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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First anniversary of landmark ILO Convention 190

19 June 2020 -- leonie.guguen

This Sunday 21 June marks one year since the International Labour Conference overwhelmingly adopted ILO Convention 190 Convention on eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work. The ground-breaking global instrument is supported by Recommendation 206. Together, both tools create an international legal framework to protect workers from violence and harassment in the world of work.

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Banco Santander Brazil breaks commitment and sacks workers

18 June 2020 -- leonie.guguen

In March 2020, Spanish bank, Santander, together with Banco Itaú and Bradesco, made a commitment with UNI Global Union affiliate, Contraf-CUT, to maintain jobs and avoid layoffs in Brazil during the coronavirus health crisis. It was one of the most important demands and achievements of the trade union movement during the pandemic.

However, on 10 June, Santander not only became the first bank to make redundancies, but also called for the resumption of branch activities in a country where the contagion curve continues to rise.

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Unions - key to regulating telework and protecting our right to disconnect

17 June 2020 -- leonie.guguen

Millions of workers worldwide have been plunged into teleworking as countries across the globe have imposed lockdowns and social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Statistics show that in the US alone, 16 million people started working remotely due to Covid-19. In Japan, 83.3 per cent of large businesses and around 51 per cent of small-to-medium businesses introduced remote work as a result of the pandemic.

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