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A world where all working people have access to lifelong learning opportunities which enable them to claim and exercise their inalienable democratic rights, responsibilities and freedoms as global citizens.


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To Build a Global Knowledge Community which facilitates global co-operation between worker educators so as to advance the frontiers of knowledge, education methodology and practises of democratic worker organisations promoting freedom, justice and equality for all. 



IFWEA Affiliate and Secretariat News

SOUTH AFRICA via GroundUp: IFWEA General Secretary Sahra Ryklief writes on "South Africa’s 2016 municipal elections – why the excitement? An in-depth analysis of the results."

'It is nearly three weeks since the South African electorate voted in the fourth municipal elections since 1996. The municipal elections are normally a quiet affair, without much fanfare or high profile post-electoral analysis. The aftermath of this year’s elections turned out to be anything but quiet, due to a number of milestones which have some significance in South Africa’s maturing democracy.'

SOUTH AFRICA "National Women's Day"

IFWEA General Secretary Sahra Ryklief was asked to do the key note address at the Congress of South African Trade Unions' (COSATU)'s Women's Day event held at Community House. Those who attended included mostly by the gender representatives from member unions, educators, union members and office bearers

SOUTH AFRICA: IFWEA welcomes affiliate member Ditsela's new director

IFWEA's programme manager Saliem Patel welcomed the new executive di director of Ditsela, Ntsilo Molumaelea. Ditsela is a South African affiliate, and the Secretariat staff attended their first 'Western Cape Educators' Forum' for this year.

EGYPT via Center for Trade Union and Workers' Services [CTUWS] CTUWS launches new website

"On its website CTUWS is trying to open a window onto the Egyptian labour movement and highlight its events, presenting their news and presenting its issues and dilemmas with the hope of developing its services to meet more labour needs."

USA via Sunshine Publishing: "In Motion" by Andy Piascik NEW RELEASE

"In Motion, first and foremost, is a story of solidarity: the solidarity of two sisters, the solidarity of the sisters and their mother, the solidarity of the multi-racial residents of a city under siege. Most of all, In Motion is the story of the solidarity of Jackie and Jack, two passionate lovers on the cusp of adulthood seeking to live authentically."

IFWEA's Second Quarter e-bulletin of 2016 Issue 33 "Labour Solidarity Has No Borders"

In this e-bulletin: ▶ IFWEA SECRETARIAT NEWS ▶IFWEA PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENTS ▶ AFFILIATE NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ▶ SOLIDARITY IN ACTION: Check out the campaigns where you can take online action, view research and download resources.

SOUTH AFRICA via Popular Education: "Colloquium on Forging Solidarity: Southern Perspectives of Popular Education, 9 - 11 June 2016"

IFWEA Secretariat's Saliem Patel and Erna Curry attended this two day workshop. "Some fifty people gathered at the colloquium which was held at the Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch. Participants came from different organisations, including academic institutions, government, social movements and NGOs, from as far away as Chile, India, Senegal and Canada and as close as Delft, Khayelitsha and Grahamstown. They brought with them focus, energy and willingness to be creative, and a commitment to engage with critical questions both on a one on one basis, around tables, and in plenary sessions. The aims of the colloquium were to grapple with the central theme and in the process give food for thought to 20 people who are contributing chapters to a book of the same name. Presentations were made, in the main, by contributors to the forthcoming book."


The IFWEA Secretariat and Labour Research Service hosted a solidarity visit from General Secretary Manuel Cortes and President Mick Carney from Transport Salaried Staff Association (TSSA), an affiliate of IFWEA member International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)

FINLAND: YGAP Nordic School - Annual 2016 Meeting

YGAP Co-ordinators Niklas Skeppar from ABF Sweden and Katri Söder from TSL Finland had their annual meeting with former Finnish YGAPpers in Kirkkonummi. Present was Jenni Pilaste, Serveh Khalili, Milla Granlund, Rami Lindström, Tiina Vesa and Maria Nyroos.

