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EGYPT: "The Center for Trade Union and Worker Services Opposes the Anti Terrorism law Confronting terrorism can only be achieved by inviting all of the sectors and strata of society to participate and not to threaten them or exclude them."

28.8.2015
'After the amendment of some of the articles in the first draft of the law approved by the cabinet in the beginning of last July a decree law number 94 for the year 2015 came out issuing an anti terrorism law dated August 15, 2015 and it was published in issue 33 repeated of the official newspaper. As usual everyone was surprised by the law published in the official newspaper on Sunday August 16. Thus surfaced once more a wave of arguments, objections and fears that the first draft had also raised. The government was content with partial amendments of its project that had been done in response to the notes of the Higher Council of Judiciary that were worth noting.'

AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD: "New ILO handbook on Education for the Unions" launched by ILO's ACTRAV (Bureau for Workers' Activities)

13.8.2015
'The handbook emphasizes the importance of training educators and focuses on ‘educating the union educator’ to implement education activities that are learner focused and based on the principles of solidarity and collectivism. It recognizes that education is a vital part of a union strategy and action plans because it encourages the involvement and confidence of workers to play a role in the union strengthening negotiations, representation and campaigns.

REGISTER NOW for IFWEA's 22nd General Conference... NOTE: update on Conference Fee

5.8.2015
1) Category 2 – 3 affiliates in good standing can apply for a reduced concessionary conference fee if they register by 30th September 2015. 2) On application to the IFWEA Secretariat, Category 4 affiliates in good standing can apply for the waiving of conference fees and four nights shared accommodation costs for one delegate per organisation. This application should be made directly to the IFWEA Secretariat at the following email address: ifweasecretariat@lrs.org.za

IFWEA E-BULLETIN ISSUE 29 / Second Quarter 2015 / Register Now! On IFWEA's 22nd General Conference Website!

10.7.2015
Greetings from the IFWEA Secretariat and General Secretary: "Registration for the IFWEA 22nd General Conference in Lima Peru, 5 – 7 December 2015 is now open! The theme of the Conference is “Precarity or Solidarity? The role of workers’ education in building the 21st Century global labor movement.” The 22nd General Conference theme flows directly from the theme of our 21st Global Conference in 2011 which was titled “Facing Flexibility”, and takes us to the next level of discussion. ▶ Read further for all links to 22nd General Conference, and to the rest of Issue 29

PALESTINE: "DWRC - The Democracy and Workers' Right Center releases report "Independent trade unions in Arab countries: situation, challenges and future perspectives"

29.6.2015
'Do you want to know more about the challenges faced by ‪#‎independent‬ ‪#‎trade_unions‬ in the ‪#‎Arab_region‬? Read DWRC report about the regional meeting on “Independent trade unions in Arab countries: situation, challenges and future perspectives” held in Amman, Jordan, between September 20 and 23, 2014, with the participation of 34 trade unionists representing independent sectorial federations and trade unions from Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco. The report consists of the work papers submitted by participants in the meeting, which highlight the situation of the trade union movement in these countries, the nature of the challenges faced by independent trade unions, and the situation of freedom of association and the right to organize.'

Labour News

EQUAL TIMES: JAMAICA "" by Zadie Neufville

today
'La industria azucarera de Jamaica está tratando de capear la “tormenta perfecta” generada por los altos costos de producción, una sequía de dos años que ha dejado como saldo la drástica caída de la cosecha en algunos de sus cañaverales más productivos y las previsiones que anuncian una bajada de precios en un mercado global altamente competitivo. Como corolario, cabe esperar una reestructuración y pérdidas de empleo, como ya puede constatarse en la parroquia oriental de Santo Tomás. Sin embargo, los hay que piensan que esta situación podría marcar el inicio de un nuevo inicio.'

EQUAL TIMES: JAMAICA "Jamaica’s sugar job losses signal an industry at a crossroads" by Zadie Neufville

today
'Jamaica’s sugar industry is attempting to weather a perfect storm of high production costs, a two-year drought resulting in falling yields for some of its most productive cane fields and low price forecasts on a highly competitive global market. As a result, restructuring and job losses are expected, as already seen in the eastern parish of St Thomas. But for some, this could mark the start of a new beginning.'

