021-02-07

USA Kroger to pay workers $100 if they get the Covid-19 vaccine [CNN] 2021-02-07

South Africa DENOSA vows to lay criminal charges against tainted companies in Special Investigating Unit’s PPE probe [Eyewitness News] 2021-02-06

USA Grocers fight 'hero pay' mandates for frontline workers [CBS] 2021-02-06

USA Once Heroes, ‘Now Zeros’: Frontline Workers Fall Behind On COVID-19 Vaccine Priority List [WBUR] 2021-02-06

USA Workers With COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Deserve Time Off To Recover [Health Affairs] 2021-02-06

USA / New York NYS Approves COVID-19 Vaccine for Food Delivery and Restaurant Workers [Documented NY] 2021-02-06

USA Reason #9734 For More Stimulus: Heading Off Long-Term Unemployment [Wonkette] 2021-02-06

USA Health care workers detail struggles of PPE scarcity during pandemic: 'People were getting sick more and more' [CBS] 2021-02-06

USA Black restaurant workers received less in tips than others during pandemic, report says [CNBC] 2021-02-06

USA / Florida Hospice Workers Still Lacking Access to Vaccine, Despite Caring For Most Vulnerable [Bay News] 2021-02-06

USA Jobs report: Coronavirus recession hits workers in low-wage service industries who need access to the social safety net and effective labor protection enforcement [Wash Ctr for Equitable Growth] 2021-02-06

South Africa Unions call for re-enlistment of former police members [Cape Argus] 2021-02-06

USA / District of Columbia Almost 1,600 Postal Workers in DC Region Tested Positive for COVID-19; 7 Have Died [NBC] 2021-02-06

South Africa Essential worker fired for not working during level 5 lockdown reinstated [GroundUp] 2021-02-06

South Africa / Eastern Cape Provincial government reverses decision to terminate 600 health workers [GroundUp] 2021-02-06

USA / Virginia VA House Approves Paid Sick Leave For Essential Workers [VPM] 2021-02-06

South Africa PPE corruption shows health workers were never a priority, says nursing union [SowetanLIVE] 2021-02-06

USA Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Protect Employees Who Blow the Whistle on COVID Funds Misuse [Gov Exec] 2021-02-06

USA As COVID-19 Continues to Spread at Work, Oregon Unions Aim to Protect Workers Who Face Retaliation [Oregon AFL-CIO] 2021-02-05

USA / California Kroger Screws 200 Workers Out of Spite [TNR] 2021-02-05

USA Workers' group slams OSHA, demands tougher COVID-19 standards [HR Drive] 2021-02-05

UK Kent tenants and housing maintenance workers needlessly in danger of Covid exposure [Unite the union] 2021-02-05

USA MLB, Players' Union consult with CDC on pandemic [Washington Post] 2021-02-05

UK / Scotland Lennon Hits Out at CalMac over Fuel Waste and Pay 'Injustice' [TSSA] 2021-02-05

UK Government must step in to prevent vaccine strong-arm tactics towards care staff [UNISON] 2021-02-05

South Africa 'In a queue to die': Nurses work in fear and exhaustion [News24] 2021-02-05

Zimbabwe ‘Many Covid-19 cases going unreported in mining sites’ [New Zimbabwe] 2021-02-05

Zimbabwe ZCTU slams govt for poor Covid-19 social support [New Zimbabwe] 2021-02-05

South Africa / Eastern Cape Provincial government apologises for 'confusion' over jobs of 625 nurses, promises to hire them [News24] 2021-02-05

South Africa / Northern Cape Overworked doctors strike for more staff at hospital [TimesLIVE] 2021-02-04

South Africa Province makes provision to hire doctors, nurses as COVID-19 cases rise [SABC] 2021-02-04

South Africa Health sector likely to encounter issues administering COVID-19 vaccines: SAMA [SABC] 2021-02-04

South Africa Health workers not given clarity on administering COVID-19 vaccine jab: Denosa [SABC] 2021-02-04

Ireland Childcare workers among ‘key’ cohort for vaccine priority, HSE says [Irish Times] 2021-02-04

Ireland SIPTU claims outdoor council staff are being forced to work despite health warnings [Irish Times] 2021-02-04

