Category: World News Update

Lesotho: Successful strike yields lockdown wages to garment workers

Lesotho: Successful strike yields lockdown wages to garment workers 17 June 2020: Over 50,000 garment workers returned to work on 17 June 2020 after a successful one-day strike which forced to the government to respect its commitment regarding payment of wages for the period work was stopped at all factories due to Coronavirus lockdown. Workers […]

Chile: Government unleashes violence on workers protesting against food shortage

Sudan: Government to set up special police force for protection of health workers 24 May 2020: After over two dozen attacks on health workers were reported in the last 2 months Sudan’s transitional authorities are mulling over creating a special police force for the protection of health workers and health facilities. Doctor’s associations and nurse’s […]

France: Amazon workers exercise right to refusal against company’s pressure to report to work

Zimbabwe: Health workers demand $10,000 per months as risk allowance 28 March 2020: In Zimbabwe, frontline health workers have declared that only those workers will report for work who are provided proper personal protective equipment and a risk allowance of $10,000 by the Ministry of Health and Child Care to the Health Services Bipartite Negotiating […]

US: California court says Apple Store workers must be paid for wait time

UK: Thousands of university workers strike 20 February 2020: University workers have formed picket lines on campuses in Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield, Essex, Newcastle and Cardiff among others across the UK on the first day of staggered strikes over higher education pay, pensions and working conditions. The University and College Union (UCU) reported that their strike […]

France: Workers register big win, government retracts proposal to amend pension laws

Brazil: Petrobras workers go on strike against proposed mass lay-offs 29 January 2020: The Oil Workers Federation (FUP) a confederation of 13 unions representing workers employed by Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has gone on strike against company’s plan to shut the Parana Nitrogen Fertilizer Plant and fire its 396 workers. FUP has said that the […]

Congo: Apple, Microsoft and Google sued over child labour deaths in cobalt mines

USA: App based companies appeal against California law for gig workers 31 December 2019: App based taxi companies Uber and Lyft and courier company Postmates have come together to file a case against the newly promulgated California law – AB-5 which mandates these companies to provide gig workers the same benefits as other workers – […]

US: Google fires 4 employees for unionizing

South Africa: SA Airways bows down to Union demand 29 November 2019: Struggling national airline South African Airways (SAA) was final forced to pay the outstanding salaries to its employees. The SAA board met with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan in a bid to find a solution to the financial crisis faced by the national airline. […]

USA: General Motors and United Auto Workers sign settlement after 33-day long strike

USA: General Motors and United Auto Workers sign settlement after 33-day long strike 17 October 2019: Over 49,000 striking workers of General Motors (GM) returned to work on 17 October 2019 after a successful 33-day strike. Workers striking under the banner of United Auto Workers Union were demanding full-time work for temporary workers, better health […]

US: 48,000 workers of General Motors strike work for better working conditions

Greece: Workers hold countrywide general strike against proposed changes in labour laws 24 September 2019: Ships, trains, buses did not ply while offices remained shut across Greece as workers struck work against Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s proposed changes in labour laws which would amend rules for calling a strike, allow non-implementation of collective working agreements […]

Apple concedes to employing children for manufacturing iPhones

Philippines: Workers demanding regularisation brutally attacked by police 19 August 2019: Workers of chemical factory of Peerless Producers Manufacturing Corp. (Pepmaco) in Calamba were brutally attacked by the police on the 15th day of their protest demanding regularisation of work and revision of wages. Over 20 workers suffered serious injuries and had to be hospitalised […]

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