EQUAL TIMES: GLOBAL "No se puede hablar del agua sin hablar de democracia" por Pablo Sanchez

28.8.2015
'El lunes comenzó en Estocolmo (Suecia) la Semana Mundial del Agua. El evento, organizado por el instituto internacional del agua Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), cumple este año su 25 aniversario y se ha convertido en un foco anual para los problemas mundiales del agua, desde su lanzamiento en 1991. La Semana Mundial del Agua reúne a unos 2.500 expertos, incluidos profesionales, instancias decisorias e innovadores empresariales. Lamentablemente, participan muy pocos miembros de la sociedad civil de los gobiernos representativos que alcanzaron la Resolución sobre el derecho humano al agua en 2010.'

EQUAL TIMES: GLOBAL "You can’t talk about water without talking about democracy" by Pablo Sanchez

28.8.2015
'Monday marked the launch of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The event, now in its 25th year, is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and has been an annual focal point for global water issues since its launch in 1991. World Water Week brings together some 2,500 experts, including practitioners, decision makers, and business innovators. However, there are very few members of civil society participating from the representative governments that achieved the Human Right to Water resolution in 2010.'

EQUAL TIMES: RWANDA "El Parlamento de Ruanda a punto de extender la licencia por maternidad retribuida al 100%" por Nasra Bishumba

26.8.2015
'Aunque Ruanda lidere el pelotón en términos de representación femenina parlamentaria (el 64% de todos los diputados de Ruanda son mujeres), tiene aún mucho camino que recorrer en cuanto a derechos de las mujeres en el trabajo. El país continúa registrando numerosos casos de violencia de género y sigue teniendo como prioridad urgente abordar la desigualdad entre los hombres y las mujeres de las zonas rurales. Pero se ha presentado un proyecto de ley de licencia por maternidad que varias organizaciones sindicales y de la sociedad civil consideran un paso gigante en la dirección correcta. Si el Parlamento ruandés aprueba el Plan de Prestaciones de Licencia por Maternidad, las trabajadoras disfrutarán de 12 semanas de licencia por maternidad con salario íntegro.'

EQUAL TIMES: RWANDA "Rwanda’s parliament set to extend 100% maternity leave" by Nasra Bishumba

26.8.2015
'Rwanda may be leading the pack when it comes to female representation in parliament (64 per cent of all Rwandan MPs are women) but when it comes to women’s rights in the workplace, there is still some way to go. Incidents of gender-based violence are still high and tackling gender inequality is still an urgent priority for women in rural areas. But a draft law on maternity leave is being heralded as a massive step in the right direction by civil society organisations and trade unions. If the Maternity Leave Benefits Scheme is approved by the Rwandan parliament, working women will be given 12 weeks of fully-paid maternity leave.'

EQUAL TIMES: HONDURAS "Honduras obliga a Carlos Slim a pagar impuestos" por Emilio Godoy

25.8.2015
'Las empresas multinacionales en América Latina reclaman seguridad, servicios eficientes, infraestructura y calidad educativa, pero están poco dispuestos a contribuir con su aporte mediante el pago justo de impuestos. Uno de esos casos es Honduras, a la par que uno de los países más desiguales del continente. El gobierno encabezado por el conservador Juan Orlando Hernández obligó a la compañía telefónica Claro, filial de la mexicana América Móvil (AM) –propiedad del magnate Carlos Slim-, a pagar impuestos atrasados por al menos 2.5 millones de USD.'

EQUAL TIMES: HONDURAS "Honduras makes Carlos Slim pay its tax" by Emilio Godoy

25.8.2015
'The multinational companies in Latin America demand security, efficient services, infrastructure and good educational standards, but they are not very willing to contribute themselves by paying their fair share of tax. Honduras is a case in point, and is one of the most unequal countries on the continent. The government, led by the conservative Juan Orlando Hernández, has made the telephone company Claro, a subsidiary of the Mexican multinational América Móvil (AM) – owned by the magnate Carlos Slim - pay tax arrears of at least US$ 2.5 million.'

EQUAL TIMES: SIRIA "La línea púrpura de la ONU en Siria" by Emmanuel Haddad

24.8.2015
'“La situación es tan desesperada, debido a los constantes bombardeos del régimen sirio y a la guerra psicológica del Estado Islámico, que cada buena noticia, por mínima que sea, cuenta. La Resolución 2235 del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU [Organización de las Naciones Unidas] es una de ellas. Por primera vez, los expertos enviados van a proceder a una investigación para encontrar al responsable de los ataques químicos perpetrados en Siria” afirma Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, experto británico en armas químicas, en una entrevista con Equal Times.'

