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Updated: Saturday 5 December 2020, 19:42:54
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Portugal Teachers in high-risk groups need improved conditions and options [Education International] 2020-12-05

New Zealand Auckland port fined over driver's preventable death [Radio New Zealand] 2020-12-05

South Africa SAMA concerned about overworked health workers ahead of festive season [JacarandaFM] 2020-12-05

Global Unions want workers’ mental health prioritised [BWI] 2020-12-05

Canada Coverup allegation in deadly B.C. train crash prompts calls for Trudeau, RCMP to intervene [CBC] 2020-12-05

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Canada / Ontario Six Cargill workers sent home Friday after testing positive for COVID-19 [Today] 2020-12-05

UK Women could be pushed into poverty by proposed new rules curbing where carers can work [The Independent] 2020-12-05

USA / Illinois Nursing home workers enter 2nd week of strike for better wages, hazard pay, PPE [Yahoo] 2020-12-05

Jamaica Household workers union head bats for stronger sexual harassment law [The Gleaner] 2020-12-05

New Zealand Petition: Stop the prosecution of the helicoptor pilots who saved lives on Whakaari/White Island [Change.org] 2020-12-04

UK Royal College of Nursing responds to approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine [RCN] 2020-12-04

South Africa Nursing union welcomes extension of contracts for Covid-19 health-care workers [IOL] 2020-12-04

Canada / New Brunswick Health care staff at odds with NB government over surgical masks [CUPE] 2020-12-04

Canada / Manitoba New wage support program is welcome news – Manitoba’s crisis in care still needs urgent action like paid sick days [CUPE] 2020-12-04

Canada / Ontario With Ontario health care staff COVID-19 infections rising, study finds they worked under distress, feeling “sacrificed” and violated [CUPE] 2020-12-04

UK Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK) statement on the fatalities caused by the explosion at Wessex Water, Avonmouth [Hazards Campaign] 2020-12-04

Canada / New Brunswick 'Many' health-care workers working at more than one nursing home during pandemic, says CUPE [CBC] 2020-12-04

Australia Relatives of workers killed on the job speak in Canberra to push for nation-wide industrial manslaughter laws [ACTU] 2020-12-04

UK TUC: Don’t repeat mistakes of Test and Trace by outsourcing Covid-19 vaccine programme [TUC] 2020-12-03

Canada / Saskatchewan Outbreak declared at Saskatoon Canada Post processing site [The Star-Phoenix] 2020-12-03

Canada / Manitoba Province 'not leading by example,' with too many Manitoba civil servants not working remotely: union [CBC] 2020-12-03

Armenia Of the Effectiveness of the Prevention Measures, Actions of Labour Administration in Ensuring Workplace Safety Measures to Protect Workers Health and Safety [PDF] [Confederation of Trade Unions of Armenia] 2020-12-03

UK International Day of the Disabled 2020 [NUJ] 2020-12-03

UK Second Bakkavor worker dies amid Marks & Spencer supplier factory Covid outbreak [GMB] 2020-12-03

UK Avonmouth explosion: hearts go out to families of Wessex Water members [GMB] 2020-12-03

UK Unite statement on Avonmouth explosion [Unite] 2020-12-03

UK Waste water explosion causes multiple injuries and four confirmed fatalities [Morning Star] 2020-12-03

UK Trade unions fear potential removal of clause in Spycops bill [Morning Star] 2020-12-03

UK NHS staff no longer at front of queue for Covid vaccine after rethink [The Guardian] 2020-12-03

Ireland Principals say staff are burnt out from dealing with Covid pressures [Irish Examiner] 2020-12-03

USA / USA / Minnesota Covid, The Pandemic and The War On Healthcare Workers: MN NNU Nurse Steward Willmeng Speaks Out [LVP] For more info 2020-12-03

USA USWNT and U.S. Soccer agree to proposed settlement on working conditions [CBS] 2020-12-02

UK 'Keep your cool' follow the rules and respect retail staff [USDAW] 2020-12-02

UK Black Friday and Cyber Monday are placing retail and logistics workers under extraordinary pressure [TUC] 2020-12-02

UK 'lockdown coronavirus has continued to increase amongst school age children' [NEU] 2020-12-02

UK The mishandling of Covid has created a social epidemic - widespread poverty [Guardian] 2020-12-02

Australia Union push to improve delivery riders’ pay and conditions after five deaths in two months [The Guardian] 2020-12-02

Global Plea to remember stranded seafarers during holiday season [Lloyd's List] 2020-12-02

UK Worker dies amid Covid-19 outbreak at Bakkavor factory [GMB] 2020-12-01

Ireland Traffic ‘significantly busier’ as State exits second lockdown [RTÉ] 2020-12-01

Ireland SIPTU supports decision to keep third level lectures online for rest of academic year [SIPTU] 2020-12-01

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Threats to journalists slammed [Belfast Telegraph] 2020-12-01

Canada / New Brunswick Shannex employee sent home with COVID-like symptoms was called back to work, union alleges [CBC] 2020-12-01

Canada / Saskatchewan 'People are scared': Saskatoon mail facility sees rash of COVID-19 cases [The Star-Phoenix] 2020-12-01

Canada / Saskatchewan COVID-19 cases rise to 142 at Saskatoon jail, daily temperature checks added for staff: union [CTV] 2020-12-01

Canada / Nova Scotia 2 Halifax Transit drivers refuse work, renewing call for mask enforcement [CBC] 2020-12-01

Australia / Queensland Sexual harassment, poor infection controls, understaffing – Workers’ extraordinary claims about unsafe practices in Queensland’s COVID testing clinics [UWU] 2020-12-01

Canada / Ontario Pandemic layoffs: United Steelworkers 1998 [The Varsity] 2020-11-30

