UNI World Executive Board: DPD-GeoPost must respect workers’ rights

11 November 2021 -- Richard Elliott

In a show of international solidarity, the World Executive Board of UNI Global Union unanimously backed a resolution calling on logistics giant DPD-GeoPost to recognize and respect the rights of workers in Switzerland.

Swiss DPD workers are organizing with Unia, a UNI affiliate, for safer jobs, living wages, fair scheduling and more, but so far, and despite a global agreement with UNI, the company has focused more on resisting the union rather than negotiating to solve workers’ problems.

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Finansforbundet breaking through for decent work in the FinTech sector

11 November 2021 -- Richard Elliott

Finansforbundet Denmark is the first union in the world to negotiate a national collective agreement in FinTech, a sector that is particularly vulnerable to platform work and unregulated working conditions. For this extraordinary achievement, the Danish finance union is one of the recipients of UNI Global Union’s Breaking Through Award 2021.

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Australia’s Financial Sector Union wins Breaking Through Award for pandemic organizing

11 November 2021 -- Richard Elliott

Because of its exceptional efforts to ensure the health and safety of banking and insurance workers during the pandemic, the Financial Sector Union of Australia (FSU) has won UNI Global Union’s Breaking Through Award.

The award is given annually to recognize unions’ outstanding organizing achievements.

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, FSU used online and on-the-ground tactics to promote vaccination and protection of these essential finance workers. The result was the successful negotiation of paid vaccination leave for more than 220,000 finance sector workers.

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CGIL wins 2021 Freedom From Fear award

11 November 2021 -- Richard Elliott

The Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) has been awarded the Freedom From Fear award in recognition of their bravery in the face of the fascist attack against their headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Members of far-right party Forza Nuova used the cover of a protest against Covid containment measures to attack the union’s offices on the evening of 9 October 2021. The mob shouted threats against the union’s elected leadership as they violently forced entry, breaking windows and ransacking the union’s iconic headquarters.

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Organizing success wins prize for writers

11 November 2021 -- leonie.guguen

The Writers’ Guild of America, East (WGAE) has been honoured with UNI Global Union’s Breaking Through Award for overcoming the challenges of organizing during the pandemic, increasing its membership and expanding into new sectors.

The WGAE used an array of digital tools to recruit hundreds of new members who were working remotely during lockdown. This builds on organizing victories that have increased their membership by more than 60 per cent in the last six years.

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Fighting for democracy in Myanmar

11 November 2021 -- leonie.guguen

UNI honours Myanmar Labor Alliance and workers with Freedom from Fear Award

UNI Global Union has recognized the remarkable bravery of workers in Myanmar and the Myanmar Labor Alliance in risking their freedom and their lives in the struggle to restore democracy in the country.  

Enraged by the military coup in Myanmar on 1 February 2021, trade unions and civil society organizations launched a civil disobedience movement to demand the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government.

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“We want to be respected, not exploited,” say Polish retail workers

5 November 2021 -- leonie.guguen

UNI Global Union joined hundreds of workers at a 4 November demonstration in Warsaw to protest against harsh working conditions, low pay and violations of trade union rights at multinational retailers in the country.

Commerce workers from different cities and companies gathered in the Polish capital brandishing placards saying “We want to be respected, not exploited” plus many other messages to retailers for the protest organized by UNI affiliate Solidarność.

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