• USB demonstration with tourism workers at the TTG of Rimini yesterday October 15

    USB ItaliaThe TTG, Rimini International Tourism Fair b2b, launches the 2020 edition with a strong slogan: “Think Future”. Exactly, let’s think about the future. But which one?

    It has been since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, which has brought the entire tourism sector and all its related industries to their knees, that workers have been asking themselves: “What future for us?”.

  • RESOLUTIONS FISE International Teleconference: “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Rights of Workers’ in Education – Immediate need protection measures against the pandemic for students and teachers”

    The teleconference of the World Federation of Teachers Union, FISE, organized by the CNTE XVIII Michoacán-México section and FISE, which took place on October 6, 2020 with participants from Mexico, India, Brazil, Panama , Nepal, United States, Morocco, Chile, Greece, Argentina, Peru, Paraguay and Galicia on the topic “The impact of COVID-19 on the rights of workers in education – Immediate need for protection measures against the pandemic for students and teachers ”adopted the following resolutions:

  • Covid 19: outlook for the Live Performance sector and measures needed

    The pandemic and lockdown have had major consequences in the Live Performance sector, as venues have been forced to fully close down and tours have been cancelled. This has had a huge impact on the economic stability of the sector as a whole, but also on individual workers, many of whom are freelance and self-employed, and on the large number of small and medium sized enterprises that operate in the sector.

  • The effects of the pandemic on education

    Statement by Crisoula Lampoudi, FISE Europe Vice President

    Please accept my warm greeting

    It is important for us to keep in touch even through video conferencing.

    I want to wish to the WFTU and all of you strength, solidarity, fighting spirit and to always move forward with the flag of the working class, with the flag of the WFTU and FISE.

  • Likud Minister Broke Lockdown; Calls for Her Resignation/Dismissal

    Far-right Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel, who announced over the weekend that she had been infected with the coronavirus, faced calls for her dismissal or resignation Monday, October 5, after confessing that last week she broke a lockdown limit by traveling from her Tel Aviv home to the northern city of Tiberias.

  • Unions kick off global push for essential workers on the World Day for Decent Work

    On October 7, the World Day for Decent Work, UNI Global Union—a federation of trade unions from 150 countries—is launching international campaign to demand  essential rights for essential workers. 

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, underpaid, underappreciated, and undervalued workers have been keeping their communities running around the world. These workers ensured that there is food on the shelves; care for the sick and elderly; and that our schools, workplaces, public transport, and public spaces safe and sanitary. They also delivered mail and packages and provided needed access to financial services.

  • Why do they fear a proper lockdown?

    JF, Baile Átha Cliath

    Contrary to the views of conspiracy theorists and the far-right, the government does not like the current lockdown situation. Rejecting expert advice to escalate to level 5 lockdown in order to slow down the intensifying crisis situation, the government has compromised with a level 3 lockdown across the 26 counties. Any Dubliner can give you a heads-up: it’s been no craic but the cases are still skyrocketing. Why doesn’t the government enact the necessary measures? Why have they been skirting around the issue for over half a year now?

  • Joint List & Hadash Head, Ayman Odeh, Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Joint List IsraelThe head of the Joint List MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) announced on Sunday, October 4, that he has tested positive for coronavirus. Odeh, made the announcement on Facebook, just hours after Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel from the Likud also revealed that she has contracted COVID-19.

  • Historic day: Venezuela becomes the first country in Latin America to receive the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine

    This Friday, October 2, a historic event occurred after the arrival to the homeland of the first batch of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik -V”, for phase 3 of the clinical trial against COVID-19, as part of the agreement between the People’s Power Ministry for Health (MPPSS) and the Gamaleya Moscow Epidemiology and Microbiology Research Center, thus making Venezuela the first country in Latin America to receive this vaccine.

  • COVID shows need to fight for jobs and pay – Communists

    ‘The COVID crisis has exposed jobs, the right to work and society’s total dependence on labour as the fault-line of capitalism’, Andy Bain told the Communist Party’s executive committee at the weekend.

