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
Global unions and the ITUC are united in calling for a Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is currently in negotiations for a new collective agreement.
UNI calls on Istanbul Grand Airport (IGA) construction & operating company to reinstate fired workers, release those arrested, and ensure safe work
More than 30 trade unionists beaten and arrested, including leaders of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions