Bangladesh: NSEF demands protection of health and job security for shop employees during Covid-19 pandemic

6 July 2020 -- uni-asia

UNI affiliate, the National Shop Employee Federation (NSEF), mobilized last Friday (3 July) in Dhaka to highlight the plight of shop employees struggling to survive the economic fallout from the pandemic. Despite the risks to their own health, the union leaders and members staged a human chain demonstration in front of the National Press Club to make their demands known.  

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How Covid-19 is impacting the mental health of young workers

1 July 2020 -- leonie.guguen

The need for unions to address the mental health of young workers in the wake of Covid-19, was made clear in a webinar organized by UNI Youth on 29 June.

UNI Equal Opportunities brought together young trade unionists and mental health experts from the World Health Organization and Norway's Centre of Life Management and Public Health, to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of young workers, as well as share best practices in supporting the mental wellbeing of workers.

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South African finance union wins recognition with Capitec Bank

1 July 2020 -- leonie.guguen

UNI Global Union affiliate, Sasbo, has signed a Recognition Agreement with Capitec Bank in South Africa, after a near ten-year organizing campaign.

The agreement, signed on 24 June, is the result of a challenging and hard-fought battle to recruit and represent workers at Capitec – South Africa’s fastest growing retail bank.  It means the union will be able to secure collective bargaining rights on matters such as working conditions and pay.

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Sport & Rights Alliance: IOC Should Uphold Human Rights

1 July 2020 -- leonie.guguen

Beijing’s “Sustainability Plan” Ignores China’s Rights Abuses

Planning for the 2022 Winter Olympics needs to address key human rights issues, the Sport & Rights Alliance said today. While Beijing’s May 2020 “Sustainability Plan” refers to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the document remains silent on human rights, labour standards, freedom of expression and association, LGBTI rights, media and internet freedom, rights to peaceful assembly and of association, transparency and anti-corruption.

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UNI PLC raises voice in solidarity for media freedom in the Philippines

25 June 2020 -- uni-asia

The latest cyber libel convictions by the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) against Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr represented further erosion to the precarious state of press freedoms in the country. Since January 2019 to April 2020, there have been 61 recorded incidents against members of the press. At least three journalists have been killed during the same period. 

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Hong Kong: Workers demand fair treatment from Li & Fung

25 June 2020 -- uni-asia

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected businesses worldwide but it most acute impact has been on employment and labour relations. Many have been talking about the emergence of a “new normal” however old habits from the old normal die hard. This includes the way companies treat its workers shabbily in times of crisis. The Hong Kong based Li & Fung with over one century history is one unfortunate example.

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For a Sustainable Future, we must Climate and Employment Proof our Work Today

24 June 2020 -- Richard Elliott

As part of the ITUC’s Climate—and Employment—Proof our Work (CEPOW) drive, unions from around the world are taking action on 24 June for a sustainable future. 

Thousands of workers will be joining in the largest conversation in the world with employers about plans to promote fairer and greener businesses—that means safety, good jobs, reduced emissions, a secure pathway for the future. As one step unions can take, UNI has asked affiliates to collaborate with employers to shrink the carbon footprint of the buildings where they work. 

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Union leaders fired at Brinks in Colombia during covid19 crisis

19 June 2020 -- Carolina.Gonzalez

Brinks has been firing union leaders during the COVID health emergency in Colombia. On May 15 Brinks Colombia opened legal proceedings to terminate national union president Frank Gualdron, citing as their justification that he had posted images of a work-related protest on Facebook. Gualdron is among eight union officers who have been notified of their termination since Colombia declared a COVID health emergency in March, following six others in preceding months.

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