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Coronavirus: Full school return 'unlikely for some time' [BBC] 2021-02-04

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Reports of people going to work with positive Covid-19 test [Irish Examiner] 2021-02-04

Bangladesh 'Back empty-handed': Bangladeshis cut off from jobs abroad face rising poverty [The Guardian] 2021-02-04

South Africa / Eastern Cape Health Department ends contracts of over 600 nurses while its hospitals remain understaffed [The Star] 2021-02-03

South Africa / Mpumalanga Nehawu to keep close eye on COVID-19 vaccination roll-out [SABC] 2021-02-03

South Africa Honour Cuban doctors & increase salaries for SA health workers - NEHAWU [Eyewitness News] 2021-02-03

South Africa Minerals Council and labour unions form a united front [Mining Review] 2021-02-03

UK RMT statement on Labour’s call for Government to convene transport worker Covid Safety forum [RMT] 2021-02-03

UK Questions need answering on the collapse of Norwegian Air in the UK [BALPA] 2021-02-03

UK Huge demand for self-isolation support sees councils facing big funding shortfall, TUC study reveals [TUC] 2021-02-03

UK Risks - ‘Dire consequences’ if workers aren’t protected better [TUC] 2021-02-03

UK Extend furlough or risk mass unemployment, industry and unions warn Sunak [The Guardian] 2021-02-03

South Africa SAFTU condemns government’s refusal to extend Social Relief of Distress Grants [SAFTU] 2021-02-03

South Africa NEHAWU on the easing of lockdown regulations [Polity] 2021-02-03

South Africa Covid-19 II: We’re not out of the woods yet – NEHAWU [Politicsweb] 2021-02-03

South Africa Nehawu hoping for ‘prompt’ Covid-19 vaccine quality checks [JacarandaFM] 2021-02-03

South Africa Nehawu encourages responsible drinking as alcohol ban is lifted [ANA/IOL] 2021-02-03

South Africa Government needs to ensure that vaccination programme is transparent and not tainted by corruption [COSATU] 2021-02-03

USA Workers in a Pandemic Need More Than Being Told to ‘Just Stay Home’ [USW] 2021-02-03

UK Bradford bus strikes off after agreement reached over drivers’ safety concerns [Unite the union] 2021-02-02

South Africa Back to work for teachers but fears linger: 'Don't rush to open schools, give us more support' [News24] 2021-02-02

USA Join our drive to get farm workers vaccines [UFW] 2021-02-02

South Africa Rural nurses fear being forgotten in vaccine roll-out [Reuters/IOL] 2021-02-02

South Africa / Limpopo Nurses’ unions to embark on protest action over new work roster [SABC] 2021-02-02

South Africa NEHAWU mourns passing of comrade Thozama Mantashe [Polity] 2021-02-01

South Africa Basic Education Dept must allay fears as teachers return to school: sadtu [Power98.7FM] 2021-02-01

South Africa Employers often initiated Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme funding corruption — report [Daily Maverick] 2021-02-01

UK Anger at GE’s ‘financial torpedo’ on workers’ pensions, says Unite [Unite the union] 2021-02-01

UK Police staff must be vaccinated as a priority along with all key workers [GMB] 2021-02-01

Global / Europe IndustriALL and IndustriAll Europe call for justice and solidarity in the fight against Covid-19 [IndustriALL] 2021-02-01

USA / Virginia Virginia board adopts final pandemic-long COVID workplace rules: First in U.S. [Pilot] 2021-02-01

USA Vaccine Hesitancy Among Long-Term Care Facility Workers [NPR] 2021-02-01

Hungary Hungarian restaurant workers protest lockdown restrictions [AP] 2021-02-01

USA / California San Jose, Oakland may require grocers to give ‘hazard pay’ to front line workers [Mercury News] 2021-02-01

USA / New York Union leaders push for jail time for spitting on MTA workers [NYDaily News] 2021-02-01

USA TSA Workers Granted Authority to Enforce Biden’s Mask Mandate [Travel Pulse] 2021-02-01

USA The looming health-care crisis: A shortage of health workers would be disastrous [Conversation] 2021-02-01

