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Posted Monday to Friday at 17:00 GMT
October 14 to 18, 2019
▶ A RadioLabour Special Report ▶ National debts at dangerous levels ▶ 47% of lower-income countries in jeopardy ▶ Workers and their unions will be victimized
Migrants in Lebanon need decent work / International labour is trying to help
Labour calls for changes to global rules / Supply chains hide horrendous work practices
Precarious work growing around the world / How to control the global supply chains / Chinese projects don't transfer skills to workers
The RadioLabour World Report
Friday September 20, 2019
▶ Protecting workers with just transition green economies ▶ How unions around the world supported young people in their climate strikes ▶ What teachers are doing to confront the climate emergency ▶ The LabourStart Report about union events ▶ And rappin': 'We Shall Not be Moved"
Why historic debt levels
are dangerous for workers
Sovereign debt levels around the world have dramatically risen, partly because of corporate lobbying. An interview with Daniel Bertossa, Assistant General Secretary of Public Services International.
Labour's fight for
Why labour is concerned about climate change and the need for a just transition for workers. An interview with the Director of the Just Transition Centre, Samantha Smith.
Lab-grown meat and unions
The food industry has started to market lab-grown meat and other proteins such as fish and dairy. An interview with Elisabeth Abergel who helped produce a study for the IUF global union
Right-wing attack on democracy
The ITUC's 2019 Global Rights Index shows that democracy is under attack. An interview with the Director of the ITUC's Legal Unit, Makbule Sahan.
Caging refugee children
in US must end
Children at the US-Mexico border are being separated from their parents and caged. Unions say this must end immediately.
How and why to ratify
ILO Convention 190
Unions lobby for ratification of ILO Convention 190 Against Violence and Harassment at Work. An interview with Marie Clarke Walker.
Gym and fitness employees
want healther jobs
A new survey shows that gym and fitness workers want better working conditions. An interview with Larry Savage.
Things get even worse
for Zimbabwe's workers
Conditions for workers in Zimbabwe are growing worse. An interview with the President of the Commercial Workers' Union of Zimbabwe, Barbara Gwangwara-Tanyanyiwa.
How Canada saved
the ILO from the Nazis
In 1940 Canada saved the ILO from the Nazis. An interview with McGill University professor Adelle Blackett.
Bangladesh Accord extended
The Bangladesh Building and Fire Safety Accord will be extended to allow for the establishment of a new arrangement. An interview with IndustriALL Deputy General Secretary Jenny Holdcroft.
the digital age
The International Federation of Journalists held its 30th Congress in Tunis, June 11-14, 2019. An interview with IFJ Deputy General Secretary, Jeremy Dear.
ACT now for decent
garment worker wages
A unique partnership between global unions and companies called ACT is aimed at helping workers in the garment industries win decent wages. An interview with ACT Executive Director, Frank Hoffer.
Labour leads way
on climate change
in New Zealand
At a climate change conference in New Zealand labour unions called for a Just Transition for workers to sustainable jobs. An interview with the Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Sam Huggard.
fighting child labour
The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions has been successfully working against child labour and helping informal workers. An interview with MCTU Secretary General Denis Chalera Kalekeni.
A report prepared for Education International warns that artifical intelligence poses serious concerns for student privacy and the number of teachers. An interview with the report's co-author, Anna Hogan.
Why a new
contract is needed
Millions will be worse off if a new social contract between governments, employers and unions is not negotiated. An interview with the Director of Communications for the International Trade Union Confederation, Tim Noonan
Google employees protest
in support of temp workers
900 Google employees signed a letter protesting the working conditions of temporary, vender and contract workers employed by the company. An interview with UNI Global Union General-Secretary, Christy Hoffman.
'Free Lula!' events
held in 30 countries
April 7, 2019 is the one-year anniversary of the imprisonment of former Brazilian president Lula. Events demanding his release were held in 30 countries. An interview with ITUC General-Secretary Sharan Burrow.
Millions in Lebanese
refugee camps need
decent public services
Public Services International and Swedish unions have partnered to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Lebanon. More than two million refugees need quality public services and decent work.
Honda closing auto plant in UK
Honda has announced the closing of its plant in Swindon, England, with the loss of thousands of jobs. Comments by UNITE's Assistant General Secretary for Manufacturing, Steve Turner
How the global transport
union is renewing itself
The International Transport Workers' Federation is renewing itself to better represent its 18 million members. An interview with ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.
