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LabourStart's Photo of the Day Archive - 2022


20220103 : In late October and early November the Democracy and Workers Rights Centre - Palestine conducted a workshop for Gaza workplace organizers. This was the third such workshop it has conducted with the title “Gender equality in the world of work – fundamental rights, ILO standards and domestic laws”. (Photo: DWRC) Click here for more union news from Palestine.


20220110 : This past fall, in the midst of the pandemic, 22,000 public sector workers in the Canadian province of New Brunswick struck to gain a wage increase and to protect their pensions. (Photo: CUPE) Click here for more union news from Canada.


20220117 : Stuart Delivery couriers, members of the IWGB, have restarted the longest ever strike in the UK’s gig economy on 10 January, with picket lines returning to McDonald’s restaurants every day this week, after a hiatus over the Christmas holidays. (Photo: Brave New Europe) Click here for more union news from the UK.


20220124 : Members of the Free Trade Zone & General Services Employees Union of Sri Lanka have remained active during the pandemic. They have taken on offensive employer behaviour, including strip searches of workers entering and leaving a so-called free trade zone, and recently won a global supply chain agreement in concert with other unions. (Photo: IndustriALL)
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20220131 : Early Monday morning 200 workers, members of the Birlesik Metal-İŞ (United Metalworkers’ Union), were arrested during a protest in which the workers were demanding the recognition of their union and the return of workers who had been sacked for their union membership. The workers had occupied their workplace and under police pressure retreated to the roof where they were harassed by drones before being removed by hundreds of police (Photo: Anon.)
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20220207 : With support from Canadian, USian and global trade unions, Mexican autoworkers last week voted overwhelmingly for a new union. The Sindicato Independente Nacional de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de la Industria Automotriz (SINTTIA) won a crushing majority, with 76 per cent of the workers voting to replace the CTM-affiliated union which had been accused of being better at representing General Motors than the workers there. (Photo: IndustriALL)
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20220214 : FESAHT members celebrate their victory in a fight to win a substantial wage increase. Like these Portuguese workers, healthcare staff around the world are fighting for recognition and compensation for their work since the pandemic struck. (Photo: CGTP)
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20220221 : Brazilian union centre the CUT has launched a national campaign to create local "Committees to Struggle in Defence of the Working Class, for Life and Democracy”. The committees will organize workers on a regional basis in the face of the Bolsonaro regime and in anticipation of national elections later this year. (Photo: CUT)
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20220228 : This year on IWD Spain's CNT is organizing to focus attention on women domestic workers. The same workers are the focus of a joint LabourStart-International Domestic Workers Federation webinar on 8 March. (Photo: CNT)
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20220307 : Hotel workers in Vancouver, members of UNITE-HERE 40, are continuing their fight to reverse the sacking of 100 workers, 94 of them women of colour, early in the pandemic. (Photo: IUF)
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20220314 : A solidarity mission carrying half a ton of humanitarian aid for Ukrainian journalists left Athens on 9 March, headed by Maria Antoniadou, the President of the Journalists' Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN). The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) praised the ”incredible show of solidarity” by JUADN who organized the mission in collaboration with the Unified Journalists Organization of Subsidiary Insurance and Health Care (EDOEAP) and supported by the Panhellenic Federation of Journalists Unions (PFJU). (Photo: IFJ)
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20220321 : Through much of the pandemic unions in Uruguay have been mobilizing workers to vote yes in a national referendum on 27 March. The referendum is the result of a campaign by the PIT-CNT union federation which saw almost 700,000 people sign a petition in support. It seeks to repeal the ruling right-wing government's 'Law of Urgent Consideration' which restricts may civil rights, including the right to strike, and which gives the police the power to end strikes and protests of any kind. (Photo: PIT-CNT)
