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Another failed
climate change conference

Climate change

Representatives of 190 countries attended a climate change conference in Lima Peru, December 1-14. They could only agree on a watered-down, ineffective deal. Labour wants action on climate change and a just transition to a green economy.
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Feature Length Audio Documentaries

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International Justice Day for
Cleaners and Security Guards

Cleaners - Guards

International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards. The day of action is organized by UNI - the global union for skills and services.
Duration: 5'00"     Audio


Global education union holds
World Womens' Conference

EI Women's Conference

Education International organized its second World Women's Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Participants focussed on how education can be used to reduce inequality in society.
Duration: 5'00"     Audio


Unite for Quality Education

Unite for Quality Education Education International - the global union federation for teachers and other education workers - is campaigning for quality education around the world. EI is mobilizing its 30 million teachers in 170 countries and territories to convince governments that education is the key to a better world. This RadioLabour special audio documentary looks at the campaign. 25'00"    Audio Documentary

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Africa needs stronger unions

African unions To develop economically and socially Africa needs stronger unions was the message coming out of a conference of 60 labour leaders held in Nairobi, Kenya. A special RadioLabour report.
Duration: 11'27"     Audio



Struggling for democracy in Swaziland

Swaziland Swaziland, with some of the poorest people in the world, is ruled as a dictatorship by the last absolute monarch in Africa, King Mswati III. Trade unions and other groups are leading the struggle for democracy in the country.
Duration: 12'23"     Audio


Africans need and deserve
free education

OATUU To develop themselves and their countries Africans need free education. This should be part of the UN's Post-2015 Agenda. A RadioLabour interview with Owei Lakemfa, the Secretary-General of the Organization of African Trade Union Unity - OATUU
Duration: 3' 51" Audio


East African unions working
together for decent work

EATUC The East African Trade Union Confederation is a coalition of labour organizations from Kenya, Uganda, Zanzibar, Rwanda and Tanzania. It fights for issues such as the protection of migrant workers. A RadioLabour interview with Francis Atwoli, the president of the Confederation.
Duration: 4' 48" Audio


Unions struggle for decent
working conditions in Malawi

Malawi Robert Mkwezalamba, the General-Secretary of the Communication Workers Union of Malawi, describes the struggle for workers' rights in his country.
Duration: 7'00"     Audio



ITUC says migrant workers in Qatar being shamefully mistreated

Construction workers Dubai 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. Audio

Global union support for organizing Nissan workers in US

Jyrki Raina 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

A million migrant workers
live in slave-like conditions
in Qatar

Qatar The Building and Woodworkers International global union (BWI) sent a delegation to Qatar to investigate the conditions of migrant workers in the country. A RadioLabour report featuring the General-Secretary of BWI, Ambet Yuson.
Duration: 8'58"     Audio


Labour fights for
release of unionist
falsely imprisoned in Colombia

Ballesteros Huber Ballesteros, one of Colombia's most recognized unionists, was arrested in August for leading mass strikes. The international labour movement is organizing a global campaign for his release.
Duration: 5'51"     Audio


ILO launches new campaign
to eliminate child labour

Child Labour In Brazil, October 8-10, more than 500 people, including many unionists, from 150 countries met to discuss child labour in the world. The International Labour Organization used the occasion to announce a new campaign to eliminate the worst forms of child labour. The campaign includes celebrities such as the American actor and singer, Cher.
Duration: 5'00"     Audio


Child labour declines globally
but not fast enough for ILO goals

Child Labour The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released a report showing that child labour globally is declining. But the decline is not fast enough to meet the ILO's goal of eliminating child labour by 2016.
Duration: 3'49"     Audio


International Domestic Workers Network wins AFL-CIO
human rights award in US

IDWN The president of the largest labour federation in the US, Richard Trumka, presented the George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to the International Domestic Workers Network on September 8. A RadioLabour report featuring Myrtle Witbooi the Chair of the IDWN.
Duration: 11'22"     Audio


