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

21.6.2016
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."

SOUTH AFRICA / UK: GLOBAL SOLIDARITY - IFWEA Secretariat hosts ITF affiliate TSSA

20.6.2016
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

14.6.2016
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

30.5.2016
IFWEA Executive Committee Members have held their first meeting of 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

GLOBAL "May Day greeting from the IFWEA Secretariat"

1.5.2016
"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

4.4.2016
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

1.4.2016
photographs via FES Trade Union Competence Centre Sub-Sahara Africa -TUCC

Weekly Labour News

UK via The Guardian "Grieve now if you must – but prepare for the great challenges ahead" by Owen Jones

24.6.2016
'Britain has voted to leave the European Union: here is a statement that continues to shock leavers and remainers alike. Earlier this month I wrote that “unless a working-class Britain that feels betrayed by the political elite can be persuaded, then Britain will vote to leave the European Union in less than two weeks”. And this – perhaps the most dramatic event in Britain since the war – was, above all else, a working-class revolt. It may not have been the working-class revolt against the political establishment that many of us favoured, but it is undeniable that this result was achieved off the back of furious, alienated working-class votes.'

SOMALIA: via Equal Times "Somalia: journalists and trade unionists face increasing violence and violations" by Chris Burns

17.6.2016
"Twenty-four-year-old Sagal Salad Osman, a broadcaster and producer with the state-run Somali National Television (SNTV) and Radio Mogadishu, was near the University of Mogadishu where she was studying when two gunmen with pistols opened fire on her in early May."

USA: "Forget Hunger Strikes. What Prisons Fear Most Is Labor Strikes" by Raven Rakia

10.6.2016
"Prisoners throughout Alabama and Texas reclaim their humanity—and power—by shutting down the economic infrastructure of their prisons. On May 1, prison labor came to a halt in multiple prisons in Alabama, including Holman and Elmore prisons. Starting at midnight that day, prisoners stayed in their dormitories—refusing to show up for work at their assigned posts: the kitchen, the license plate manufacturing plant, the recycling plant, the food processing center, and a prison farm. The prisoners’ demands were pretty simple: basic human rights, educational opportunities, and a reform of Alabama’s harsh sentencing guidelines and parole board."

GREECE: "Civil servants to join strike."

3.6.2016
Greece’s ADEDY public sector union has called on civil servants to walk off the job on June 8 in solidarity with hospital workers and public school teachers who will be striking on the same day.

USA via www.standuptoverizon.com "Stand Up to Verizon"

27.5.2016
"After ten months trying to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 men and women who work at Verizon went on strike on April 13 to protect good jobs and to ensure quality service. It is the largest national strike in recent years. Despite making record profits — $39 billion in profits over the last three years — Verizon executives have been pushing to offshore jobs to the Philippines, Mexico and other locations, outsource work to low-wage contractors and transfer workers away from their families for months at a time. Verizon workers, who are ready to help install promised FiOS lines, the high-speed broadband service, are also frustrated with the company’s delay in providing the much needed service to customers. For years, Verizon has been cutting vital staff — it has nearly 40 percent fewer workers now than a decade ago — and has failed to hire the personnel necessary to properly roll out the service."

FRANCE: "Strikes continue against French labour law changes" by

20.5.2016
'Unions say 55,000 people took part in marches opposing overhaul that government says is needed to boost the economy.'
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ASIA MONITOR RESOURCE CENTRE (AMRC) HONG KON"New research report up on our website today, on "Decent Work and Labour Rights for Working Women in ‪#‎Bangladesh‬" by our partner LIE.
The action research looked into the working conditions of women workers in the garments industry, waste picking, tea plantations, domestic work, construction work and many others."

© photo by Ziaul Haque