UK RMT expresses shock and disgust at Wightlink’s reluctance to take up taxpayer support [RMT] 2021-02-01

UK Blog: The moral case for vaccine access [UNISON] 2021-02-01

UK ​​​​​​​Lowest paid are most likely to have lost income and increased debt in pandemic [TUC] 2021-02-01

South Africa SAMA ‘relieved’ at imminent arrival of Covid-19 vaccine [JacarandaFM] 2021-02-01

USA / New York Cuomo: Black Hospital Workers Lag in Vaccine Acceptance [Spectrum] 2021-02-01

South Africa SAFTU demands urgent vaccine access in SA and global south! [SAFTU] 2021-02-01

USA / New York ‘I Vaccinated Three People:’ NYC Stopped Workers From Giving Out More Shots [New York Intelligencer] 2021-01-31

USA Covid stress ‘driving hundreds of childcare workers to quit profession' [Guardian] 2021-01-31

UK UNISON raises COVID-19 concerns for members at army college [UNISON] 2021-01-31

UK 'Police officers put themselves and their families at risk and deserve to be paid fairly' [polfed] 2021-01-31

UK Covid-19 workplace exposure questionnaire [PCS] 2021-01-31

South Africa 90% of teachers anxious about contracting Covid-19 at school – Survey [The South African] 2021-01-30

USA United Airlines warns thousands of employees that their jobs are again at risk, labor unions seek more government aid [CNBC] 2021-01-30

USA / Minnesota JBS labor union calls for legislation to protect local workers [Globe] 2021-01-30

USA / New York Local EMS workers deal with stress that comes with uptick in COVID cases [Press-Republican] 2021-01-30

USA / Massachusetts Haverhill eyes remote learning classrooms for children of front-line pandemic workers [Eagle-Tribune] 2021-01-30

Zambia / Zimbabwe Gender audits in Zambia and Zimbabwe to protect women’s rights at work [IndustriALL] 2021-01-30

UK Forcing builders onto bikes is dangerous warns Unite, as TfL issues construction worker travel advice [Unite the union] 2021-01-30

UK / Wales NEU Cymru notes plans to open schools for early years [NEU] 2021-01-30

UK Safer working agreement negotiated for Crown staff [CWU] 2021-01-30

UK PCS sets out demands to DVLA and DfT at crunch talks [PCS] 2021-01-30

South Africa / Limpopo 11,000 nurses prepare to strike over roster changes amid Covid [Eyewitness News] 2021-01-30

South Africa Denosa fears nurses may themselves become patients due to trauma, depression of fighting Covid-19 [The Star] 2021-01-30

South Africa Virus hits provinces' school staff hard [SowetanLIVE] 2021-01-30

Zimbabwe ZCTU calls on govt to offer companies Covid-19 stimulus packages [New Zimbabwe] 2021-01-29

UK TUC – Millions lack basic protections if they lose their jobs [TUC] 2021-01-29

UK RMT bus worker survey reveals 'wild west approach' to enforcing Covid-19 safety [RMT] 2021-01-29

UK PCS mythbuster number 1 – no return to austerity [PCS] 2021-01-29

USA Healthcare unions find a voice in the pandemic [New York Times] 2021-01-29

South Africa Take the vaccine as soon as it becomes available – NEHAWU [Politicsweb] 2021-01-28

South Africa NEHAWU statement on unveiling of the phase one inoculation plan [COSATU] 2021-01-28

UK One in three officers faced virus being used as a weapon [polfed] 2021-01-28

UK NEU launches plan for education return and recovery [NEU] 2021-01-28

USA / Minnesota House DFL bill would offer safety protections for meatpacking workers [MPR] 2021-01-28

USA / Oregon Oregon Health Care Workers Vaccinate Stranded Motorists [NPR] 2021-01-28

USA / Pennsylvania For workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, rollout has been confusing and high stakes [Philadelphia Inquirer] 2021-01-28

USA / Virginia Virginia makes its COVID-19 workplace safety regulations permanent [VA Mercury] 2021-01-28

South Africa Nehawu welcomes COVID-19 inoculation plan [News365] 2021-01-28

South Africa Denosa calls for simple, clear vaccine information [eNCA] 2021-01-28