500,000 public sector workers
in Peru losing right to bargain

Peru workers The government of Peru is introducing legislation to cancel the collective bargaining rights of 500,000 public sector workers.
Duration: 3'48"     Audio





Amazon.com fights union
in Germany

Amazon The online retailer Amazon is trying to bring American anti-union practices to Germany.
Duration: 3'48"     Audio




Even more union leaders
killed in Guatemala

Guatemala killings The global union federation Public Services International has sent a delegation to Guatemala to help stop the murdering of unionists. A RadioLabour interview with a union leader who was wounded.
Duration: 3'48"     Audio


Millions of migrant workers need
UN and ILO help now

Migrant workers Because of the global economic crisis, millions of workers in both developing and developed countries are migrating in search of decent work. A RadioLabour report featuring Ambet Yuson, the Chairperson of the Council of Global Unions and General-Secretary of the Building and Wood Workers' International (the BWI).
Duration: 7'50"     Audio


How multinationals
evade responsibility for
treating workers fairly

PepsiCo workers fired In West Bengal, India, warehouses working exclusively for PepsiCo have fired 162 employees for trying to form a union. PepsiCo refuses responsibility. Duration: 5' 35"     Audio





Money stolen by corruption
could be used to fund
public services

Anti-corruption Every year about $2.6 trillion is stolen by corruption. This money could be used to fund decent public services and help developing countries. Duration: 4' 03" Audio






There are 21 million
trapped in forced labour

Forced labour Forced labour includes debt bondage, trafficking and other forms of modern slavery. A RadioLabour report with Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour
Duration: 2' 59" Audio


Self-policing by garment companies
is ineffective and dangerous

Self-auditing by corporations Self-auditing of supply chains by multinational garment manufacturers and retailers doesn't help workers. Schemes such as Corporate Social Responsibility serve only company interests. A RadioLabour report on corporate auditing programmes with Brian Finnegan, Global Rights Coordinator, AFL-CIO.
Duration: 4' 18" Audio


Environment for union organizing
becoming more difficult

ILO Conference It is getting more difficult to organize working people into unions. But the International Labour Oranization can help unions do their work more effectively. A RadioLabour report with Luc Cortebeeck, Chairperson of the Workers' Group of the ILO
Duration: 2' 40" Audio


Global food workers' union
campaigns to reinstate
fired Egyptian union organizers

Bangladesh When workers at the Mondelez-Cadbury plant in Alexandria, Egypt, tried to organize a union the company fired five union organizers. The International Union of Food Workers (IUF) is campaigning to re-instate the workers. A RadioLabour report with IUF General-Secretary Ron Oswald.
Duration: 5' 58" Audio


New Bangladesh labour law
woefully inadequate

Bangladesh As the result of a factory collapse that killed 1,100 garment workers Bangladesh has drafted a new labour law. A RadioLabour interview with Jeffrey Vogt, a legal advisor in the Human and Trade Union Rights Department of the International Trade Union Confederation - the ITUC.
Duration: 4' 06" Audio


International labour demands
re-vote on Qatar's holding of the
2022 World Cup of Football

Qatar The International Trade Union Confederation - the ITUC - wants a re-vote on Qatar's holding of the World Cup of Football in 2022. It says Qatar is mistreating the workers who are constructing the buildings for the event. A RadioLabour report with ITUC General-Secretary Sharan Burrow..
Duration: 4' 06" Audio


America's AFL-CIO wants
the OECD to invest in jobs

Dubai strike The OECD is holding a Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris, May 29 to 30, 2013. A RadioLabour report with the President of the AFL-CIO in the United States, Richard Trumka
Duration: 5' 19" Audio





Columbia should stop killings of unionists before membership
in OECD

Charlie Lennon, EI 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


Walmart and Gap refuse to sign Bangladesh safety accord

Charlie Lennon, EI 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


Labour's global campaign for quality education

Charlie Lennon, EI 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 attack on collective bargaining
by the International Monetary Fund