Canada / Alberta Over 3,200 COVID-19 claims made to Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta since March [Global] 2020-11-30

Canada / Saskatchewan COVID-19 cases at Saskatoon Correctional Centre climb to 128 [CBC] 2020-11-30

UK RMT calls for robust enforcement of COVID rules on buses [RMT] 2020-11-30

Canada / Manitoba Nurse with COVID-19 believes expired masks put her at risk [CBC] 2020-11-30

Cuba The Right to Live in Health and Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution [Nacla] 2020-11-30

UK Food factories could be Covid-19 “super spreaders” this Christmas, warns TUC [TUC] 2020-11-30

New Zealand Safer sick leave a step closer [NZCTU-Te Kauae Kamahi] 2020-11-30

Europe European women workers join 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence [BWI] 2020-11-29

Australia Delivery riders’ deaths put spotlight on the insecurity of working in the gig economy [The New Daily] 2020-11-29

UK Journalists again threatened by loyalist paramilitaries [NUJ] 2020-11-29

UK RMT calls for urgent meeting with Sir Peter Hendy to discuss Christmas transport plans [RMT] 2020-11-29

UK Trauma and Hidden Disability [ASLEF] 2020-11-29

Canada This Black Friday, Think About the Workers, Not the Deals [CUPW] 2020-11-29

Canada / New Brunswick Statement on the sentencing of NB man who brutally assaulted two nurses. [CFNU] 2020-11-29

Canada Driving a hard bargain – How COVID-19 has changed things [IAMAW] 2020-11-29

Canada / Saskatchewan Province needs to do more than just consider a work-from-home policy [NUPGE] 2020-11-29

Canada NDP joins UFCW Canada in calling for further action on enhanced safety measures in food processing sector [UFCW Canada] 2020-11-29

Canada / British Columbia Unifor calls for additional transit security to enforce mask requirement [Unifor] 2020-11-29

UK Meet The Anti-Regulation Groups Influencing Post-Brexit Trade Policy [Desmog UK] 2020-11-28

Global RadioLabour's World Report for the week November 22 to 27, 2020 - Violence against women in transportation [RadioLabour] 2020-11-28

Canada / New Brunswick Healthcare staff at odds with NB government over surgical masks [CUPE] 2020-11-28

UK NEU demand that clinically extremely vulnerable staff should work from home [NEU] 2020-11-28

UK NUJ calls for harsher penalties for repeated attacks on journalists [NUJ] 2020-11-28

UK Schools and colleges need much stronger safety measures [NEU] 2020-11-28

USA New York Health Care Workers Are Worried Amid Another COVID-19 Spike [NPR] 2020-11-28

Ireland Paramilitary threat made against journalist working for Belfast paper [RTÉ] 2020-11-27

UK Report casts doubt on UK pledge to prevent low-quality food imports [The Guardian] 2020-11-27

Malaysia Malaysia reassures on supply after world's largest latex glove maker shuts factories [Thomson Reuters] 2020-11-27

Mexico Red tape, bad data and bribes endanger Mexico's workers [Thomson Reuters] 2020-11-27

Global COVID-19 in Cold Environments: risks in meat processing plants [IUF] 2020-11-27

Canada / Ontario Front-line workers in Ontario feel “sacrificed” and violated through the COVID-19 pandemic [Today] 2020-11-27

UK UK Spycops Were A 'Criminal Enterprise Condoned at the Highest Levels', Inquiry Participant Says [Sputnik] 2020-11-27

South Africa Minister Mantashe concerned at multiple deaths as mining sector fails to reduce fatalities in 2020 [MiningMX] 2020-11-27

South Africa COSATU continues rallying behind workers with disabilities [ThisAbility] 2020-11-26

South Africa SATAWU condemns burning, hijacking of trucks [East Coast Radio] 2020-11-26

Ireland Switching off: Do workers have a 'right to disconnect'? [RTÉ] 2020-11-26

Ireland Minister to announce survey of harassment and bullying in higher education institutions [RTÉ] 2020-11-26

Ireland Social workers 'targeted' in online abuse [Irish Examiner] 2020-11-26

Ireland SIPTU calls for Government action on dangerous conditions in meat processing industry [SIPTU] 2020-11-26

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland NUJ condemns new threat to journalist [NUJ] 2020-11-26

Georgia Metro train drivers union: majority of Tbilisi Metro employees have tested positive for COVID-19 [Agenda.ge] 2020-11-26

Latin America Solidarity and trade union cooperation to mitigate COVID impact in the entertainment sector of the Americas [UNI Global Union] 2020-11-26

Canada / Manitoba Unions, families raise PPE concerns after COVID-19 outbreak at Brandon care home [CBC] 2020-11-26

Canada / British Columbia Nurses' union calls for better access to PPE as Fraser Health battles large COVID-19 outbreak at Burnaby Hospital [CTV] 2020-11-26

Canada / Manitoba Son fears COVID-19 spread after home-care staff ordered to also work in Winnipeg nursing homes [CBC] 2020-11-26

Denmark Consent law leaves sex workers out in the cold [Deutsche Welle] 2020-11-26

Australia Unions call for urgent action on delivery rider deaths [Green Left Weekly] 2020-11-26

Australia The family of a delivery rider who died on the job is calling for a gig economy overhaul [SBS] 2020-11-26

Australia / New South Wales Loophole leaves families of killed food delivery riders without compensation [News.com] 2020-11-26

Ireland Health workers to get premium pay when out sick due to Covid-19 [Irish Independent] 2020-11-25

Ireland Most meat plant workers not paid sick leave, survey reveals [Irish Times] 2020-11-25

UK Shockingly poor government planning left health and care staff vulnerable to the virus [UNISON] 2020-11-25


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