Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP): time to mobilize public opinion and legislators to stop the race to the bottom

12 November 2015 -- elise.buckle

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement was signed by 12 countries on the 5th of October 2015 after a final 5 day long marathon of negotiations in Atlanta (US) (see UNI Global Union reactive statement on that day). The deal is between 12 countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the US, Vietnam, Chile, Brunei, Singapore and New Zealand.  If ratified, it would cover 40% of the world’s economy and set the foundation for trade in e-commerce, financial services, property rights, medicine and much more, impacting the lives of millions of workers. 

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Paris climate agreement taking shape after a week of heated debate in Bonn

26 October 2015 -- elise.buckle

While Mexico was being hit by the strongest hurricane in history, negotiators finally managed to put the draft climate agreement back on track after a week of heated debate at the UNFCCC session in Bonn.

 

The draft agreement which was published on Friday October 26th late at night will be the basis for negotiation at the COP21 in Paris. It is being complemented by the workstream document on action before 2020.

 

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UNFCCC talks in Bonn: the climate deal needs to be done with workers not without them

23 October 2015 -- elise.buckle

Bonn, 23 October 2015 – the last week of negotiations before COP21 in Paris has seen a heated debate between rich and poor countries and the weakening of the text for workers.

The language on “a just transition for workers and decent jobs” which was part of the second operational paragraph of the draft Paris agreement may now only figure in the preambule.

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GUFs sign global framework agreement with the renewable materials company Stora Enso

19 January 2018 -- tom.myers.478

UNI Global Union, IndustriALL and BWI sign global framework agreement with the renewable materials company Stora Enso​

The three global unions today signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with the renewable materials company Stora Enso at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, in the presence of ILO Director General Guy Ryder. Observer signatures were made by the presidents of the Swedish Paper Workers’ Union, the Swedish Union of Forestry, Wood and Graphical Workers’, and the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union.

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UNI affiliate GMB scores major victory against Amazon firm as shortchanged workers get back £20,000

18 January 2018 -- tom.myers.478

UNI affiliate GMB has scored another groundbreaking victory against national logistics company, UK Express, for workers delivering for Amazon. UKXD has agreed to settle claims at 100% rather than risk court hearings and further claims.

GMB brought claims asserting that like Uber, Hermes and other drivers, UK Express drivers are wrongly defined as ‘self-employed’.

GMB argues that the terms of UKXD drivers’ contracts and the way in which they work (solely delivering for Amazon) demonstrate that they should actually be classed as employees on the grounds that:

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Atos Romania workers prepare to strike

16 January 2018 -- uni-icts

The Romanian IT union SITT has initiated a labor dispute in Atos Romania after unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a new collective agreement. See the union's press release below:

 

Atos Romania Workers Start a Labour Dispute and Get Ready to Strike

Timișoara, Romania, January 16th, 2018

Employees of Atos Romania decided to initiate a labour dispute after the unsuccessful attempts of management to find a satisfactory solution in the negotiations of a new collective agreement. Atos employees are represented by the Timisoara IT Union - SITT.

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