Sharan Burrow, ITUC 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


Fighting for the world's 1.5 million seafarers

Seafarers 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


New ILO report says domestic workers work excessively long hours per week

Domeestic workers 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 of workers into slavery and bonded labour

Trafficked workers 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


Teacher unions promoting the rights of workers globally

Teachers 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

Government austerity programmes extending the recession

Jennings 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

Unions working internationally to unionize T-Mobile workers in US

T-Mobile 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

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US labour movement to organize thousands more workers

US Organizing The American labour movement - led by the AFL-CIO - is supporting new organizing initiatives designed to bring thousands more workers into the labour movement. The AFL-CIO is working with labour organizations such as Working America and the Ironworkers International union.
Duration: 8'58"     Audio


Global labour body supports unionizing drive at T-Mobile in US

Pavanelli T-Mobile workers receive support from the General-Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow Duration: 2' 03" Audio



World Social Justice Day

Social Justice February 20 was World Social Justice Day - a day set aside to assess the state of social justice in the world and point to ways to improve the living conditions of the world's people. A special RadioLabour report.
Duration: 4'41"     Audio


US auto workers' union
loses major vote at
Volkswagen factory

UAW-US The United Auto Workers (UAW) in the US lost a major unionization drive at a Volkswagen plant in the state of Tennessee. A special RadioLabour report on why the workers voted against themselves.
Duration: 5'00"     Audio


Labour calls for Robin Hood tax

Robin Hood tax Public Services International, the global union federation which represents public employees at the world level, is calling for the implementation of a financial transaction tax, more commonly known as the Robin Hood tax. A RadioLabour interview with Rosa Pavanelli, the PSI's General Secretary.
Duration: 2'47"     Audio


Labour's use of radio

World Radio Day Labour is using radio to reach its members and the general public around the world. A RadioLabour report prepared for World Radio Day.
Duration: 3'32"     Audio


Ukrainian unions want the
revolution to serve workers

Ukraine Ukrainian unions want the new government to provide better rights, working conditions and jobs for workers.
Duration: 1'32"     Audio




Labour rallies to support
Cambodian garment workers

Cambodian garment workers A ten-day strike by 350,000 garment workers in Cambodia was brutally suppressed on January 3, 2014. Five workers were killed and many injured. Twenty-one workers remain in jail.
Duration: 5'47"     Audio



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International Human Rights Day

Human Rights December 10 was International Human Rights Day. The UN's Declaration of Human Rights includes the right of working people to form unions and bargain collectively to better their wages, working conditions and benefits.
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Congress Summary Report

UNI Global Union 2014 Congress

UNI global congress The global union for skills and services - UNI - met in Congress in Capetown, South Africa, December 7-10. Two thousand delegates planed how to fight income inequality, accomplish equal pay for work of equal value, win justice for garment workers and more. They elected the president and general-secretary who will UNI for the next four years.
Duration: 7'31"    --> Audio

Qatar arrests 100 strikers

Qatar fires 100 Qatar has arrested 100 construction workers who were protesting their low, often unpaid wages.
Duration: 2'57"    --> Audio



World AIDS Day
December 1, 2014

AIDS day Unions are calling on governments to eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2013.
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Ebola health care workers
who have died deserve
to be remembered

PSI ebola Public Services International is asking the world to remember the more than 300 health care workers who have died caring for those afflicted by ebola. The PSI says that the epidemic and deaths can be traced to a corporate strategy to minimize public services.
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Health care workers in UK strike

UK Health workers strike Hundreds of thousands of health care workers in England and N. Ireland went on a four-hour strike on Monday November 24. They are protesting the governments refusal to pay wage increase recommended by an independent wage tribunal.
Duration: 1'40"    --> Audio


Is COSATU breaking up?

