On June 14th, up to 200 Workers in 29 stores in Ireland’s largest pharmacy chain, and with the support of Mandate the Union, participated in an industrial action asking for fair and better working conditions and respect at work.
At the UNI World Congress in Liverpool, Ruben Cortina was unanimously elected as the President of UNI Global Union.
Despite a challenging upbringing, Cortina rose through the Argentinian trade union ranks to become the Regional President of UNI Americas in 2003 and was instrumental in developing successful trade union organising across Latin America.
Houcine Abassi, former secretary general of the Union Generale des Travailleurs Tunisiens (UGTT), brought a message of hope and solidarity to the UNI World Congress in Liverpool. Houcine Abassi’s tireless work as part of the National Dialogue Quartet helped save Tunisia from civil war.
In October 2015, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet - which comprised members of the UGTT, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers - won the Nobel Peace Prize.
At the UNI World Congress in Liverpool, activists who campaigned for justice following the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, were presented with the Freedom from Fear Award.
Represented by Gillian Edwards and Sheila Coleman, there was a standing ovation to recognise the unwavering support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Hillsborough Justice Campaign and, posthumously, the late Anne Williams to win justice for the victims, their families and survivors of the disaster.
At the UNI World Congress in Liverpool, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, an American professional basketball player, received a Freedom from Fear Award for her long campaign to allow women to wear hijabs. After a three year ban from playing, Abdul-Qaadir succeeded in overturning the International Basketball Federation’s widely condemned ban on wearing a hijab during games.
UNI Global Union presents International Slavery Museum with the award for its fight against injustice
UNI Global Union demands freedom for imprisoned former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
LIVERPOOL, 20 June 2018—Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff warned the World Congress of UNI Global Union, a federation of more than 20 million service workers from 150 countries, of the worldwide attack on democracy exemplified by the unjust imprisonment of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.