Call for swift EU action on Big Tech intensifies as Dutch and French governments add their voices

15 October 2020 -- Richard Elliott

The French Digital Minister Cedric O and the Dutch Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mona Keijzer have just issued a joint position paper calling for European Union competition authorities to take "swift action" to curb the consolidation of market power by Big Tech corporations like Amazon--including potentially breaking the companies up.

In response, Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary of UNI Europa, offered the following comment:

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Finance workers strike against BNP Paribas in France

13 October 2020 -- leonie.guguen

Thousands of workers at BNP Paribas bank in France are staging a one-day strike today, 13 October.

Trade unions at the bank, including UNI Global Union affiliates, CFDT, FO and CGT, are calling for industrial action, which is rare in the French finance sector.

Workers are protesting new measures from the French multinational that would alter working hours, reduce staff levels and lead to worker relocations, branch closures and losses over childcare and transport.

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U.S. federal government to prosecute Google contractor for unfair labour practices

12 October 2020 -- Richard Elliott

UNI affiliate union the United Steelworkers (USW) recently announced that the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will begin prosecuting Google contractor HCL over unfair labour practices. In a complaint against the company, the NLRB outlines HCL's failure to bargain in good faith with the unions representing its employees, including failing to provide information needed for bargaining and unilaterally implementing changes to working conditions. The complaint also alleges that this campaign violated employees' rights to be free of intimidation and coercion.

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Global unions launch LGBTI website for Coming Out Day

9 October 2020 -- leonie.guguen

The Council of Global Unions (CGU) is launching new website for LGBTI workers on International Coming Out Day on Sunday 11 October.

The website will share the work of global unions, including UNI Global Union, in defending and promoting LGBTI rights around the world. It is also a place for affiliated unions to share their own work in protecting and empowering LGBTI workers at the national level.

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UNI launches guide for postal unions during COVID-19

9 October 2020 -- leonie.guguen

This World Post Day, UNI Global Union has released a new guide for postal unions: “The Role of Unions in a Crisis: Lessons Learned from #COVID-19.”

The guide, produced by UNI Post&Logistics, highlights cases of best practice during the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies ways unions can maintain USPs’ crucial role in society and secure postal workers’ jobs.

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UNI to mark World Post Day with virtual celebration

8 October 2020 -- leonie.guguen

This World Post Day on Friday 9 October, UNI Global Union will be paying a virtual tribute to postal workers who have been keeping us connected during the pandemic.

The online event organized by UNI Post & Logistics, will bring together union leaders from all corners of the globe to discuss post as an essential service and the role unions in times of crisis. It will be broadcast on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook from 2 to 4pm CEST.

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IOC must join with Belarusian athletes to ensure human rights and sport are protected

7 October 2020 -- leonie.guguen

Photo: Belarusian basketball player, Yelena Leuchanka, has been been stentenced to 15 days in detention after protesting against the government (Credit: Yelena Leuchanka)

Arrests, threats and dismissals amount to ongoing violations of the Olympic Charter by Belarusian President, who also heads the National Olympic Committee, along with his son

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