New app for workers to fight wage theft

8 July 2020 -- leonie.guguen

A new app designed to combat wage theft and foster worker well-being has been launched on 7 July.

Developed in partnership with UNI Global Union, WeClock lets workers monitor the real hours they work, while keeping control over their data.

COVID-19 is placing growing demands on workers’ lives - demands that often go unpaid and unnoticed, increasing stress and workload. With WeClock, workers can self-track their working hours, breaks, commute times and how long they use work apps out of hours.

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Global Ericsson alliance helps win first union contract in Israel

7 July 2020 -- leonie.guguen

Workers in Israel signed their first-ever collective bargaining agreement with Ericsson on 1 July, with assistance from UNI’s global trade union network at the Swedish multinational.

UNI affiliate, the Cellular, Internet and Hi-Tech Workers Union, successfully organized workers at Ericsson in early 2019, but subsequent negotiations with local management for a collective agreement stalled.

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UNICARE African & Middle East affiliates plan for a post-COVID response

6 July 2020 -- Richard Elliott

UNICARE Africa affiliates from across Africa and the Middle East convened online to discuss a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Care workers have faced similar issues as their global counterparts: dangerous working conditions, lack of access to personal protective equipment (PPE), and low staffing levels. Governments were slow to respond, and when they did, their responses were slow to hit the frontlines.

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Global companies require global solidarity: Polish Teleperformance workers form a new union

6 July 2020 -- leonie.guguen

After more than a year of organizing, Teleperformance workers in Poland have formed a union-- Stronger Together in Teleperformance, part of the NSZZ "Solidarność" federation.

Workers at the Paris-based call centre giant cited promoting equality, a better work environment, and opportunities for career growth as central reasons for organizing.

 

 

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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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