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The Daily Newscasts

Posted Monday to Friday at 17:00 GMT

November 21 - 25, 2022

The RadioLabour World Report

Friday World-wide Make Amazon Pay Day / Labour has a new global leader / Hundreds of thousands strike in UK / The LabourStart report about union events / And singing: 'Hold That Line'
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Thursday Bangladesh garment workers need a living wage / Most of the workers are paid less than $1 per day / Steelworkers register a formal complaint
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Wednesday Make Amazon Pay! / Labour actions on Black Friday / Global demos on November 25

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Tuesday International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women / November 25 starts 16 days of labour activism / Focus on ratification of ILO Convention C-190
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Monday Labour elects new global leader / Visentini chosen as ITUC General Secretary / What his objectives for the ITUC are
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RadioLabour World Report

Friday Labour's World Congress calls for wealth justice / The need for a climate just transition in Africa / The LabourStart report about union events / And singing: 'Solidarity Forever'
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Interviews and
featured programmes

Luca Visentini elected
ITUC General Secretary

Luca Visentini Luca Visentini has been elected as the new General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Duration: 9'12"
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Make Amazon Pay!

Nick Rudikoff A coalition of unions and NGOs called Make Amazon Pay has called for a day of action for November 25, 2022.

Duration: 5'20"
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Eliminating violence
against women

Brenda Modise November 25 is the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. An interview with Brenda Modise of South Africa's FEDUSA.

Duration: 6'55"
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Global Action on Care

Huma Haq Our care systems need to be revised away from just profit-making. And care workers need decent pay and working conditions. Comments by the Social Care Organizer of Public Services International Huma Haq.

Duration: 5'09"
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Mentoring young
women unionists
around the world

Veronica Fernández Méndez UNI Global Union has a unique programme to mentor young women unionists as they strive to become labour leaders. An interview with Veronica Fernández Méndez, Head of UNI's Equal Opportunities Department.

Duration: 6'50"
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Private consultants
degrade public services

Jan Willem Goudriaan The use of private consultants by governments results in poorer public services, job losses and greater expense for taxpayers. The European Public Service Union commissioned a report to show the extent of the problem. The report was presented at a media conference in Brussels by EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan.

Duration: 10'27"
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Women Labour Rights
and Digitalization

Kamz Deligente The Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development held a conference on the effects of digitalization on women in Asia. A participant was Kamz Deligente from the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights in the Philipines.

Duration: 5'59"
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Modern slavery rises to 50 million

Sharan Burrow Modern slavery, which includes forced labour and forced marriage, has increased in the past five years to 50 million world-wide. An interview with the General Secretary of the ITUC, Sharan Burrow.

Duration: 4'40"
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The world needs
69 million more teachers

Mugwena Maluleke The world needs to hire 69 million teachers and provide then decent pay and working conditions. A presentation by the General Secretary of the South African Teachers Union, Mugwena Maluleke.

Duration: 4'25"
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African workers paid
slave level wages

Joel Akhato Odigie Even many of those who have jobs in Africa are paid slave-level wages. But the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation has solutions. A presentation by ITUC Deputy General Secretary Joel Akhato Odigie.

Duration: 4'28"
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The struggle for workers' rights
must be fought world-wide

Kemal Ozkan Kemal Özkan, Assistant General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, has been part of the fight for labour rights throughout his life. He is a candidate for the position of General Secretary of the ITUC.

Duration: 10'08"
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Why the fascist right-wing
is rising all around the world

Luca Visentini The radical right-wing is growing globally and its first target is labour unions. Comments by the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, Luca Visentini. Mr. Visentini is a candidate to lead the ITUC as General Secretary.

Duration: 5'31"
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How collective bargaining
is helping workers world-wide

Ariel Castro A survey of 125 countries by the International Labour Organization shows how collective bargaining is being used sucessfully to address the pandemic and other issues such as the gender pay gap. An interview with ILO-ACTRAV Senior Specialist in Workers' Activities, Ariel Castro.

Duration: 7'27"
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Eliminating child labour
in Zimbabwe

Angelina Lunga The Zimbabwe Teachers' Association has a systematic long-term approach to eliminating child labour in the country. Comments by ZIMTA's Training and Development Officer, Angelina Lunga.

