UNI condemns Zimbabwe for labelling trade union as terrorists

5 August 2020 -- leonie.guguen

Photo: Peter Mutasa, President of ZCTU

UNI Global Union condemns in the strongest terms the labelling of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) as a terrorist organization and demands an end to the persecution of trade unionists and activists in Zimbabwe.

ZCTU was branded a terrorist organization by Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa last week, along with main opposition party, the MDC Alliance. 

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International Criminal Court case claims Brazilian government’s Covid-19 response is a crime against humanity

27 July 2020 -- Richard Elliott

The lawsuit, filed today by a union-led coalition representing more than one million healthcare workers nationwide, is believed to be the first of its kind against a government for massive, deadly public health failures

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UNI Global Union condemns forced closure of ABS-CBN in the Philippines

17 July 2020 -- Richard Elliott

UNI Global Union condemns the Philippine government’s forced closure of the ABS-CBN television network. The global organization, representing 20 million workers in 150 countries, is fully supporting the potion of its Philippines Liaison Council (PLC), which previously denounced the government’s actions. These statements come soon after the House of Representatives denied the renewal ABS-CBN’s broadcast franchise.

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UNI to Amazon: “It shouldn’t take a lawsuit for you to stop punishing workers for washing their hands”

17 July 2020 -- tom.myers.478

This week, Amazon workers in the United States won an important victory after the company made changes to  its insufficient COVID-19 safety policy following the lawsuit filed in June by three New York warehouse workers and three family members. The day before a scheduled court hearing to decide whether Amazon should be immediately forced to change its safety procedures, the company announced that time away from the job to wash hands would not be grounds for discipline. 

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Commerce unions demand mandatory masks in shops

16 July 2020 -- tom.myers.478

From the United States to the United Kingdom, UNI Commerce affiliates are calling for mandatory mask wearing in retail stores to protect workers and customers from the coronavirus.

Wearing a mask and maintaining social distance in stores are important, necessary steps to keep workers and customers safe. However, too many customers still argue that they do not have to wear a mask because, in some jurisdictions, it is not legally obligatory.

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G4S worker murdered in Colombia

16 July 2020 -- Carolina.Gonzalez

On July 3, a G4S employee providing services as a security officer was murdered in Cali, Colombia, a city known for its high crime rates. Members of the union UNTRAG4S held a rally to show of support for their former colleagues’ family and to demand that the company adopt the necessary security measures for its workers.

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Trade unions demand Teleperformance Colombia rehire unfairly terminated leaders

15 July 2020 -- Carolina.Gonzalez

Two Colombian union leaders from the French contact centre company Teleperformance did not have their contracts renewed after founding a union in March 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fixed-term contracts were due to expire on July 23, but the company advised them not to work during the last four months of their contracts by removing the leaders from their workplaces.

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