L20 Is South Africa's largest labour federation - COSATU - breaking up because of its alliance with the ruling African National Congress - the ANC? A Special RadioLabour Report
Duration: 1'40"    --> Audio


Labour disappointed with
lack of action from G20 leaders

L20 Leaders of the G20 group of nations met in Brisbane Australia November 15-16. The L20 group of labour representatives held parallel meetings. They wanted the G20 leaders to act on job creation, climate change, tax avoidance, financial regulation and other issues. But they were strongly disappointed.
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Labour tells pension plans
to tackle tax avoidance

Tax avoidance Forty-five labour organizations have banded together to tell pension funds to act as models against tax avoidance schemes. In the UK in 2013 Starbucks paid not a penny in taxes. The initiative is aimed at pension funds with representatives from unions on the boards.
Duration: 3'04"    --> Audio


100,000 march in Brussels
against austerity measures

Migration Almost 100,000 people demonstrated against the Belgium government's austerity plans on Thursday November 6, 2014.
Duration: 5'00"    --> Audio


Migrant agricultural workers
in South Korea need help

Migration The IUF is calling on the government of South Korea to do more to help the 20,000 agricultural workers in its country. The IUF is a global union federation which represents workers in the food, agricultural, hotel, restaurant, catering and tobacco sectors.
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Fighting child labour
with education

Child labour The Building and Woodworkers International global union federation - BWI - is fighting child labour in Nepal and India by operating schools for children.
Duration: 1'40"    --> Audio


Massive demonstration for
decent wages in Britain

UK demo Almost 90,000 people marched through the streets of London on October 18, 2014 to demand decent wages for the country's workers.
Duration: 5'00"    --> Audio



Organizing auto workers
in America's south

Nissan unionizing drive In the United States the United Auto Workers union is trying to organize Nissan employees at a plant in Canton Mississippi. The union is being supported by IndustriALL - the global union federation which represents auto workers at the world level.
Duration: 10'20"    --> Audio



DHL workers in India fight back
against anti-union attacks

DHL India More than 1,000 employees of DHL - the German courier multinational - have been trying to unionize. But DHL has been fighting back with vicious anti-union tactics. The workers are being supported by the International Transport Workers Federation - the ITF.
Duration: 8'55"    --> Audio



Education unions fight for
quality education globally

Quality Education Education International is the global union federation which represents teachers and other education workers at the world level. It is campaigning to have quality education included in the UN plan of action for the next 15 years. A special RadioLabour report.
Duration: 14'20"    --> Audio



Hong Kong unions
fight for democracy

Hong Kong demos Hong Kong workers and students have joined to fight for their democratic rights. The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions called for a general strike.
Duration: 5'00"    --> Audio



Unions fight for just transition
to greener economies

Climate change demos Hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in climate change demonstrations on Sunday September 22, 2014. Amongst them were many unionists. They are demanding that governments build just transitions to greener economies for workers.
Duration: 5'00"    --> Audio



The Public Services
Global Trade Summit

Global Trade Summit Union leaders met in Washington September 16-17, 2014 to plan how to defend the world's public services from corporate-defined trade deals.
Duration: 3'22"    --> Audio



Global Day of Action for
Cambodian garment workers

Cambodia Day of Action Wednesday September 17, 2014. A Global Day of Action for Cambodian Garment Workers. Fighting for a decent minimum wage.
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What's behind the EU-US trade deal?

EU-US Trade Agreement What's behind the proposed trade deal between the European Union and the US? Special courts to protect corporate profits and restrict national government actions.
Duration: 3'22"    --> Audio



Global Trade Agreements
to serve the corporations

Trade Agreements Global trade agreements, which will seriously effect workers and the ability of governments to govern, are being negotiated in secret. Corporations will be the big winners.
Duration: 11'50"    - Audio



Chips for Apple's iPhone 6 produced by company
which fired union leaders

Adam Lee Apple's new iPhone 6 and other products includes semi-conductors produced by Dutch multi-national NXP in the Philippines. At the start of negotiations in May, 2014, NXP fired 24 union leaders. Audio



Labour Day in US and Canada

Labour Day September 1, 2014: Labour Day in the US and Canada. A RadioLabour report with Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. Audio