Duration: 9'32"
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How to help the world's
160 million child labourers

Dennis Sinyalo At the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour held May 15-20 in Durban South Africa the global union Education International presented a five-point plan to eliminate child labour. Comments by Dennis Sinyalo the Africa Regional Director of Education International

Duration: 5'34"
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Labour and the war in Ukraine

Ukranian flag Labour unions around the world have comdemned Russia's attack on Ukraine and called for an end to the war. A special RadioLabour report.

Duration: 11'19"
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World's largest
womens' trade union

Manali Shah India's Self-Employed Women's Association is the world's largest independent women's labour union with 2.1 million members. In a webinar organized by the British Trades Union Congress and the International Trade Union Confederation SEWA's Union Co-ordinator, Manali Shah, described the union's history, accomplishments and challenges ahead.
Duration: 14'46"
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Africa's 1.3 billion
need vaccines now

Sani Baba Only 11% of Africans are vaccinated. Meanwhile the EU is holding back vaccines. An interview with the Regional Secretary for Africa and Arab Countries for Public Services International, Sani Baba.
Duration: 4'56"
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Climate change and
young women unionists

Trimita Chakma The global union Education International is campaigning to publicise the linkage between women and climate change. Here is an EI webinar focussed on climate change and young women unionists featuring Jo Grady the General Secretary of the University and College Union in the UK.

Duration: 7'00"
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Maori women fighting discrimination

Trimita Chakma Maori women have faced discrimination, especially at the workplace, for decades. In a podcast produced by Public Services International three Maori women describe their experiences. The full 34 minute version is on the web page.

Duration: 6'11"
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HeartUnions Week
in the UK 2022

Frances O'Grady During the annual HeartUnions week in the UK, February 14-20 2022, the Trades Union Congress held an online seminar to explore union struggles and victories around the world. The seminar was chaired by TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady.

Duration: 4'39"
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Protecting the world's
39 million fishers

Michael O’Brien Fishers around the world are represented by the International Transport Workers Federation. The ITF Fisheries Campaign has lobbied the Irish government about the conditions of fishers. Comments by the ITF's Fisheries Campaign Lead in Ireland, Michael O'Brien,

Duration: 4'50"
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Labour supports Palestinian
human rights groups

Stephen Cotton The Council of Global Unions has condemned the Israeli government for designating six human rights groups in Palestine as terrorist organizations. An interview with Stephen Cotton, the General-Secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation and current chair of the Council of Global Unions.

Duration: 6'22"
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Labour unions are
tackling Amazon
around the world

Christy Hoffman Amazon has 1.3 million employees globally. Labour is trying to help improve their wages and working conditions. An interview with the General Secretary of UNI global union, Christy Hoffman.

Duration: 5'48"
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Confronting
climate change
in Africa

Kwasi Adu Amankawh One of the regions which will be most harshly effected by climate change is Africa with its population of 1.2 billion. Comments by the General-Secretary of ITUC-Africa Kwasi Adu Amankwah.

Duration: 6'17"
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Pandemic has cost women
$800 billion in lost income

Cathy Feingold The pandemic has cost women the equvalent of the GDP of 98 countries. Comments by the Director of the International Department of the AFL-CIO in the United States, Cathy Feingold.

Duration: 5'37"
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How to fight the
war on labour rights

Atle Høie There is a war on labour rights all over the world. The global union industriALL has a four-year action plan to confront the situation. An interview with IndustriALL General Secretary Atle Høie.

Duration: 6'29"
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New health and safety accord
for Bangladeshi workers

Christina Hajagos-Clausen A new health and safety accord for Bangladeshi garment and textile workers has been negotiated by the global unions IndustriALL and UNI. An interview with the Director of IndustriALL's garment and textile department, Christina Hajagos-Clausen.

Duration: 5'43"
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Five steps to a caring society

Rosa Pavanelli Public Services International is part of a group fighting for a five-step programme - the 5Rs - to recognise the social and economic value of care work. An interview with PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli.

Duration: 7'56"
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Global agreement on
minimum corporate tax rate

Pierre Habbard An agreement to make multinational corporations pay a minimum tax rate of 15% has been reached by 130 countries. Labour welcomes the agreement, but wants the rate increased. An interview with the General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD, Pierre Habbard.

