G4S workers in Peru are going without pay

27 August 2020 -- tom.myers.478

In Peru, several G4S security guards who returned to their jobs after a “suspension perfecta de labores” say they have not received payment since June.

The security company imposed the suspension, which keeps workers tied to their employer but allows companies to not pay wages or benefits, after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in April. However, the workers, many represented by the G4S National Workers Union of Peru, have returned to the job for the last 16 days without being paid. 


Strike by game workers in the U.S. results in unprecedented win

11 August 2020 -- leonie.guguen

Writers for Lovestruck, a mobile game produced by Voltage Entertainment USA, have won an average 78 per cent pay increase and greater transparency at work after a ground-breaking 21-day strike. It is the first successful game worker strike in the history of the game development industry.  

The 21 workers, who write romantic interactive fiction, were were supported by UNI Global Union affiliate, the Communications Workers of America (CWA). CWA President Chris Shelton said: 


Unions welcome Argentina’s deal to restructure billions of dollars in foreign debt

11 August 2020 -- leonie.guguen

Argentina has taken a fundamental step on the road to recovery of its economic sovereignty by renegotiating a huge portion of its overseas debt - saving the country around US$30 billion dollars.

Alberto Fernández’s government has struck a deal with a consortium of creditors, including BlackRock – the world’s largest asset manager - to restructure US$65 billion of foreign bonds.

The agreement also reduces the average interest rate on repayments from 7 per cent to 3 per cent.


UNI remembers victims on 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

6 August 2020 -- leonie.guguen

On the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings in Japan, UNI Global Union remembers the 225,000 people who died in the attacks and reiterates its call for a ban on nuclear weapons.

Thousands more victims suffered the long-term consequences of radiation following the Second World War assaults on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945 respectively.


Global Union Federations demand release of Rong Chhun and other trade unionists in Cambodia

6 August 2020 -- tom.myers.478

Global Union Federations with affiliates across Asia Pacific region strongly condemn the arrest of Rong Chhun, President Cambodian Confederation of Unions and calls upon the Royal Government of Cambodia to drop the charges and immediately release him. Rong Chhun, one of the most outspoken trade union leaders in Cambodia and former President of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, has always been at the forefront of the fight to protect workers rights.


UNI condemns Zimbabwe for labelling trade union as terrorists

5 August 2020 -- leonie.guguen

Photo: Peter Mutasa, President of ZCTU

UNI Global Union condemns in the strongest terms the labelling of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) as a terrorist organization and demands an end to the persecution of trade unionists and activists in Zimbabwe.

ZCTU was branded a terrorist organization by Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa last week, along with main opposition party, the MDC Alliance. 


International Criminal Court case claims Brazilian government’s Covid-19 response is a crime against humanity

27 July 2020 -- Richard Elliott

The lawsuit, filed today by a union-led coalition representing more than one million healthcare workers nationwide, is believed to be the first of its kind against a government for massive, deadly public health failures



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