Transport workers at global conference organize to fight back

ITF Congress In Sophia Bulgaria, August 10-16, almost 2,000 unionists met at the 43rd global Congress of the International Transport Workers Federation. Audio



Trade with Africa must
respect human and trade union rights

US-Africa Summit Representatives from almost 50 African countries, including 30 unionists, attended the US-Africa Summit in Washington August 4-6 2014. The unionists called for trade agreements to include protection for democracy and labour rights.. Audio



Global unions sending aid to Gaza

Aid to Gaza The International Transport Workers' Federation - the ITF - is sending food and medical supplies to Gaza.
Duration: 2'20"     Audio



Cooperatives can help
fight child labour

Child Labour The International Labour Organization is working on eliminating child labour in the world. Encouraging the development of cooperatives is one of the tactics being used in the struggle.
Duration: 3'25"     Audio


More unions needed
to reduce global poverty

Reduce global poverty More and stronger unions are needed to relieve poverty, especially in the global south. A RadioLabour interview with the General Secretary of ITUC-Africa, Kwasi Adu-Amankwah.
Duration: 4'08"     Audio


Aelia workers fight
for their rights
at Poland airport

Aelia-Poland Workers at the Aelia duty free shops at the Chopin airport in Warsaw, Poland, are fighting for a decent contract and the re-instatement of their spokesperson.
Duration: 3'15"     Audio


Unions fight for zero AIDS
in the workplace

Unions and AIDS The International AIDS conference took place in Melbourne Australia, July 20 to 25, 2014. Unions are at the forefront of the fight against AIDS in the workplace.
Duration: 3'25"     Audio


Hey Amazon!
Workers aren't robots!

Hey Amazon! Workers aren't robots! At its 2014 global Congress the International Trade Union Confederation - the ITUC - declared Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.com, the worst boss in the world because of the way his company treats its workers. A Special RadioLabour report on how the workers are fighting back with the help of global unions.
Duration: 7'12"     Audio


LIDL-Poland refuses to bargain
and fires unionists

Lidl-Poland fires two unionists One of the largest supermarket chains in Europe, Lidl, is also one of the most viciously anti-union. In Poland it is refusing to negotiate seriously with a local union of Solidarnosc. It has fired two of the local union's leaders.
Duration: 14'15"     Audio



Auto Workers Union forms local
at US Volkswagen factory

Union at US Volkswagen plant The United Auto Worker (UAW) union in the US has formed a local at the Volkswagen plant in the anti-union state of Tennessee. Volkswagen is encouraging the unionization of the 3,200 workers.
Duration: 2'12"     Audio



Bangladesh fails to implement
sufficient labour reforms

Bangladesh labour reforms A report by labour organizations on promises by Bangladesh to improve conditions for garment workers shows that the country has not been doing enough.
Duration: 2'12"     Audio



World Public Services Day

World Public Services Day Monday June 23: World Public Services Day. All around the world governments are attacking public services and the workers who help supply them. As well, a number of international trade agreements are jeopardizing the right of governments to provide public services instead of corporations.
Duration: 5'00"     Audio



European unions to protect
migrant workers from
far-right parties

Far right parties In elections to the European Parliament, May 2014, a number of very right-wing parties won a substantial number of seats. The rise of these far right parties is causing concern amongst unionists in the region.
Duration: 5'00"     Audio



International Day
Against Child Labour

Child Labour Special Report: World Day Against Child Labour. There are about 168 million child labourers in the world. 85 million of them are in hazardous work. They need protection.
Duration: 5'00"     Audio



ITUC Global Rights Index
shows workers' rights
often violated

Global Rights Index A new Global Rights Index produced by the International Trade Confederation shows that corporations, using their power over governments, are attempting a co-ordinated global attack on workers’ rights, including the right to strike.
Duration: 5'52"     Audio



Employers at ILO
deny international right to strike

Right to Strike The employers group at the ILO is arguing that there is no international right to strike. The ITUC - has responded with the legal arguments proving that the right has existed for years.
Duration: 6'10"     Audio



