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Updated: Wednesday 2 December 2020, 20:41:07
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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

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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

UK RMT calls for urgent support for Eurostar [RMT] 2020-11-25

UK Almost 60% of staff report covid outbreaks in their school [GMB] 2020-11-25

India As India Readies For COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, One Crore Healthcare Workers Will Get It First [Indiatimes] 2020-11-25

UK Sheffield couriers strike [Workers'liberty] 2020-11-25

UK Zero Covid Campaign [ASLEF] 2020-11-25

South Africa / Northern Cape Search for last miner trapped at Gamsberg goes on [Mining Weekly] 2020-11-24

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Civil service sick leave costs £169m in five years [Irish Times] 2020-11-24

UK / Ireland / Northern Ireland Sickness levels at councils are 'straining services' [BBC] 2020-11-24

UK Trade Unions demand end to violence against women, in work and in society [TUC] 2020-11-24

UK Usdaw petition tops 80K after a Respect for Shopworkers Week boost [USDAW] 2020-11-24

UK Unionlearn returns £13 for every £1 spent, says TUC-commissioned study [Morning Star] 2020-11-24

Canada / Ontario UWindsor study reveals toll of COVID-19 on Ontario health-care workers [CBC] 2020-11-24

Canada / Ontario Unions fire back at LHSC boss's 'shaming' over COVID-19 protocol lapses [Canada.com] 2020-11-24

Canada / British Columbia Health-care workers plead for public to follow COVID-19 orders [CBC] 2020-11-24

USA Nurses’ union warns of hospital stresses amid COVID-19 surge [Al Jazeera] 2020-11-24

Canada International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Governments must act on domestic violence [NUPGE] 2020-11-24

Australia / New South Wales Government announces taskforce to investigate food delivery deaths [The Guardian] 2020-11-24

Australia The Transport Workers Union has called for the federal government to act after the death of a fifth food delivery rider in just 2 months [Business Insider] 2020-11-24

Australia / New South Wales Four delivery riders die on Sydney roads in three months in 'massive crisis' for gig economy [ABC] 2020-11-24

India / Punjab 10 workers have narrow escape after fire breaks out in Ludhiana godown [HT] 2020-11-23

UK Urgent action needed to protect firefighters from cancer, scientists find [FBU] 2020-11-23

Ireland Employers who ban staff from office for not getting vaccine on ‘shaky’ legal ground – expert [Irish Independent] 2020-11-23

Ireland Unions ‘gravely concerned’ after 550 healthcare workers are signed off over COVID contacts [Extra.ie] 2020-11-23

UK Call for ‘czar’ to break PPE logjam in supply chain [Unite the union] 2020-11-23

Canada / Newfoundland and Labrador NLTA Calling for Mandatory Face Masks in Schools as Cases Rise [VOCM] 2020-11-23

Canada / Newfoundland and Labrador Woman Behind RCMP Workplace Harassment Lawsuit Says Needed Changes May Have to Come From Union [VOCM] 2020-11-23

Canada / British Columbia Teachers enlist parents' help amid growing COVID-19 concerns [CTV] 2020-11-23

Australia 'A tragedy and a crisis': Fourth delivery worker dies in Australia in past two months [SBS] 2020-11-23

Australia Another food delivery worker has been killed, bringing the death toll in Australia to five in two months [SBS] 2020-11-23

Australia Union leader says COVID-19 has ‘exposed’ danger of casualised work force [3AW] 2020-11-23

Australia United Workers Union applauds Victorian Government changes for casual workers – calls on the Federal Government to do more [UWU] 2020-11-23


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