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IndustriALL Global Union is lookin for a: Regional Officer for its Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Office

At the end of April, Herman Ntlateng will retire from the post of Regional Officer after years of dedicated service at the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Office of IndustriALL Global Union in Johannesburg. While we wish Herman happiness in his well-deserved retirement, we now need to look for a new Regional Officer to start work as soon as possible

"Solidaritet med kamraterna i Malmö. #kämpashowan" Global ABF Sweden Campaign for Showan - study circle leader

Emma Gullstrand from IFWEA affiliate ABF Sweden writes about the start of this campaign supported by ABF Malmö. The campaign calls for global solidarity. Read more how the campaign against Nazism, xenophobia and homophobia started on 9 March and has following of over 23 000 on Facebook.

IFWEA's Online Labour Academy 2014 courses take off!

read more on the courses that happened in 2013, and the what's happening on this online learning platform. See photographs from affiliate organisations and learners in the different regions - just click on the OLA page

IFWEA 2013 Annual Review

Read the report on IFWEA activities by General Secretary Sahra Ryklief

ILWCH: International Labor And Working-Class History with IFWEA: International Federation of Worker Education Associations Call For Papers on “Workers’ Education and Global Labor Movements”

We have learned a great deal about the history of global working class in the modern era and about the economic, political, and social struggles that accompanied its rise. But we still know comparatively little about the educational institutions, relationships and practices working class movements have used to develop the capacity for sustained struggle, not to mention the ability to survive their defeats and institutionalize their victories. read more ... Call For Papers

Labour News

Whistleblowers in Low-Wage Jobs Turn to Social Media

In a new trend, low-wage employees at some of the most profitable companies are turning to social media to expose rampant abuses and violations of labor law. Walmart associates could see more hours in their future through a new company program called “Access to Open Shifts.” What started as a pilot project in Texas has now been implemented at all 4,000 U.S. stores and will allow employees to sign up for available slots through the company’s internal scheduling system. This recent step in the right direction comes after years of pressure from OUR Walmart, the association of current and former Walmart employees who have demanded more hours and stable work schedules from the retailer. Most recently, OUR Walmart members launched a petition on to demand the company stop cutting hours. After nearly 20,000 signatures were collected, Walmart announced the new scheduling program.

New GLC Article: Brazilian Protests and their Effect on Labour

In this week’s column, Kjeld Jakobsen gives an account of the protests that occurred in Brazil at the beginning of June 2013. He shows that the protests started when “some Brazilian municipalities and local state governments decided upon a change in prices of public transport, with an approximate increase ranging between 5% and 10%, depending on the city or state.” He argues that the lesson we can learn from the aforementioned demonstrations is that it is possible for Brazilians to organize, demonstrate and win. The important thing is for the trade unions and social movements that were involved in the protests to sustain their demands. Kjeld Jakobsen was a member of the Brazilian CUT’s Executive Board for 12 years, serving for nine years as International Secretary. He holds a Master’s in Political Science and works as a consultant in international cooperation. He lectures on Trade Union Strategies for the GLU course in Brazil.

New GLC Article

A Lesson from South Africa: Are Construction Cartels increasing Brazil's 2014 FIFA World Cup infrastructure costs?

The Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS) PRESS RELEASE "The People’s Revolution and Dream of Democracy"

Since the ascend of the Muslim Brotherhood to the regime 30th June 2012 there were calls to go forward and give the new regime the opportunity to comprehend the Egyptian people’s hopes and aspirations to subsistence, freedom and social justice, to cause real change based upon freedom and democracy, uproot corruption and the establishment of real institutions for all the citizens without discrimination or exclusion through real participation which starts with societal dialogue for all the social spectrum until the realization of actions and the adoption of decisions reflecting consensus without exclusion or egotism; with the aim of building the state of law which all the Egyptians are seeking. But all these hopes and aspirations dissipated gradually with the beginning of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule.

New Report on Role of Zimbabwe Trade Unions

In the wake of the Zimbabwean election this report published by the Solidarity Centre and the AFL-CIO reminds us of and highlights the important role of Zimbabwe’s independent trade union movement to bring about socio-economic and political change and its relevance today. In the context of a declining economy, human rights violations and intensified oppression of workers in the formal and informal economy. The labour movement, led by the Zimbabwean Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), continues to be the moral, social and political force for human equality and dignity through its campaigns and education work on equitable economic development, deepening democracy, respect for human rights and promotion of decent work and social protection for all in Zimbabwe.

watch: IFWEA Online Labour Academy (OLA) "Developing and strengthening Member Based Organisation of the Poor" in India -  a video produced by The Gujarat Women's Video Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) Information and Communication Co-operative Society Ltd. shows the experiences of SEWA's trainers and members as they participate in this online course, including the development of animation!  IFWEA and SEWA's collaboration in the online trainer and member training included the IFWEA affiliate Labour Education Foundation (LEF) in Pakistan's Khalid Mahmood.

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