Corporate birds of prey
circling public education

Privatizing Education Giant multinationals such as Pearson and Berlitz are trying to privatize or commercialize educational systems. This poses a serious threat to quality education world-wide. A RadioLabour feature presentation.
Duration: 6'10"     Audio



Sharon Burrow re-elected
ITUC General-Secretary

ITUC Congress The third global Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) was held in Berlin, May 19 to 23. The delegates adopted an action plan for the next four years. Sharon Burrow was re-elected General-Secretary.
Duration: 5'00"     Audio



Jyrki Raina
Supporting Bangladesh garment workers

Jyrki Raina Jryki Raina the General Secretary of IndustriALL spoke to delegates attending the ITUC convention about organizing support for garment workers in Bangladesh.
Duration: 5'23"     Audio



Philip Jennings:
Labour working together to win

Philip Jennings Philip Jennings the General Secretary of UNI - the global union for skills, services and commerce - spoke to delegates attending the ITUC convention about how to organize workers and support their unions.
Duration: 5'23"     Audio



Stephen Cotton:
Organize across the global supply chain!

Stephen Cotton Stephen Cotton, the Acting General Secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation (the ITF) spoke to delegates attending the ITUC convention about organizing workers throughout the global supply chain.
Duration: 5'23"     Audio



ITUC releases global poll

Massimo Frattini At its Congress in Berlin the ITUC released a global poll showing that working people fear for their jobs. They want employment, equality, action on climate change, respect for workers rights and more. A presentation by ITUC General-Secretary Sharon Burrow.
Duration: 5'23"     Audio



We`ll organize 20 million!

ITUC Congress On the official opening day of the ITUC Congress in Berlin the ITUC's General-Secretary Sharon Burrow reported to the delegates on the activities of the Confederation in the past four years and presented an action agenda for the next four years.
Duration: 36'23"     Audio



Global union calls
Turkey mine disaster
"industrial homicide

Turkey mine disaster The global union IndustriALL has condemned the deaths of more than 200 miners in Turkey on May 13, 2014 a deliberate act of industrial killing.
Duration: 5'23"     Audio



World-wide rallies in support of
US fast food workers

Massimo Frattini On May 15, 2014 while fast food workers in the US were demonstrating and striking for a higher minimum wage, rallies to support them were held in 33 countries around the world. The global rallies were organized by the International Union of Foodworkers - the IUF.
Duration: 5'23"     Audio



Napoleón Gómez Urrutia awarded
Arthur Svensson Prize
for trade union rights

Napoleón Gómez Urrutia Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, the president of the Mexican mineworkers union, Los Mineros, has won the 2014 Arthur Svensson International Prize for trade union rights.
Duration: 5'23"     Audio



"Leftist" Ecuador attacks unions

Ecuador The supposedly leftist government of Ecuador has been attacking public service unions and jailing labour leaders.
Duration: 3'50"     Audio



Unions are key to fighting economic inequality

Jennings At a forum of the OECD May 5 and 6, 2014, delegates were told by the General-Secretary of UNI global union, Philip Jennings, that respect for union rights is a primary solution to economic inequality.
Duration: 4'21"     Audio


May Day 2014
Workers fight back

May Day How unions around the world are fighting for labour rights and social justice. A RadioLabour interview with the General-Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow.
Duration: 3'18"     Audio


World Press Freedom Day

Health & Safety May 3, 2014 is International Press Freedom Day - a day established by the United Nations to recognize the importance of media freedom in the world and the need to protect journalists and other media workers. A RadioLabour interview with the president of the International Federation of Journalists, Jim Boumelha.
Duration: 3'18"     Audio


Women especially hard hit by lack of health and safety regulations

Health & Safety Lack of respect for health and safety is why unions organized more events on the International Day to Commemorate Dead and Injured workers than ever before.
Duration: 11'30"     Audio


How global labour unions fought
to help the victims of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza disaster

Rana Plaza On April 24, 2013, a garment factory building in the Rana Plaza near Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed. 1,129 were killed. More than 2,500 were injured.
Duration: 11'30"     Audio