EQUAL TIMES: SYRIA "The UN draws a purple line in Syria" by Emmanuel Haddad

24.8.2015
'“The situation is so desperate, between the Syrian regime’s constant bombings and Islamic State’s psychological warfare, that people seize every piece of good news, however small. UN [United Nations] Security Council Resolution 2235 is one of them. For the first time, an expert mission is going to investigate to find out who is responsible for the chemical attacks perpetrated in Syria,” explains Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a British chemical-weapons expert, in an interview with Equal Times.'

EQUAL TIMES: "Tener en cuenta la diferencia de género en la economía digital" por Yvonne Lott

21.8.2015
'En los debates actuales, a menudo se discute sobre si la digitalización es buena o mala para los trabajadores. Algunos esperan que con la denominada revolución digital, el trabajo trascienda aún más que ahora a otros ámbitos de la vida. La autoorganización de los trabajadores, destinada a aumentar debido a la digitalización, amenaza con abrumarlos y provocar problemas de salud tales como el agotamiento, así como conflictos entre vida laboral y familiar.'

EQUAL TIMES: GLOBAL "Minding the gender gap in the digital economy" by Yvonne Lott

21.8.2015
'In current debates, people often discuss whether digitalisation is good or bad for employees. Some expect that with the so-called digital revolution, work will spill over into other areas of life even more than it does today. Employees’ self-organisation, said to increase through digitalisation, threatens to overburden them. Health problems such as burnout and work-life conflicts are likely.'

EQUAL TIMES: "La caída de los precios de la leche lleva al borde del precipicio a los ganaderos británicos" por Matteo Congregalli

20.8.2015
'El domingo pasado transcurría como un día cualquiera en el supermercado Asda de Stafford (Reino Unido), hasta que los clientes vieron dos vacas caminando por los pasillos. Los animales, pastoreados por ganaderos locales, entraron en la tienda y se dirigieron directamente a la sección de lácteos. Uno de ellos gritó ante los clientes: “¡Una pinta de leche no puede ser más barata que una de agua!”, antes de comprar toda la leche disponible y distribuirla gratis fuera del establecimiento.'

EQUAL TIMES: UK "Falling milk prices push British farmers to the brink" by Matteo Congregalli

20.8.2015
'It was business as usual at an Asda supermarket in Stafford, United Kingdom last Sunday – until shoppers saw two cows walking through the aisles. The animals, herded by local farmers, entered the store and headed straight to the dairy aisle. One of the farmers shouted to customers, “A pint of milk cannot be cheaper than water!” before buying all the milk available and distributing it outside the store for free.'

EGIPTO: "Ley antiterrorista de Egipto amordaza la libertad de expresión" por Deena Gamil

19.8.2015
“Mi vida cambió para siempre la mañana del miércoles 14 de agosto de 2013. Estaba tomando fotografías de las personas que protestaban en las calles de El Cairo, cuando llegó la policía y cerró las calles. Miles de personas fueron inmediatamente detenidas, no solo los partidarios de Morsi, sino también decenas de personas atrapadas simplemente por estar en el lugar equivocado en el momento equivocado”. Estas líneas fueron tomadas de una carta enviada en abril a diversos medios de comunicación y grupos pro derechos humanos por Mahmoud Abou Zeid, conocido como Shawkan, desde su celda de la prisión. La historia de este reportero gráfico egipcio de 27 años no es única en Egipto: es la historia de muchos periodistas que cada vez más se convierten en blanco del Gobierno debido a su trabajo, y que están a punto de experimentar nuevas medidas de silenciamiento mediante la ley de lucha contra el terrorismo que entró en vigor el lunes.

EGYPT: "Egypt’s anti-terrorism law muzzles freedom of expression" by Deena Gamil

19.8.2015
“My life changed forever on the morning of Wednesday, 14 August, 2013. I was taking pictures of people protesting on the streets of Cairo when police came and locked-down the streets. Thousands of people were immediately arrested – not only Morsi supporters, but also dozens of people caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time”. These lines are taken from a letter sent to various media and human rights groups in April by Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, from his prison cell. The story of the 27-year-old Egyptian photojournalist is not unique in Egypt: it is the story of many reporters who are increasingly targeted by the government because of their work and who are about to witness new gagging measures with the anti-terrorism law that entered into force on Monday.