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20220328 : Indian trade unions have united to organize a 2-day national general strike against the privatization policies of the Hindu nationalist BJP government. Millions of workers are participating. Here LabourStart supporter Meena Patel of the KSSS and the Bandhkam Mazdoor Vikas Sangh (Construction and Industrial Workers Security and Development Union) speaks with the BBC about why Indian workers are so opposed to the economic policies of the Modi regime. (Photo: M. Upadhyaya)
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20220404 : Turkish workers, members of Enerji-Sen Union, including Chairman Süleyman Keskin, were detained by police on 30&31 March and 1 April whilst picketing outside the headquarters of E.ON-EnerjiSA. They were protesting unjest dismissals, poor working conditions and union-busting. The union represents contract and other precariously employed workers in the energy sector. (Photo: DISK)
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20220411 : With Rana Plaza Murder Day approaching (24 April), the National Garment workers Federation of Bangladesh is holding a series of events all this month. This "Rana Plaza, Tazreen - Never Again" rally was held on 1 April. 0n 24 April 2013, 1134 workers, most of them women, died when the Dhaka factory they were working in collapsed. (Photo: NGWF)
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20220418 : One of Spain's most storied unions, the CNT, recently launched a national campaign to organize building cleaners and domestic workers using the slogan "It's up to the cleaners to clean up bad practices". Among other things, the campaigns aims to enforce reasonable hours of work and end gender-based harassment. (Photo: CNT)
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20220424 : 24 April is 'Rana Plaza Murder Day' for garment workers in Bangladesh. On that date in 2013, 1134 workers died in the worst act of industrial murder in modern history. Each year the National Garment Workers Federation marks the anniversary with marches, rallies and memorials. (Photo: NGWF)
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20220502 : On 19 April a new wave of repression against independent trade unions in Belarus began. The state security agency, the KGB, arrested most of the leadership of the Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP). Despite a severe political crackdown, the BKDP has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On May Day workers around the world, like these in Berlin, called for an end to the attacks on trade unions in Belarus and for the release of those arrest last month. (Photo: Anon.)
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20220509 : Trade unions in Iceland, as in many countries around the world, celebrated May Day with marches, picnics, rallies and festivals. Here members of BSRB, the principal public sector union in Iceland, march behind their band in a parade through the streets of Reykjavik. (Photo: BSRB)
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20220516 : Last week Sri Lanka's trade unions called for a national general strike against not only government economic policy but also the banning of trade union activity in large segments of the economy and a 'shoot to kill' order aimed at ending weeks of popular protests. (Photo: IndustriALL)
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20220523 : Each 20 May trade unions and other civil society organizations in Uruguay unite in the annual Marcha del Silencio or Silent March. The event is a reminder that many victims of the country's military dictatorship were disappeared without a trace and participants demand justice for them and for their families. This year the SMU, Uruguay's medical doctors union, displayed photos of the disappeared on its office in Montevideo (Photo: SMU)
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20220530 : Last week trade unions from across the Americas sent delegations to observe the conduct of Sunday's presidential election in Colombia. Also participating were representatives from the ITUC, and global union federations PSI, IndustriALL, the ITF, UNI, BWI and the Education International. (Photo: Mundo Gremial)
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20220606 : Cut flower workers, the vast majority of them indigenous women, in Ecuador have been on strike for a year as they struggle to force their employer to negotiate a new collective agreement. State agencies are colluding with the employer in its refusal to bargain. (Photo: Rel UITA)
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20220613 : On 8 June unions around the world organized demonstrations, like this one in Geneva, in solidarity with trade unionists in Belarus in their struggle against state repression. (Photo: PSI)
Click here to send a message in solidarity with imprisoned trade unionists in Belarus.