African countries need
quality, public, education
Unions in Africa are fighting for quality, public, edcational systems against for-profit education corporations. An interview with Education International Project Director, Angelo Gavrielatos
UK unions object
to no-deal Brexit
British labour wants no-deal Brexit off the table. Unions want guarantees for workers' rights. Comments by the General Secretary of the British Trades Union Congress, Francis O'Grady
A solution to
A primary solution to crises such as authoritarian populism is to support unionized teachers. An interview with the General Secretary of Education International, David Edwards
ILO wage report:
Women still 20% behind men
The ILO has released its 2018-18 Global Wage Report which shows a "Mother Penalty" and a "Father Premium"
Garment industry needs
to work with global unions
Problems for workers in the garment producing industries can only be solved by companies working with unions. Jenny Holdcroft, an Assistant General-Secretary of IndustriALL global union, comments.
Global action for hotel workers
Hotel workers are fighting for decent work, safety, and protection from sexual harassment. An interview with the IUF's Coordinator of the Hotel, Restuarant and Tourism sectors, Massimo Frattini.
Mitsubishi trying to
break union in Thailand
After locking out 1,700 employees at its Electric plant in Thailand Mitsubishi humiliated the workers and refused to re-instate 29 workers.
Flilipino domestic workers
deserve decent work
Millions of domestic workers from the Philippines work around the world. They deserve decent wages and working conditions. An interview with Julius Cainglet, vice-president of the Federation of Free Workers of the Philippines.
The world needs
As the world faces ever increasing complex problems it needs more qualified teachers says the General-Secretary of Education International, David Edwards.
COSATU's first woman president, Zingiswa Losi, calls for worker unity towards socialism.
World faces shortage
of qualified teachers
An Education International report shows poor wages and working conditions for teachers and a worldwide shortage of qualified teachers. An interview with EI Research coordinator, Martin Henry.
Thousands of people of colour
in the UK face deportation
Thousands of people in the UK who were invited from the Caribbean and other regions to help with post-War reconstruction are in danger of being deported. An interview with Zita Holbourne, the chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC UK).
Gender pay equity by 2030
The Equal Pay Coalition (EPIC) is a group of unions, governments, NGOs and companies which is trying to win gender pay equity by 2030.
British Trades Union Congress
wants final vote on Brexit
The General Secretary of the British Trades Union Congress, Frances O'Grady, has called on the UK government to allow a parliamentary or referendum vote if the final Brexit deal is bad for workers.
Labour tells G20
to focus on decent work
At a meeting with the G20 employment ministers the L20 labour group told them to create sustainable, decent, work. An interview with the General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee of the OEDC, Pierre Habbard
Migrant workers in Qatar
can now leave employer
In a major blow against the "kafala" system migrant workers in Qatar will be allowed to leave the country without getting permission from their employer.
New World Bank rules
for decent work and unions
The World Bank has created a new set of rules for borrowers which promote decent work and labour unions. An interview with the Research Officer of the ITUC/Global Unions Washington Office, Leo Baunach.
US Supreme Court attacks
public employee unions
The US Supreme Court has hit public employee unions a major blow with the cancellation of fees unions can charge work-place non-union members for negotiation expenses.
Zimbabwe unions want
improved labour laws
Zimbabwe is militarizing and growing even more anti-union. An interview with Vimbai Zinyama, External Relations Officer for the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.
Iraq refusing to
apply new labour law
The Iraqi Ministry of Labour is refusing to implment a Parliament-adopted new labour law. An interview with Korea Goda, a representative of the General Federation of Iraqi Trade Unions.
Workers in Grenada need
long-term, decent, jobs
Grenada needs more employment opportunities and protection from the effects of climate change. An interview with the President General of the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union, Andre Lewis.
The world deserves
decent public services
Well-funded, quality public services are in jeopardy. An interview with the General Secretary of Public Services International, Rosa Pavanelli.
Steelworkers fight US tariffs
on EU, Canada and Mexico
Unions are fighting tariffs imposed by the US. An interview with Ken Neumann, National Director for Canada for the United Steelworkers union - the USW.
unprecedented court action
The EU Commission is refusing to bring forward to the European Council of member states a social dialogue agreement made by the unions and employers. An interview with the General Secretary of the European Public Service Union, Jan Willem Goudriaan.
