UNI Global Union affiliate, the Austrian Postal Union (Gewerkschaft der Post und Fernmeldebediensteten, GPF), is calling for an end to the use of temporary employment agencies at all Austrian post facilities following an outbreak of Covid-19 at two parcel distribution and sorting centres in Vienna and Lower-Austria.
Amidst the gloom of the Covid-19 pandemic, a bright spot shines through with the recent win of KFSU-Mart Workers Union which succeeded in organising in IKEA Korea and achieving the first basic agreement on April 17.
IKEA first entered Korea in 2014 and now have 4 main stores in the areas of Giheung, DongBusan, Goyang, and Gwangmyeong.
As more than 20 postal workers in Brazil have died from Covid-19, the country’s postal service, Correios, has heeded union demands and stopped plans to use post offices to distribute emergency aid without a proper risk assessment or safety protocols.
UNI Equal Opportunities is inviting all UNI Global Union affiliates and staff to take part in a survey to assess how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting work-life balance in the services sector.
The coronavirus crisis is putting new stresses and strains on working people, who may have to work from home in isolation, juggle work without childcare support, or even have lost their jobs. The survey, devised by UNI Europa Women, seeks to understand how this situation is impacting work and home life.
"It's time to #Care4Carers by ensuring protective equipment, biosafety protocols, testing and training for hospital staff. We stop #COVID19 by taking care of each other." With this tweet, the week of action in support of hospital personnel in the Americas begins today, with the participation of unions from more than 10 countries in the region. Trade unionists from across the region continue their advocacy work so that workers facing COVID19 on the front lines not only have access to the necessary personal protection equipment, but also see their labour rights protected.
As part of the #GenderEqualNewNormal campaign, global unions and the ITUC held the “COVID-19
Postal unions in Bangladesh are demanding adequate provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for postal workers, as they provide essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
UNI Global Union affiliate, the Bangladesh Postman and Dak Karmachari Union (BPADKU), say workers lack sufficient PPE, such as masks and hand sanitizers, despite their public facing roles that put them at greater risk of catching Covid-19. While the union has tried to address the gap by providing some PPE for their members, there is not enough to cover everyone.
UNI urges retailers to join its Declaration on Food Retail Workers to ensure a proper response to the crisis at global level