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.
The UNI Global Union World Executive Board recognized the urgent need for mobilization and action against climate change.
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.
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.
Jingle for Global Commerce Conference, Buenos Aires, 9-11 October 2013
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.
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:
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.
UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings was invited to address the Internet Governance Forum at the United Nations in Geneva.
A seasonal message of thanks to all affiliates from UNI Global Union General Secretary Philip Jennings