UK CWU to bosses: ‘We will NOT let you destroy the Post Office!’ [CWU] 2021-01-28

UK Survey: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Railway Workers [ASLEF] 2021-01-28

UK Government must use the time schools are closed to make them safer [UNISON] 2021-01-28

UK PCS slam 'misleading' comments from Julie Lennard in Transport Select Committee [PCS] 2021-01-28

USA / Illinois Chicago Public Schools suspends in-person learning as possible teachers strike looms [SFGate] 2021-01-27

USA / California Courts Urged to Do More to Protect Workers as Virus Ravages LA County [Community Legal Aid SoCal] For more info 2021-01-27

USA / California Support COVID Policies To Help Frontline Workers [LA Federation of Workers] 2021-01-27

UK Unite ends BA ‘fire and rehire’ dispute by securing deal to avoid forthcoming cargo strike action [Unite the union] 2021-01-27

South Africa We don’t have enough information about vaccine rollout, says nursing union [IOL] 2021-01-27

UK Aviation sector ‘crying out’ for joined up policies [Unite the union] 2021-01-27

UK Ending Global Travel Taskforce - Beyond A Joke Says Cortes [TSSA] 2021-01-27

South Africa Covid-19 curfew and alcohol ban leave sex workers battling [GroundUp] 2021-01-27

South Africa “Don’t call us heroes”: health workers overwhelmed by Covid-19 want help, not praise [GroundUp] 2021-01-27

South Africa COSATU calls on government and Liquor industry to open dialogue and find compromise to resolve impasse over the alcohol ban in order to save jobs [COSATU] 2021-01-26

UK McCluskey: Fix furlough and extend it, now [Unite the union] 2021-01-26

UK Keeping trains in Scotland running for key workers [ASLEF] 2021-01-26

Brazil Masking Misery: The COVID-19 pandemic and migrant workers in São Paulo's fashion industry [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] 2020-12-03

UK Extend job retention support to end of year before unemployment surges, says TUC [TUC] 2021-01-26

UK Government must look at its own practices to end high security sector Covid deaths [GMB] 2021-01-26

UK RMT Government call over Tyne and Wear Metro [RMT] 2021-01-26

UK Hays Travel shop closures 'sad but inevitable' says TSSA [TSSA] 2021-01-26

UK Covid occupational deaths expose 'huge inequalities' in labour market [TUC] 2021-01-26

UK Calls for key workers to be vaccination priority after ONS Covid figures [Guardian] 2021-01-26

UK Ofsted on Remote Education [NEU] 2021-01-26

UK UNISON demands higher human rights standards in PPE [UNISON] 2021-01-26

South Africa SADTU: School management teams have huge task keeping schools COVID-19 compliant [East Coast Radio] 2021-01-26

USA Most Health Care Workers Disapprove of How Trump, Congress Handled Pandemic: They also had some harsh words for the American public [Morning Consult] 2021-01-25

USA / New York LIRR essential workers begin to receive vaccines [amNY] 2021-01-25

USA / New Mexico Local musician pens song as tribute to healthcare workers [KRQE] 2021-01-25

USA / District of Columbia DC Child Care Workers Ask Officials Not to Push Back Their COVID-19 Vaccinations [NBC] 2021-01-25

USA How we can keep health care workers safe [CNN] 2021-01-25

USA Biden orders OSHA to do more to protect workers from COVID-19 [McKnight's Sr Lvg] 2021-01-25

USA / Massachusetts On the front lines: Lawmakers push for funeral home workers to be vaccinated sooner [Salem News] 2021-01-25

UK Public ‘implored’ to follow Covid rules after death of ‘well-loved and respected’ Brighton bus driver [Unite the union] 2021-01-25

UK Devastating ONS workplace Covid death figures demand immediate response [GMB] 2021-01-25

UK Strike ballot in Manchester bus drivers fire and rehire dispute [Unite the union] 2021-01-25

UK Wilko attacks keyworker heroes by cutting sick pay [GMB] 2021-01-25

South Africa More lost jobs under Covid-19 [Business Report] 2021-01-25

UK COVID-19 deaths and illness - RMT warns 'complacent and callous' approach [RMT] 2021-01-25