New trade agreement threatens public services world-wide

TISA A trade agreement which will effect much of the world's trade is being negotiated in secret in Geneva. The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) will severely restrict government provision of services.
Duration: 1'55"     Audio


Displaced workers in India
exploited by Ferrero
chocolate company

Ferrero workers The International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) is campaigning globally in support of 1,400 workers employed by the multinational company Ferrero in India.
Duration: 1'32"     Audio


Increased number of
unions in Burma

Burma unions There are now more than 1,000 unions in Burma but much more needs to be done, especially for women in the northern regional areas.
Duration: 4'08"     Audio


Fighting for union rights
in Sierre Leone

Sierra Leone unions The labour movement in Sierra Leone has built itself into a powerful force for workers after a devastating civil war.
Duration: 3'20"     Audio



Mexican seasonal workers blocked
from returning to Canada

Mexican migrant workers The Mexican government has been found guilty of blocking Mexican seasonal workers from returning to Canada because they had formed a union while in Canada.
Duration: 6'09"     Audio


Fighting for democracy in Swaziland

Swaziland Swaziland is ruled by a dictator-king who has banned the central labour federation. One of the organizations fighting for the country's workers and democracy is the International Research Academy for Labour and Education.
Duration: 6'09"     Audio


Europe needs public investment

Water privatization With average unemployment in Europe over 12% the region needs public investment. A RadioLabour report with the General-Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, David Begg
Duration: 6'10"     Audio


Stop the privatization of
public water supply

Water privatization March 22 was World Water Day. Mulitnationals are trying to privatize public water supply systems just as the world heads into a time of water scarcity.
Duration: 4'15"     Audio


Helping African migrant
workers in the UK

Migrant Workers UNISON - one of the largest unions in the UK - has many African migrant workers amongst its membership. It organized a seminar to help some of these workers overcome isolation and learn about their rights.
Duration: 4'15"     Audio


Women transporting the world

Women transport workers The International Transport Workers Federation is campaigning for the rights of women transport workers globally.
Duration: 4'15"     Audio


South Korea - Canada trade deal
to cost thousands of jobs

South Korea - Canada trade deal South Korea and Canada have negotiated a trade deal which the Canadian union representing auto workers says will cost 30,000 jobs.
Duration: 8'20"     Audio


UN's 58th Status of Women Conference

UN Women's Conference Unionists attending the 58th session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women March 10 to 21, 2014.
Duration: 8'20"     Audio


ITUC fighting for women's rights

ITUC Women The International Trade Union Confederation is fighting for women workers all around the world.
Duration: 8'20"     Audio


Qatar Airways flight attendants
being cruelly mistreated

Qatar flight attendants The International Transport Workers Federation is campaigning to help the flight attendants at Qatar Airways.
Duration: 4'34"     Audio



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The Daily Newscasts
December 15 - 19, 2014


Wednesday


No wage increases for workers in developed countries / Teacher unions fight child labour in Zimbabwe / Serbia adopt ILO law to respect labour rights / Journalists condemn arrests of media workers in Turkey

5 mins


Tuesday1 million march in Indonesia for higher wages / Garment brands running out of low wage countries / Youth in developing countries need post-secondary education / Sugar worker organizer killed in Phillipines / US labour board makes unionizing slightly easier

5 mins


MondaySpecial Report: Labour and the failed Lima climate change talks

5 mins


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_______________________________________ Friday

The Previous
RadioLabour World Report


Friday December 12, 2014


* UNI world congress vows to fight income inequality

* The world needs a pay raise and pay equity

* Bangladesh garment workers need minimum wage increase

* Fair treatment for car wash workers in New York

* African unions campaign for income distribution

* The LabourStart Report


10 mins



     
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The LabourStart Report
by Derek Blackadder

Blackadder Every Friday Derek Blackadder reports on the latest activities of LabourStart - the labour movement's news and campaigning service.

Edition: December 12, 2014
Duration: 3'15"    
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