EQUAL TIMES: "La valla fronteriza de Hungría deja a los migrantes atrapados en el limbo" por Kristina Jovanovski

18.8.2015
'Aftab Habib es una de las decenas de personas sentadas en el suelo de la estación de tren de Keleti en Budapest, que ha sido su vivienda durante las dos últimas noches. Hace cinco meses abandonó su hogar en Afganistán en búsqueda de una vida mejor.Hoy, después de haber viajado a través de Irán, Grecia, Macedonia y Serbia, la vida con la que sueña está a un paso de hacerse realidad y, al mismo tiempo, se encuentra casi fuera de su alcance. Aftab tiene un billete de ida para Alemania, pero la policía le ha impedido subirse al tren porque no tiene pasaporte.'

EQUAL TIMES: HUNGARY "Hungary’s border fence traps migrants in limbo" by Kristina Jovanovski

18.8.2015
'Aftab Habib is one of dozens of people sitting on the floor at Budapest’s Keleti train station, his home for the last two nights. Five months ago he left his home in Afghanistan in search of better life. Today, after travelling through Iran, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia, the life he dreams of is both within touching distance and almost out of reach. Aftab has a one-way ticket to Germany but has been stopped by police from boarding the train because he does not have a passport.'

EQUAL TIMES: "La vía hacia una producción de azúcar más ética en Camboya continúa estancada" por Lauren Crothers

17.8.2015
'Durante más de 30 años, Chhim Phay, una madre de nueve hijos, había estado cultivando junto con su familia una modesta parcela de ocho hectáreas en la provincia de Kompong Speu, Camboya. Sin embargo aquella tranquilidad les fue arrebatada a principios de 2011 cuando el Senador Ly se apropió de cinco de esas hectáreas. La empresa de este poderoso Senador, la Phnom Penh Sugar Company – una filial propiedad íntegra del LYP Group – hacía tiempo que se dedicaba de sus tierras, a expulsar a los campesinosen ocasiones de manera violenta.'

EQUAL TIMES: CAMBODIA " In Cambodia, the path to ’clean sugar’ is still paved with delays" by Lauren Crothers

17.8.2015
'For more than 30 years, mother-of-nine Chhim Phay and her family farmed a modest, eight-hectare plot of land in Cambodia’s Kompong Speu province. That tranquillity, however, was snatched from them in early 2011 when five of those hectares were lost to powerful Senator Ly Yong Phat, whose Phnom Penh Sugar Company– a wholly owned subsidiary of LYP Group – had been driving farmers off their land, sometimes violently.'

 

 

Solidar: Call for Solidarity

Solidarity to Provide Aid to the Victims of the Earthquake that hit Nepal

A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck Nepal and caused major destruction in the whole country. According to official numbers more than at least 3,900 people and injured 7,000people have lost their lives. It is feared that the number of deaths will keep rising. The epicentre of the earthquake was located only about 80 kilometres west of the capital Kathmandu. This was the strongest earthquake in the last 80 years. The Nepalese government has declared a state of emergency.

SOLIDAR members AWO International, ASB Germany, Danish People’s Aid, SOLIDAR Suisse, Samaritan Austria, Volkshilfe Austria, Norwegian People’s Aid together with their Nepalese partners, are working to raise funds and to deploy missions to the epicentre to help those people in need with first aid, shelter, medications, food and other support.

You can help the people in Nepal by making a donation to the SOLIDAR Foundation for Humanitarian Cooperation:
IBAN: BE53 7310 0861 1753
BIC: KREDBEBB
ACCOUNT HOLDER: SOLIDAR Foundation for humanitarian, development and European cooperation ASBL
Mentioning the following sentence when doing the payment: Nepal Solidarity

The incoming funds will be channelled to our members and their partners active in Nepal. SOLIDAR Foundation will regularly update on the use of the funds.

Do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions or remarks. The Nepalese count on your solidarity!