South Africa Teacher unions and Basic Education Department on a collision course over WHO’s Covid recommendation [Saturday Star] 2021-01-24

South Africa Government continues to ignore alcohol sector – FAWU [The Citizen] 2021-01-24

South Africa Solidarity challenges minister Motshekga’s authority to keep private schools closed [The Citizen] 2021-01-24

Ireland Teachers to seek 'assurances' on safety of schools before any return to classrooms [The Journal] 2021-01-24

Ireland Hospitals continued to vaccinate admin staff despite being told to prioritise frontline workers [Irish Post] 2021-01-24

UK Unite calls on First Bus Bannockburn to close depot as Covid outbreak spreads [Unite the union] 2021-01-24

USA / Massachusetts Mass. Funeral Home Workers, Teachers Pushing To Be Added To Phase 1 Of COVID Vaccination Plan [CBS] 2021-01-24

USA / Ohio AFGE and veterans protest closure of acute care facilities at Veterans Affairs Met Ctr [FOX] 2021-01-24

South Africa ANC, Cosatu, SACP call for government to accelerate vaccine rollout [JacarandaFM] 2021-01-24

South Africa / Eastern Cape Concerns amid rising Covid-19 cases at St Albans prison [SowetanLIVE] 2021-01-24

USA President Issues Executive Order on Increased Worker Safety During Pandemic [SHRM] 2021-01-24

USA Biden Asks OSHA to Consider COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules [PEW] 2021-01-23

USA / Virginia VA AFL-CIO Touts “Huge Win for Workers” as State “Enacts First Permanent Workplace Virus Protection Standards in the Nation” [Blue VA] 2021-01-23

USA / Washington Additional hazard pay for Seattle grocery workers could soon be law [KIRO] 2021-01-23

USA / California Rise in assaults on Santa Clara County medical workers amid pandemic [KCBS] 2021-01-23

USA United Airlines Looks to Require Employees to Get Covid-19 Vaccines [WSJ] 2021-01-23

USA / Iowa Unions file OSHA complaint over lack of mask mandate at Iowa State Capitol [We are IA] 2021-01-23

USA / Illinois Chicago teachers begin vote to defy order to return to class [Jrnl Star] 2021-01-23

USA / Washington Washington grocery workers want 'hazard pay' back as COVID-19 cases keep rising [KING] 2021-01-23

USA / Alabama Amazon Requests In-Person Union Vote in Covid-Hit AL [Bloomberg] 2021-01-23

USA / New Mexico Union promotes vaccine as some New Mexico health workers decline shots [Santa Fe New Mexican] 2021-01-23

USA United Airlines CEO wants to make Covid vaccines mandatory for employees — and encourages other companies to do the same [CNBC] 2021-01-23

USA AGMA President Calls Upon Biden-Harris Administration for Arts Relief [Opera Wire] 2021-01-23

South Africa Survey reveals 90% of teachers scared of contracting virus at school [Kempton Express] 2021-01-23

UK Stronger action needed as thousands of emergency workers assaulted [GMB] 2021-01-23

UK UNISON calls on Environment Agency to strengthen its health and safety measures [UNISON] 2021-01-23

UK Only move maternity staff as last resort, Royal Colleges urge hospital CEOs [RCM] 2021-01-23

UK RCN calls for higher level precautionary PPE and tells government to ‘stop dragging its feet’ [RCN] 2021-01-23

USA / Iowa Unions file OSHA complaint over lack of mask mandate at Iowa State Capitol [WQAD] 2021-01-23

USA / Illinois Chicago Teachers Are Voting on Whether to Defy Monday's Reopening Order [Labor Notes] 2021-01-23

South Africa Nurses battling anxiety, depression: Denosa [eNCA] 2021-01-22

UK Minsters must wake up to the Covid threat in nurseries [UNISON] 2021-01-22

UK https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jan/22/low-paid-workers-in-uk-more-than-twice-as-likely-to-lose-job-in-pandemic?utm_term=77833cbda5d3aa49384917a1fb7b2466&utm_campaign=BusinessToday&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=bustoday_email [The Guardian] 2021-01-22

UK 'Despicable in a pandemic': fury as 10 UK universities plan job cuts [Guardian] 2021-01-22