EUROPE / SWEDEN: IFWEA Executive Committee Meeting

IFWEA Executive Committee Members have held their first meeting of 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

GLOBAL "May Day greeting from the IFWEA Secretariat"

"On behalf of the Executive Committee of IFWEA and the staff of the Secretariat, I wish to greet all our affiliates and the trade unions and worker associations they partner with and wish them success with their Mayday activities.On this historic day, I would also like to draw your attention to, and call on your support for the IFWEA resolution on Resourcing Workers Education, adopted at our 22nd General Conference in Lima in December 2015."

IFWEA Stands in Global Solidarity against Terror attacks: Message from General Secretary Sahra Ryklief, Editorials by IFWEA affiliate members Solidar in Belgium and LEF in Pakistan

General Secretary Sahra Ryklief reaffirmed IFWEA's approach of workers' education to build a democratic global society against extremism in a message to IFWEA affiliates in Pakistan and Belgium citing the Emergency Resolution Against Terrorism that was adopted in 2015 at its 22nd General Conference in Lima, Peru: “It is a great relief to know that you and your staff are safe after the shocking events. Our thoughts are with you and all in Belgium and Pakistan."

SOUTH AFRICA IFWEA and Shoprite Checkers UNI Alliance Meeting at Community House

photographs via FES Trade Union Competence Centre Sub-Sahara Africa -TUCC

ASIA: NEPAL, PAKISTAN and HONG KONG affiliates CLASS Nepal, Labour Education Foundation (LEF) and Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) Meeting

Director of LEF Khalid Mahmood and Executive Secretary General of CLASS Nepal Tilak Jang Khadka report on this regional meeting

PAKISTAN via Labour Education Foundation (LEF) "Trade unions, student unions, women rights NGOs, people’s movements have to come together to save our society." by Khalid Mahmood

'In Pakistan we need to have a very clear policy by the state to fight the ideology of extremism and militancy. There should be pubic discourse against extremis and state should encourage such progressive forces who are able to mobilise people against terrorism ideology. Trade unions, student unions, women rights NGOs, people’s movements have to come together to save our society. All the progressive, secular and democratic forces must stand together, under the banner of radical peace, justice and equality for all.'

SOUTH AFRICA: Introducing new IFWEA Affiliate Member - Association for Fairness in Trade (AFIT)

"AFIT Contributes to workers education by developing and running participatory workshops and training events for farm workers. The training we do is based on the pedagogy of Paulo Freire and we have recently been working with the pedagogy of Augusto Boal who uses theatre as an education tool. We also support exchange visits between farms and it is workers at our AGM who area asked to provide input and direction to the organisations education focus. We see our meetings as important spaces for learning as well and we use meetings to build workers skills and knowledge."

EUROPE via Solidar: Editorial by Conny Reuter, SOLIDAR Secretary General "The day after…"

"All of us are still shocked by yesterday’s terrible terrorist attacks at Brussels International Airport and at the Maelbeek metro station, places where we (Belgians and Europeans) could have been – as we cross these places on a daily basis - on the wrong moment. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. Our thoughts also go to those fire worker, policemen and –women, doctors, nurses and other staff who were immediately at the scene to help, support and save lives. The trauma will last longer than the headlines in the media. And again many questions will remain unsolved."

IFWEA Secretariat: Introducing Programme Manager Saliem Patel

"Saliem Patel is fulltime Programme Manager at IFWEA overseeing the activities of IFWEA projects including the Online Labour Academy, Study Circles Project and Youth Globalisationa Awareness Programmes (YGAPs)."

COLOMBIA: La introducción de nueva FIAET Miembro Afiliado - ENS (Escuela Nacional Sindical) / Introducing new IFWEA Affiliate Member ENS (Escuela Nacional Sindical)

'La Escuela Nacional Sindical, ENS, es fundada en Medellín en 1982 por un grupo de mujeres y hombres profesionales, profesores universitarios y dirigentes sindicales, interesados en actuar socialmente en beneficio del conjunto de trabajadoras y trabajadores colombianos desde una perspectiva pluralista, no partidista y autónoma; en aportar conocimientos y experiencias en el estudio de la realidad laboral de los trabajadores y las trabajadoras; y en la formación de sus dirigentes. Nacida como una institución dedicada a tareas educativas con sindicatos en el departamento de Antioquia, la ENS ha venido ampliando su actividad a través de los años con los sectores más vulnerables y no organizados de la población trabajadora, diversificando su actividad y ampliando su radio geográfico de acción. Escuela Nacional Sindical –ENS was founded at Medellin in 1983, by a group of professional men and women, college teachers and union leaders, interested all of the in acting socially on benefit of the Colombian working people, since a plural, nonpartisan and autonomous perspective, for providing knowledge and experiences on the study of the Colombian labor reality, and on the education of the union leaders.'