How unions, employers and governments cooperate on the economy in Singapore. An interview with Patrick Tay, Executive Secretary of the Singapore Manual and Mercantile Workers' Union.
Education is more
than just testing
The global union Education International is fighting privatized and test-based education. An interview with EI General Secretary David Edwards.
Trade in Services Agreement
A huge trade deal called TiSA is being negotiated by governments and corporations in secret. An interview with Dr. Jane Kelsey author of an IUF report about TiSA.
Unions at Alternative
World Water Forum
Stopping the corporations from stealing the world's water systems. An interview with PSI Deputy General Secretary David Boys.
Automation may hit
The International Transport Workers Federation is not fighting automation. It's fighting poverty-level wages.
out of Africa
Labour unions are fighting illicit financial flows which steal billions from African economies. A RadioLabour interview with Caroline Khamati Mugalla, the Executive Secretary of the East Africa Trade Union Confederation
Millions of migrants enslaved
The International Migrants' Alliance is trying to help the world's 230 million migrant workers. A presentation by Alliance chairperson Eni Lestari.
Empowering black workers
in the United Kingdom
Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts (Barac)is fighting the effects of austerity on people of colour in the UK. A presentation by Zita Holbourne, a VP of the Public and Commercial Services Union and a co-founder of Barac
schools in Africa
The Ugandan government ordered the for-profit education corporation Bridge International Academies to close its schools in the country. Bridge refused.
UK's National Health System
in severe underfunding crisis
The NHS in the UK is severely underfunded so unions have called for a massive demo on February 3, 2018. A RadioLabour interview with Mark Serwotka, the General Secretary of PCS - the Public and Commercial Services union.
Fighting sexual harassment
in workplaces and unions
Sexual harassment in workplaces and unions must end. The AFL-CIO's anti-harassment programme for US labour.
The world's largest global union, Education International, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. A RadioLabour interview with EI's founding General-Secretary, Fred VanLeeuwen.
World's largest cement company
reneges on global agreement
In 2017 LafargeHolcim agreed to sign a global agreement to respect workers' rights. But in 2018 it refused to sign the agreement with IndustriALL and the Building and Woodworkers International.
Billions being stolen
Billions are being stolen from African economies. A RadioLabour interview with Joel Akhator Odigie, the Coordinator of Human and Trade Union Rights of ITUC-Africa.
How to fight for
human rights in corporations
More needs to be done to ensure respect for human rights in corporations. A RadioLabour report featuring the Deputy General-Secretary of UNI global union, Christy Hoffman.
Stop violence against women
The labour movement is participating in a global campaign to eliminate violence against women.
in the US but not UK
While the financial giant Santander works well with unions in the UK it is viciously fighting the unionization of its workers in the US.
Driverless trucks and job loss
The advent of autonomous trucks will result in million of job losses. An interview with Mac Urata of the International Transport Workers Federation.
Young people in Caribbean
need decent work
The 2017 ILO conference was told that young people in the Caribbean need decent jobs by Dionne Howard, an Industrial Relations Officer with the Barbados Workers' Union.
Respect for workers' rights
and green jobs
Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation, told ILO conference delegates workers need green economies and a just transition.
COTU-Kenya wants a just transition to greener economies
At the International Labour Organization's conference in Geneva the president of Kenya's Central Organization of Trade Unions, Francis Atwoli, called for a just transition for workers while countries react to climate change.
Is suicide increasing
The International Transport Workers Federation, the ITF, has been hearing more about suicides amongst seafarers and so it is embarking on a major study to determine the extent of the problem. A report featuring Kimberly Karlshoej the head of the ITF's Seafarers Trust
International day against
discrimination of LGBT people
How LGBT people are discriminated against in the workplace
VW turns viciously anti-union
in US southern state
Before it was caught cheating on emissions Volkswagen supported the right of workers at its Chattanooga, US, plant to unionize with the United Autoworkers (UAW). Now it's turned viciously anti-union.
Community chapters are key to union growth. A RadioLabour interview with the Director of Organizing at Canada's UNIFOR union, John Aman.
key to union growth
Engaging with workers in the community can help unions recruit new members. A RadioLabour report featuring the Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Sam Huggard.