South Africa / Northern Cape 'Health institutions need more nurses' [OFM] 2021-01-22

Ireland HSA report 50pc of employers have breached Covid rules since May [Newstalk] 2021-01-21

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Covid-19: Unison 'not opposed' to military help [BBC] 2021-01-21

Ireland Confusion continues over vaccine priority list [Irish Examiner] 2021-01-21

Ireland Healthcare assistants most at-risk of contracting Covid-19, study finds [Irish Times] 2021-01-21

Ireland Minister urged by Government TDs to enter media blackout on reopening special schools [Irish Times] 2021-01-21

USA / New York New York child protective services worker was ‘guiding light’ during pandemic [AFSCME] 2021-01-21

USA COVID-19 Outbreak Lingers At Pekin Prison; ACLU Monitoring Prison Facilities [WCBU] 2021-01-21

UK Impasse as housing association presses ahead with routine repairs, despite Covid-19 fears [Unite the union] 2021-01-21

UK Gavin Williamson on wider reopening of schools and colleges [NEU] 2021-01-21

USA The Biden Plan for Full Participation and Equality for People With Disabilities [Joe Biden] 2021-01-21

South Africa Teachers voice their concerns about second wave and new variant – survey results [Engineering News] 2021-01-21

South Africa / Cuba Cuban doctors still deployed, but not worth the money says SAMA [The Citizen] 2021-01-21

South Africa Union calls on universities not to abuse workers by calling them back to unsafe campuses [Cape Argus] 2021-01-21

South Africa / Gauteng Staff to return once Centurion hotel reopens [Pretoria Rekord] 2021-01-21

South Africa / Free State Qualified nurses remain unemployed during #Coronavirus pandemic [OFM] 2021-01-21

Somalia Somalia: How businesses are coping with the Covid-19 crisis, incl. wage reduction & layoffs [World Bank Blogs] 2021-01-21

Kenya Kenya: Union sues Vegpro for allegedly dismissing 970 workers for exercising right to protest [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] 2021-01-21

Ethiopia Ethiopia: Garment workers report pay cuts, unpaid & forced overtime at Indochine Apparel and KGG Garments factories; Incl. brands' responses [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] 2021-01-21

UK Covid absence rate higher for school support staff than teachers [GMB] 2021-01-21

USA The Challenges Posed By COVID-19 Pushed Many Workers to Strike. Will the Labor Movement See Sustained Interest? [Time] 2021-01-21

Peru Covid-19 Live Updates: Peru’s Doctors Stage Hunger Strike to Protest Lack of Equipment [NYTimes] 2021-01-21

South Africa Halt lay-offs, unions demand [The Mercury] 2021-01-20

South Africa / Mpumalanga Health workers depleted and unprotected [New Frame] 2021-01-20

UK DfE stats reveal high level of COVID infections among school staff [UNISON] 2021-01-20

USA Survey Finds 15% of US Healthcare Workers Refuse to Take COVID-19 Vaccine [ContagionLive] 2021-01-20

USA Remote workers, millions strong thanks to COVID, have enormous economic power; MakeMyMove.com helps them harness it [Elkhart Truth] 2021-01-20

USA / Massachusetts MA now tracking COVID testing and case data among commercial sex workers [Mass Live] 2021-01-20

UK Unite Scotland welcomes decision by Scottish government to change taxi driver grant [Unite the union] 2021-01-20

UK UPS accused of recklessly endangering drivers due to cash on delivery demands [Unite the union] 2021-01-20

UK Unite calls on 2 Sisters food group to provide full pay for self-isolating workers at Coupar Angus [Unite the union] 2021-01-20

UK TSSA Demands Government Action To Save Eurostar [TSSA] 2021-01-20

UK NHS pay review must give frontline workers pay justice after decade of cuts [GMB] 2021-01-20

UK RCM calls for ‘a decent pay deal’ amid staffing shortages, fears for safety low morale and burnout [RCM] 2021-01-20

UK Usdaw campaign wins protection for Scottish shopworkers [USDAW] 2021-01-20

South Africa / Global DENOSA urges government to pay attention to ICN's latest report on concerning mass trauma experienced by global nursing workforce [COSATU] 2021-01-19