20220620 : Around the world the surge in the cost of living is having an impact on all workers, but especially on pensioners. These retired Argentine teachers were demanding an increase to their pensions as inflation in that country hit 29.3% earlier this month. (Photo: Mundo Gremial)
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20220627 : On 23 June the Unitary Federation of the Working Class (FUCLAT) and the Union of Workers of the Brewing Industry of Panama (STICP) protested against increased outsourcing by AB InBev, a huge multinational beverage company. (Photo: Rel UITA)
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20220704 : The CSA-TUCA (the Americas section of the International Trade Union Confederation) and trade unions across Latin America have demonstrated in solidarity with protests by Ecuador’s indigenous people and have condemned the violent repression of those widespread protests. (Photo: Latam Gremial)
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20220711 : Last week nurses, like these CUT members in Brazil, and other healthcare workers were demanding proper support for healthcare system around the world as the pandemic passed the 30-months mark. (Photo: CUT) Click here for more union news from Brasil.


20220718 : Last weekend LabourStart attended the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in England to talk about our work on behalf of modern-day trade unionists. The festival celebrates the legacy of 6 of the UK’s pioneering trade unionists who were persecuted for their organising efforts. (Photo: LabourStart)
Click here for information about the Tolpuddle Martyrs.


20220725 : On 22 September the National Garment Workers Federation of Bangladesh celebrated its 38th anniversary with a march and rally to demand a living wage, safe workplaces, trade union rights and the ratification of ILO Convention-190. (Photo: NGWF)
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20220801 : This week the Honduran labour movement is mourning Dionisia Díaz, the 'Grandmother (Abuela) of the Resistance' who died on 29 July at age 87. After the 2009 military coup, the abuelita led marches wearing bright colours and carrying a megaphone. (Photo: Rel UITA)
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20220808 : On 21-07-2022 Spanish unions demonstrated in Madrid after 679 workers were reported to have died in one week as a result of working in extreme heat. The unions are calling for restrictions on work when the temperature exceeds 40 and for the enforcement of existing regulations. (Photo: CCOO)
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20220815 : On 1 August 40.000 textile workers in Faisalabad responded to a strike call from the Pakistan Textile and Power Loom Workers Federation. The workers are on strike over wages as inflation hit 23.2%. (Photo: IndustriALL)
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20220822 : Across Brazil trade unions are organizing workers to vote out the Bolsonaro regime in October's presidential election. (Photo: CTB)
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20220829 : Workers are demanding wages that compensate for high inflation. This demonstration and one-day warning strike in Buenos Aires was just one of many strikes and demos around the world in the past two weeks. (Photo: Mundo Gremial)
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20220905 : Unions around the world have been organizing in support of our Ukrainian comrades. Here representatives of Britain's Ukraine Solidarity Campaign deliver supplies for Ukrainian workers. (Photo: KVPU)
Click here for more information about the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign.


20220912 : The Federation of Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) has been subjected to police intimidation during the nationwide minimum wage negotiations for the garment and textile sector. The union has been demanding $215USD per month. Police have ordered campaign posters removed from workplaces and social media accounts closed. (Photo: FTUWKC)
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20220919 : Layoffs at the highly profitable Mercedes factory in Brazil has provoked a massive response by workers at the facility. (Photo: SMABC)
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20220926 : As inflation develops in the global economy, unions respond. The rail workers union in Portugal is just one of thousands around the world that are preparing to strike to protect workers' wages. (Photo: CGTP)
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20221003 : On 27 September trade unions from 39 countries in Africa adopted the Tunis Declaration. It calls for the inclusion of labour provisions in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement to ensure compliance with international labour standards and the decent work agenda. (Photo: IndustriALL)
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20221010 : Brazilian presidential candidate Lula came first in the recent first-round election and will face far-right candidate Bolsonaro later this month in a run-off. A former union activist and leader, he celebrated with members of the metalworkers union which he used to lead. (Photo: Agencia Sindical)
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20221017 : On 21 July 60,000 workers at Mexico’s predominant telecoms company, Telmex, struck for the first time in nearly 40 years after negotiations for a new collective agreement broke down. Members of the Union of Telephone Operators of the Mexican Republic, STRM, are striking in a dispute over pay, violations to the CBA and the failure to open up around 2,000 job vacancies. The strike continues. (Photo: Pulso Laboral)
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20221024 : On 20 October Guatemalan unions marched to commemorate the start of that country's revolution in 1944 and to protest corruption and anti-union violence. Guatemala is consistently one of the most dangerous countries in which to be a union activist. (Photo: Rel UITA)
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20221031 : Rahmawati became local union president at Indonesian garment company PT Tainan in August 2021. Management harassment began almost immediately and she was sacked last May. Rahmawati was reinstated on 1 November after her global union federation brought pressure to bear on the global brand that is her employer's major customer. (Photo: IndustriALL)
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20221107 : Last Friday 55,000 education workers in the Canadian province of Ontario walked off the job in a 'protest' after their right to strike, enshrined in the Canadian Constitution, was removed. The Canadian Union of Public Employees faces fines totalling more than $200 million per day for as long as the walkout continues. (Photo: D. Blackadder)
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20221107 : Last Friday 55,000 education workers in the Canadian province of Ontario walked off the job in a 'protest' after their right to strike, enshrined in the Canadian Constitution, was removed. The Canadian Union of Public Employees faces fines totalling more than $200 million per day for as long as the walkout continues. (Photo: D. Blackadder)
Click here for more on this story and other union news from Canada.


20221114 : 25 November is 'Black Friday'. Retail workers around the world are gearing-up for a variety of actions but Amazon is a global target. Last month Basque workers, members of LAB, warmed-up for Black Friday with a warning strike at the company's Bilbao facility. (Photo: LAB)
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20221121 : Unions were fully engaged with the COP 27 process, both at Sharm El Sheikh but also around the world at solidarity events, rallies and marches. (Photo: S. Dellah/TUAC Canada)
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20221128 : On 22 November 800,000 public sector workers in South Africa held a one-day walkout to back their demand for a wage increase that matches the rate of inflation. Wage strikes are becoming more and more common around the world as inflation erodes workers' buying power. (Photo: PSI)
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20221205 : Innovative trade union organising is in full swing in Ghana under the leadership of the Timber and Woodworkers’ Union (TWU). Supported by global union BWI and IndustriEnergi-Norway, the initiative, which began in 2017, has resulted in the successful organising of workers employed in several companies. (Photo: BWI)
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