    In an online meeting, he said it was essential that capitalism’s massive threat to jobs is challenged at national and local levels by the trade union movement. The CP trade union organiser urged trade unions, trades councils, Unite community branches, People’s Assembly and other anti-cuts bodies, Morning Star groups and political parties to come together in local campaigns to defend and demand jobs.

  • UFCW and Stop & Shop Announce New Premium Pay Agreement

    The agreement will provide retroactive premium pay – in the form of lump sum payments equal to 10 percent of all hours worked between July 5, 2020 and August 22, 2020 – to recognize their ongoing efforts to ensure communities have access to the food and supplies they need as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

  • Whole Foods Workers Endangered by Amazon COVID-19 Safety Failures

    UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following joint statement:

    “The pandemic that is raging across America, and has already cost countless lives, is bringing out the worst in companies like Amazon that are willfully choosing to ignore their responsibility to keep workers and their communities safe.

  • Serious questions remain following EP hearing with pharmaceutical companies

    How much will we really pay for the Covid-19 vaccine? How is public money being used? Why are all contracts between the Commission and pharmaceutical companies secret? Why should the results of heavily publicly funded R&D and public money used to advance agreements be owned only by the industry and not by the public? Should the vaccine be a public good?

  • USB called school strike 24th and 25th of September

    USB ItaliaUSB has proclaimed the strike 24th and 25th of September, to ask the guarantee to all school workers and students to return to the classroom safely, to find adequate and healthy spaces, to have all teachers on duty from day one, to conduct real lessons, in presence, without risk.

  • Anti-Netanyahu Protests Continue in Spite of Lockdown across Israel

    Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Thursday night, September 17, that an unpopular new nationwide lockdown set to begin the next day was “important and “necessary” to stem the rising coronavirus infection rate, which passed 5,000 daily infections this week. The surge in confirmed infections has made Israel one of the two leading countries in the world for increased daily infections in relation to is population.

  • Global unions launch campaign to ensure journalism’s future

    A coalition of global unions, representing nearly 21 million workers worldwide, is launching a campaign today to save print journalism.

    The International Federation of Journalists and UNI Global Union announced an effort today to push governments to adopt emergency rescue packages for the print media industry as a whole (journalism, publishing, printing and distribution) as well as introduce a digital services tax on tech giants such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook who have diverted advertising revenue from media outlets.

  • KHMU urges government to stand firm on plans to strengthen Korea’s public medical service

    UNI affiliate, the Korea Health & Medical Workers' Union (KHMU), urged the Korean government to stand firm and not renege on its plans to strengthen the country’s public medical service.

    The union held a press conference last week in front of the National Assembly building to denounce the government’s caving to the demands of the medical doctor associations to scrap the health reform plans announced earlier in July. 

  • Argentina extends care worker bonus for 90 days

    The tireless work of care workers in Argentina was once again recognized by the government.

    In a press conference yesterday, Minister of Health Ginés González García was joined by UNI Americas President Héctor Dáer and Minister of Labor Claudio Moroni to announce a 90-day extension of the March executive decree that provided a pay bonus to 700,000 workers, both in the public and private care sectors.

  • USB: 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade!

    USB ItaliaUSB supports the campaign of the WFTU

    In the darkest days of the pandemic, in Crema and then in Turin, 91 Cuban doctors and health personnel arrived, organized in a Cuban medical brigade “Henry Reeve”, highly specialized in the treatment of patients affected by viruses.

    The overall commitment of this Brigade during the peak of the virus horn pandemic meant sending more than 1,000 health workers to 18 countries on three continents.

  • The Yellow Vests are Selling Out to the Far Right

    AH, Baile Átha Cliath.

    Recently, a large Yellow Vest protest took to the streets in Dublin. It was focused on getting rid of masks and other protective precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The person carrying the flag at the helm of it is a well known white supremacist, Niall McConnell, whose group talks about immigrants, sharia law and other bogus nonsense they’ve imported from their American and British friends.