Columbia, the most dangerous country in the world for unionists, is petitioning for membership in the OECD. Labour objects. A RadioLabour interview with John Evans, the General-Secretary of TUAC - the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.
Duration: 2' 37" Audio
The global unions IndustriALL and UNI have led negotiations with garment multinationals for a fire and safety code for Bangladeshi factories. Twenty-four companies signed. Walmart and Gap refused. A RadioLabour report featuring Philip Jennings, General-Secretary of UNI and Jyrki Raina, IndustriALL General-Secretary. Duration: 5' 0" Audio
Education International is organizing a global campaign to support quality education. EI is the global union federation which represents teachers and their unions at the world level. A RadioLabour interview with a Deputy General-Secretary of EI, Charlie Lennon. Duration: 6' 46" Audio
The International Monetary Fund has been attacking collective bargaining as part of its programme to force austerity progammes on governments. A RadioLabour interview with the General-Secretary of the ITUC, Sharan Burrow. Duration: 9' 05" Audio
Employees of Durham Bus Services in the US have been trying to join the Teamsters union. But the company,owned by National Express in the UK, is actively resisting their right to join a union. RadioLabour interviews with: Louis Malizia, the
Assistant Director of the Capital Strategies Department of the Teamsters, and Mac Urata from the International Transport Workers Federation, and Stefan Heimlich from the German union ver.di
In Bangladesh an eight-story building housing garment factories with 2,500 employees, mostly young women, collapsed. 300 were killed, some 8L00 were injured. Duration: 8' 15" Audio
In Bangladesh in 2012 122 workers died in a fire in a garment factory. Many of the companies who had garments made in the factory are compensating the victims familes. But US retailers WalMart and Sears are refusing. Duration: 2' 11" Audio
A report by the labour rights group La Almeda in Argentinian prompted police to raid a factory making clothes for the fashion company Zara. They found workers, including children, working as slaves. Duration: 4' 11" Audio
Andy Hall, a British labour and human rights activist working in Southeast Asia is facing lawsuits which could result in a fine of $10 million and up to seven years in prison. Mr Hall is a researcher who reported labour abuses and the use of child labour by Natural Fruit Company Ltd in Thailand. Duration 7' 1" Audio
Margaret Thatcher, the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died April 8, 2013 at 83. She was seen by many in the British labour movement as not only anti-union but also destructive to a caring society. RadioLabour explores why she was hated by many workers in the country.
Duration 5' 0" Audio
15 students from Latin America who went to the United States for a cultural exchange programme ended up working under slave-like conditions for McDonald's. Last year 400 students were treated the same way by Hershey's.
Duration 9' 45" Audio
200 union delegates and volunteers at the UN conference about violence towards women and girls helped win a major victory.
Duration 5' 0" Audio
On March 14, 2013 the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) held a demonstration of 15,000 in Brussels to protest the austerity programmes of European governments. A RadioLabour interview with Patrick Ischert, the ETUC's Deputy General Secretary.
Duration 3' 06" Audio
The theme of the UN's 2013 session on the status of women was the elimination of violence against women and girls. 200 union activists attended the conference to make sure labour's views were heard. A RadioLabour interview with Sandra Vermuyten, the Equality and Rights Officer of Public Services International
Duration 3' 49" Audio
The theme of International Women's Day 2013 is the elimination of violence against women and girls. A RadioLabour interview with Claire Courteille, the director of the ITUC Equality Department. Duration 8' 42" Audio
On January 6, 2013, workers at a garment factory in Bangladesh died in a fire. The global union Industriall negotiated monetary compensation for the families of the victims. Duration 10' 06" Audio
Millions of workers in India went on on strike demanding the government implement labour laws, stop privatizing public enterprises and provide social protection for the working poor. Duration: 4' 58" Audio
T-Mobile workers receive support from the General-Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow Duration: 2' 03" Audio
16 European countries have found horsemeat labelled as beef in their food chains. The UK's biggest union - UNISON - blames government cutbacks resulting in less vigorous food inspection. Duration: 6' 5" Audio
Government austerity programmes are worsening the global economic crisis. Rosa Pavanelli is the General-Secretary of Public Services International (PSI). She outlines the effects austerity programmes are having on national economies and presents the labour movement's alternatives. Duration: 9' 58" Audio
Canada and the European Union are negotiating a free trade deal called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement - CETA. The deal could have serious effects on the cost of pharmaceuticals in Canada and how local governments buy goods and services. A RadioLabour interview with the President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Paul Moist. Audio
How labour uses radio around the world, with a special focus on Africa. Duration: 10' 37" Audio
The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) has led a successful campaign to force Europe to protect the public supply of water. Audio
In the past couple of years the attacks on public employee unions in the United States has intensified. Paul Booth is a long-time union activist and now Executive Assistant to the president of AFSCME - the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Audio
Twenty years ago the mining and smelting multinational, Rio Tinto, busted the union at its operations in Tasmania. But the Australian Workers Union never gave up. And now the workers have voted to re-join the union. Audio
The American Federation of Teachers and the global union federation Education International have partnered to enable teachers in Egypt, Georgia, Honduras and Zimbabwe to promote workers' rights. Audio
Austerity programmes are worsening the global economic crisis. Phillip Jennings, the General-Secretary of UNI, the global union federation for skills and services, says business and government leaders should work with labour unions to solve the crisis. Audio
T-Mobile is a tele-
communications company in the US owned by a German multinational. A cross-Atlantic coalition is trying to unionize its 20,000 workers. Audio
Labour is telling world governmental and corporate leaders meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to create more jobs. One of the union leaders at the Forum is John Evans, the General-Secretary of TUAC - the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD. Audio
Walmart's takeover of a large retailer in South Africa has been approved. But labour bodies are concerned that small suppliers and workers will lose out. Audio
1.5 million seafarers help transport 90% of the world's goods on 53,000 ships. They often work in unsafe conditions for low wages. Audio
A new ILO study shows that domestic workers work many more hours during the week than other workers and many do not get any days off. Audio
Human trafficking into slavery or bonded labour effects two million workers a year. Labour trafficking has now overtaken even trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation. Audio
With the help of the American Federation of Teachers 350 Filipino teachers working in the US have won a major court battle in their fight for justice. Audio
More than a million migrant workers are in Qatar building the facilties for the 2022 World Cup of Football. They work and live in slave-like conditions. ITUC General-Secretary Sharon Burrow visited the country recently to lobby on behalf of the workers.
In America the United Auto Workers union - the UAW - has been working on organizing workers at the Nissan automobile plant in the state of Mississippi. The organizing drive is being supported at the international level by the global union Industriall. An interview with Industriall General-Secretary Jyrki Raina. Audio
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