SOUTH AFRICA: Introducing new IFWEA Affiliate Member - Access Trust

Director Helga Jansen-Daugbjerg: "he challenges faced by youth are not unique to South Africa. It is an almost universal challenge in regions in both the global south, and global north, as migrant and first generation populations grow in the North. As an organisation developing networks with labour, vocational and progressive civil society organisations across regions will strengthen the work we do, and contribute to building global solidarity for the issues facing youth workers." read more, join their Facebook group here

Weekly Labour News

South Korea: “The world must wake up and see what is happening here” by Building and Worker's International

"Since last year hundreds of trade union leaders and members have faced criminal charges for taking part in protests and union activities. Today on the 19th of August starts a second hearing in the appellate court for the 15 members of the Branch of Tower Crane Operators Union of the Korean Construction Workers Union affiliated to the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Unions in South Korea. These committed trade unionists were sentenced to up to 3 years in prison. "


"Former mine workers attend a memorial service during a remembrance ceremony in Marcinelle, Belgium, on 8 August, 2006. The mine disaster at the “Bois du Cazier” claimed the lives of 262 people, mostly immigrant miners."

ECUADOR "Government threatens to shut down teachers' union" via Education International

"The teachers' union UNE of Ecuador (Unión Nacional de Educadores) is facing the threat of being shut down as the Ministry of Education has initiated proceedings for the union's legal dissolution."

ASIA / CHINA Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions: "Statement from Hong Kong labour groups on the prosecution of labour activists in Guangdong"

'Guangdong labour activists Zeng Feiyang, Meng Han, Zhu Xiaomei and Tang Huanxing, who were arrested by Chinese police on 3rd December, 2015, were charged with “disturbing social order” by the People’s Procuratorate of Panyu District, Guangzhou Municipality in June and will be on trial in the near future. In the December incident, more than 50 activists were interrogated and seven were detained or went missing. This prosecution is part of President Xi's crackdown on labour activists and gravely threatens the survival of civil society in China."

IndustriAll: "UK oil and gas workers to embark on first North Sea strike in a generation"

"Almost 400 members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates Unite and the RMT at multinational oil and gas services company Wood Group will take industrial action on 26 July in a dispute over 30 per cent pay cuts and changes to allowances. The workers are employed by Wood Group across eight Shell oil and gas platforms in the Brent Field, located of the coast off Shetland in the North Sea. The workers will take strike action on 26 July – the first North Sea strike in a generation. They will also be taking action short of strike action. The first 24-hour stoppage will on Tuesday July 26 and will be followed by a series of other stoppages over the following weeks."

COLOMBIA via Telesur English: "Colombia Announces New Fines Against Striking Truckers" by

"Transportation workers demand the government lower the price of tolls and gasoline, as well as increase cargo shipping rates through land by 30 percent, to benefit the country’s transportation union. The two sides began talks earlier this month, however negotiations were called off because the government contends that lowering fuel prices would cause inflation to spike."

FRANCE via Canadian Labour Reporter: "French government forces labour bill through Parliament" by

PARIS (AP) — 'France's government forced approval of a contested labour bill in the lower house of Parliament without a vote Tuesday — for a second time — because of resistance from the left and right.'


'It’s been more than a month since the presidential elections in the Philippines and 19-year-old Joseph still wears a wristband bearing the name of President Rodrigo Duterte as he carries out minor auto repairs and washes cars at a workshop in Pasay City, just south of the capital city, Manila. “Duterte is tough. He will lift us from poverty,” says Joseph when asked why he voted for Duterte who was inaugurated as president today.'