South Africa / KwaZulu-Natal Edendale hospital loses nine staff to Covid-19 in one week, says NEHAWU [GroundUp] 2021-01-19

Ireland Failure to reassure teachers before special schools reopening a 'calamity', says Cork TD [Irish Examiner] 2021-01-19

Ireland 'Tension' building between parents and teachers over special education return, says Labour [Irish Examiner] 2021-01-19

Ireland 'No moves' to shift teachers further up vaccine list [RTÉ] 2021-01-19

UK NUJ disappointed by suspension of travel exemptions for journalists [NUJ] 2021-01-19

Thailand / Myanmar Myanmar’s Migrants Face Discrimination Amid Surging COVID-19 in Thailand [The Irrawaddy] 2021-01-09

Global Vaccines for all migrant workers [BWI] 2021-01-19

South Africa Eskom can't blame Covid-19 for power cuts - COSATU [Eyewitness News] 2021-01-19

South Africa FEDUSA calls for moratorium on retrenchments amid level 3 restrictions [Eyewitness News] 2021-01-19

UK Continuing prisoner transfer and jury trials putting workers at risk [GMB] 2021-01-19

UK Housing association presses ahead with routine repairs, despite Covid-19 fears [Unite the union] 2021-01-19

UK More than 1 in 4 children across the UK are growing up trapped in poverty [NEU] 2021-01-19

UK Ministers must deliver a long-term plan for the social care sector [UNISON] 2021-01-19

UK Prime minister urged to speed up NHS pay rise as public backs the move [Unite the union] 2021-01-18

UK Pay rise immediately would reassure undervalued staff to stay in NHS [UNISON] 2021-01-18

UK PCS pressure leads to strengthening of work from home message [PCS] 2021-01-18

South Africa Contract nurses facing exploitation while agencies get rich, says union Denosa [Cape Talk ] 2021-01-18

UK RCN urges prime minister to speed up NHS pay rise as poll shows public in favour [RCN] 2021-01-18

USA How Biden’s Proposed Paid Leave Would Work [NYTimes] 2021-01-18

USA / New York Union calls for more police in transit system as assaults on workers rise despite drop in ridership [CBS] 2021-01-18

USA / Minnesota COVID sparks more job protection for workers [StarTribune] 2021-01-18

USA / Minnesota Tentative contract agreement gives Minnesota home care workers a 15 percent raise [MPR] 2021-01-18

USA The Challenges Posed By COVID-19 Pushed Many Workers to Strike. Will the Labor Movement See Sustained Interest? [Time] 2021-01-18

USA Who is ‘essential’? Food and farm workers left in limbo in vaccine priorities [Politico] 2021-01-18

USA The Challenges Posed By COVID-19 Pushed Many Workers to Strike. Will the Labor Movement See Sustained Interest? [Time] 2021-01-18

South Africa Mining industry to support Covid-19 vaccine rollout [Reuters/DispatchLIVE] 2021-01-17

South Africa Take care of us so we can take care of our people, says Denosa [Lowvelder] 2021-01-17

South Africa / KwaZulu-Natal Denosa lambastes Health Department’s response to Covid-19 crisis [Daily News] 2021-01-17

South Africa Fears for health and safety of Social Security Agency workers and beneficiaries as long queues pose virus threat [IOL] 2021-01-17

UK RMT calls for urgent action to prevent Eurostar collapse [RMT] 2021-01-17

USA / Massachusetts Workers asked to return 'extra' benefits [Moultrie Observer] 2021-01-17

UK BALPA reaction to Government announcement of support for airports [BALPA] 2021-01-17

UK Pressure on staff ‘unsustainable’ as nurse to patient ratios diluted to meet demand [RCN] 2021-01-17

UK / Scotland Members furious as Scottish government maintains green light to non-essential construction [Unite the union] 2021-01-17

UK 'Better Late Than Never' Says TSSA On New Travel Rules [TSSA] 2021-01-16

South Africa SADTU statement on reopening of schools [COSATU] 2021-01-16

UK Welsh Government delivers on Usdaw calls for improved safety measures in stores [USDAW] 2021-01-16

UK BALPA wins major legal victory against Ryanair over ‘blacklisting’ [BALPA] 2021-01-16