 

 

SOUNDZ OF THE SOUTH: 'Train Cypher against Xeno/afrophobia attacks in Azania'

in South Africa : 'Train Cypher against Xeno/afrophobia attacks in Azania [uncut video] by  Soundz of the South Sos  With Khusta, Java, Bongs, Ntska Freeze, Anela, Phillippi High Speaks Shot by C'de Anele, Organised by Solitude and C'de Anele'

watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/SOStraincypher#

 

 

 

via WIEGO: THAILAND, INDIA and SOUTH AFRICA "This video by WIEGO and partners, Asiye eTafuleni(AeT) in South Africa; HomeNet Thailand; and the Self-Employed Women's Association in India tells the stories of informal workers and the difficulties they face in accessing health services in their respective countries. It also presents some of the solutions that each of these organizations has developed to mitigate against these barriers to access.
If you are interested in learning more on this topic, please read the accompanying blog post on our blog at wiego.org/blogs..."

▶ watch here  https://www.youtube.com/watch/WIEGO#?

 

via Soundz of the South: SOUTH AFRICA "Performance Tribute to Marikana martyrs at the Zolani center. w/ Kusta, Mawethu Gejies and Karl Myx. Shot by Cde Anele"

▶ watch here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7MuZlEiLWA

 

 

via Equal Times: Brazil: "Waste pickers of Brazil unite"

'In Ourinhos, Brazil, waste pickers got organised, got out of the informal economy and, in the process, managed to secure a better standard of living.'

▶ watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB96Tzs1Hh0

 

via Equal Times:  India "Child labour and exploitation in India's cotton fields"

"Some 20 per cent of workers in Gujurat's cotton fields in India are thought to be children. They are unwilling recruits of a massive forgotten army of child labourers, who work alongside their mothers and fathers from day to hard-scrabble day, families at the very base of India’s labour pyramid."

▶ watch here https://www.youtube.com/EqualTimes#India

 
via International Labour Organisation (ILO): "Very few of the estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide are covered by labour laws. In 2011, the ILO's Member States adopted the Domestic Workers' Convention (N°189) to protect their rights, promote equality of opportunity and treatment, and improve working and living conditions. So far, 17 countries have ratified this convention. Let's keep the momentum!"

▶ watch here  https://www.youtube.com/watch/C189#

 

 
 

 

International Labour Organisation's World Employment Social Outlook:
'It's not just employment trends which are changing. It's the very nature of jobs. Here's what that means.'

▶ watch here https://www.facebook.com/ILO.ORGWorEmploSociaOut#

 

 
 
TURKEY via ILO: 'Like hazelnuts? In Turkey, they're often harvested by children. But that's starting to change.'
TURKEY via ILO: 'Like hazelnuts? In Turkey, they're often harvested by children.But that's starting to change.'

▶ watch here https://www.facebook.com/ILO.ORG

 

EQUAL TIMES  Video Series on Informal Work:

▶ In Morocco, some 70,000 people work in call centres, mostly for French companies. But another 30,000 endure hard working conditions in informal call centres.In English: http://bit.ly/1DXlJMJ
En français: http://bit.ly/1DXoAFx
En Español: http://bit.ly/1HvzSor(Like this story? Then share it! And don't forget to like our Facebook page >> https://www.facebook.com/equaltimes or follow us on Twitter >> https://twitter.com/equaltimes)

EQUAL TIMES  Video Series on Informal Work:

▶ In Rwanda, moto-taxi drivers have secured better wages and social protection, thanks to the organising efforts of cooperatives and trade unions.
In English: http://bit.ly/1HvuxNI
En français: http://bit.ly/1DXoRrL
En Español: http://bit.ly/1Emsglt
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INDONESIA via LO-TCO Biståndsnämnd 'Indonesian workers need stronger unions, increased minimum wages and social security, according to Prihanani Boenadi of the Indonesian metalworkers union FSPMI.'
watch the interview here www.youtube.com/watchTCO#

 

 

EQUAL TIMES  Video Series on Informal Work:

in India : 'Twelve-year-old Muhammad earns US$ 8 per month working in India gemstone industry. Nobody knows how many other children do the same. In English: http://bit.ly/1EmhUCi  En français: http://bit.ly/1DXnIAw  En Español: http://bit.ly/1DXpu4A

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BANGLADESH via International Labour Organisation:

'Who says a woman can't be an electrician?'

▶ watch the video here  https://www.facebook.com/ILO/WhoSays