Health care is
a basic human right
The global union Public Services International has started a campaign aimed at promoting universal public health coverage for all. A RadioLabour interview with PSI General-Secretary Rosa Pavanelli
Attacks on union and
democratic rights in Turkey
A hundred thousand teachers, public workers and others have been fired in Turkey. Trade unionists are being attacked as terrorists. A RadioLabour interview with Kemal Özkan, Assistant General Secretary of IndustriALL global union.
fundamental human rights
The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten warns that the policies of US President Donald Trump are attacks on fundamental human rights.
International support for
fired Yemeni oil workers
The Norway-based company DNO has illegally fired 175 Yemeni workers without pay. A RadioLabour interview with Espen Løken, the head of secretariat of Norway's Industri Energi.
Landmark ruling against
slavery in the Americas
The Inter-American Court on Human Rights has ordered Brazil to compensate 125 workers who were treated as slaves. A RadioLabour report with ITUC General-Secretary, Sharan Burrow.
Labour unions and
Artificial intelligence is quickly entering our workplaces. An interview with Christina Colclough, the Director of Platform and Agency Workers, Digitalisation and Trade at UNI Global Union.
Solidarity with Palestinians
November 29 is the International Day to Support the Palestinian People. Many unions conducted solidarity events
Chinese companies need to respect worker rights in Africa
While Chinese corporations spend billions in Africa unions are demanding respect for worker rights. An interview with the Regional Representative for Africa and Middle East of the Building and Woodworkers International, Crecentia Mofokeng.
Mozambique not recognizing
country's public sector union
The government of Mozambique is stopping a public sector union from forming. An interview with Tichaona Fambisa, Project Coordinator for Southern Africa, Public Services International.
150th year anniversary
of the world's first
Trades Union Congress
150 years ago workers in the UK formed the British Trades Union Congress to fight for the rights of working men and women. An interview with the General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O'Grady.
How the labour movement
was weakened by the right-wing
The president of the AFL-CIO in the United States, Richard Trumka, explains how the labour movement was weakened by attacks from the right wing.
Care economies could
create millions of jobs
Creating care economies would produce millions of jobs for both women and men. A report featuring Anna Lee Tuvera, the ITUC's Gender Specialist for the Asia-Pacific region
Fighting for women's
rights in Swaziland
The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland is fighting to have the rights of women in Swaziland respected. An interiew with TUCOSWA representative, Girlie Magagula.
Climate change hits
smaller countries harder
Climate change is having serious effects on small island states. An interview with Toni Moore, the General Secretary of the Barbados Workers' Union.
fight domestic violence
The Australian labour movement is demanding the government implement domestic violence leave.
Digital platforms such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are monopolies with too much power. They should be better regulated says UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings.
Digitalization of work
done on the backs of millions
in global supply chains
A RadioLabour interview with Valter Sanches, the General Secretary of the global union IndustriALL
Decent work is a UN
Sustainable Development Goal
The UN's 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals - the SDGs - include Decent Work.
How a union programme helps workers with mental health issues
The UK's Trades Union Congress has a programme to help workers and employers address mental health issues. A report featuring Beth Farhat, the TUC's Northern Regional Secretary
Climate change and
the labour movement
Creating sustainable economies could help build a stronger labour movement. An interview with Maité Llanos, the project co-ordinator of the Global Labour University
Teacher unions crucial
for building democracy
Quality education is essential to fostering healthy citizenship. Interview with Haldis Holst,
Deputy General Secretary, Education International
Labour warns against
huge trade agreement
The International Transport Workers Federation - the ITF - is campaigning to warn workers about the huge Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
Hundreds of thousand to die because of chrysotile asbestos
A UN conference has again refused to list chrysotile asbestos as a dangerous substance. A RadioLabour report featuring Brian Kohler, the Director of health, safety and sustainability for the global union IndustriALL
All workers have the
right to join a union
The International Declaration of Human Rights declares that all workers have a right to join a union. A RadioLabour special report featuring Eleanor Roosevelt and the ITUC's General-Secretary, Sharan Burrow
UN told to investigate murder of Mexican student teachers
In September 2014 43 young student teachers were murdered in Mexico. Six labour organizations have jointly filed a complaint with the UN’s Human Rights Council. A RadioLabour interview with Louis Malfaro, the President of the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers.
Pray for the Dead
A Workers' Musical
Pray for the Dead- A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls and Mutiny, is a new play for and about workers and unions by Gene Bruskin
Corporation undermines education in developing countries
Bridge Interational Academies is a for-profit corporation which undermines public education in developing countries. A RadioLabour interview with Angelo Gavrielatos, the Projects Director of Education International.
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