South Africa Healthcare workers employed in units they aren’t qualified for – SAMA [The Citizen] 2021-01-16

UK Govt recognition of domestic abuse impact at work welcomed [GMB] 2021-01-16

UK RMT pledges national fight for COVID-safe working on Britain's railways [RMT] 2021-01-16

South Africa Mining industry to support Covid-19 vaccine rollout [City Press] 2021-01-16

UK BALPA response to Government announcement on closure of travel corridors [BALPA] 2021-01-16

UK Fire service bosses pull out of Covid-19 agreement [FBU] 2021-01-16

South Africa Police union concerned at rising number of Covid-19 infections [Pretoria News] 2021-01-16

UK DfE Consultation on Awarding Grades [NEU] 2021-01-16

South Africa NEHAWU concerned about health and safety of beneficiaries and workers due to influx to Social Security Agency offices [Polity] 2021-01-16

South Africa Covid-19: Sadtu backs keeping schools closed for now, minister to brief nation today [News24] 2021-01-16

Ireland Financial union criticises refusal by Government to make face coverings mandatory for customers [RTÉ] 2021-01-15

Ireland Call for ‘coherent approach’ in roll-out of vaccine for food processing workers [AgriLand] 2021-01-15

Ireland Staff being asked to go into the workplace unnecessarily, SIPTU says [Irish Times] 2021-01-15

USA Instacart, Trader Joe’s, Dollar General plan financial incentives to encourage workers to get vaccinated [MarketWatch] 2021-01-15

USA How COVID Effect on Workers’ Compensation Claims Has Varied by State, Industry [Insurance Jrnl] 2021-01-15

USA These Companies Are Paying Workers To Get Vaccinated [Forbes] 2021-01-15

USA / South Carolina SC first responders push for COVID-19 compensation [WLTX] 2021-01-15

USA Dollar General to pay workers to get COVID-19 vaccine in retail first [East Bay Times] 2021-01-15

South Africa NEHAWU concerned about corruption in Africa as millions more vaccines are on the way [JacarandaFM] 2021-01-15

South Africa We hope for comprehensive roll-out plan of Covid vaccines – NEHAWU [Politicsweb] 2021-01-15

UK UNISON urges government to stop meter readings [UNISON] 2021-01-15

South Africa Teacher union welcomes proposal to pause reopening schools [The Citizen] 2021-01-14

South Africa Labour unions condemn use of surgical masks for prolonged periods [SABC] 2021-01-14

South Africa Unions seek moratorium on all retrenchments [Business Report] 2021-01-14

South Africa 'One life lost, is one too many': Transport union saddened by the loss of members to Covid-19 [News24] 2021-01-14

South Africa Covid-19: Long tightly packed queues outside labour department [GroundUp] 2021-01-14

South Africa / KwaZulu-Natal Calls for transparency in how province manages Covid-19 [New Frame] 2021-01-14

UK Norwegian Air job losses ‘another devastating blow’ for Gatwick [Unite the union] 2021-01-14

UK Norwegian Air redundancies are yet more devastating news for the air transport industry [BALPA] 2021-01-14

UK Minister steps up pressure on UK firms over home working [Guardian] 2021-01-14

UK Banking union calls for face coverings to be mandatory in bank branches [Unite the union] 2021-01-14

South Africa Health workers call for training in Covid vax [Daily World] 2021-01-14

South Africa EUSA calls for matric markers to receive Covid-19 vaccine [Daily News] 2021-01-14

UK CWU Response To Complaints About Mail Delays [CWU] 2021-01-14

UK Santander blasted for misjudgement in otherwise well-intended Covid response [CWU] 2021-01-14

UK Teachers top priority in next vaccine phase [NEU] 2021-01-14

UK Unions have become stronger during pandemic [Morning Star] 2021-01-14

UK TUC poll: 7 in 10 requests for furlough turned down for working mums [TUC] 2021-01-14

South Africa Unions, parent bodies are against pupils returning to schools on January 27 [The Mercury] 2021-01-13

South Africa / KwaZulu-Natal Health HOD allegedly warned about Wentworth Hospital crisis [Daily News] 2021-01-13


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