Duration: 10'04"
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Unvaccinated teachers
are dying every day

David Edwards As teachers around the world struggle with the pandemic, and many of them die, Education International is calling for global vaccine equity. Comments by the President of EI, Susan Hopgood and EI General Secretary David Edwards.

Duration: 5'30"
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Labour lobbies for release
of Julian Assange

Tim Dawson Efforts to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the US intesified after news that the CIA planned to kidnap him. An interview with Tim Dawson who attended Assange extradiction hearings on behalf of the International Federation of Journalists

Duration: 4'46"
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Digitalization and labour unions

Daniel Bertossa How labour unions are, and can, use collective bargaining to confront the digitalization of workplaces and public services. Comments by the Assistant General Secretary of Public Services International, Daniel Bertossa.

Duration: 7'31"
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Labour's plans for
a future of decent work

Sharan Burrow The global labour movement has a plan for decent work, building equality, reducing informal work, confronting climate change and more. Comments by the General-Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow.
Duration: 4'41"

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New health and safety accord
for Bangladeshi textile
and garment workers

Christina Hajagos-Clausen A new health and safety accord for Bangladeshi garment and textile workers has been negotiated by the global unions IndustriALL and UNI. An interview with the Director of IndustriALL's garment and textile department, Christina Hajagos-Clausen.
Duration: 5'43"

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Unions fight for
justice in Colombia

Shawna Bader-Blau Unions in Colombia are fighting for justice for working people / An interview with one of the country's top labour leaders by the Solidarity Centre's Shawna Bader-Blau.
Duration: 4'52"

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Support for Myanmar unions

Ryu Support for unions in Myanmar after the February 2021 coup is growing. Comments by the International Director of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, Mikyung Ryu.
Duration: 4'43"

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Child labour
increases world-wide

Dennis Sinyalo The elimination of child labour has stalled. There are now more than 160 million child labourers in the world. Comments by the African Director of Education International Dennis Sinyolo.
Duration: 4'42"

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Labour tells ILO its priorities

Catelene Passchier The annual conference of the UN’s International Labour Organization opened in a virtual setting on June 7, 2021. Catelene Passchier, the chairperson of the Workers’ Group at the ILO, outlined labour’s priorities.
Duration: 5'14"

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Millions losing jobs
in food supply systems

Sue Longley The pandemic is putting the jobs of millions of workers in the world's food supply systems at risk. Comments by the General Secretary of the IUF global union Sue Longley.
Duration: 5'28"

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Stop the abuses in
Myanmar, Belarus
and the Philippines

Ambet Yuson The General Secretary of the Building and Wood Workers International global union, Ambet Yuson, told the ILO conference the world must protect democracy and labour rights.

Duration: 5'06"

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Secretive corporate courts
in free trade deals

Nick Crook Free trade deals often include Investor State Dispute Systems (ISDS) that establish secretive courts to rule on corporate objections to government polices. The UK and Australia are negotiating a trade deal which may include an ISDS. An interview with the Head of International Relations of Unison, Nick Crook.

Duration: 8'38"

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A curriculum for
the 21st century:
Reading, Writing
and Climate Change

Susan Hopgood Students need the tools and capabilities to discuss climate change. That is why Education International has launched a campaign called 'Teach for the Planet'. Comments by EI President Susan Hopgood.
Duration: 9'41"

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Bringing back
public services
from privatization

Daria Cibraio More governments such as municipalities are taking back previously privatized public services. Comments by the Local and Regional Government Officer of Public Services International, Daria Cibrario.
Duration: 12'40"

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The effect of
the pandemic
on women

Christina McAnea Women have been hit disproportionately harder by the pandemic. Christina McAnea, the General Secretary of Unison in the UK, outlines the solutions.
Duration: 6'46"

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The Rana Plaza
industrial homicide

Valter Sanches In 2013 garment workers at the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh were killed when the building they were working in collapsed. Eight years after IndustriALL global union is still fighting for the health and safety of garment workers in the country. Comments by the General Secretary of IndustriALL, Valter Sanches.
Duration: 6'02"
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The abuse of long-term
and elder care workers

Adrian Durtschi UNI Global Union has conducted a major survey of long-term care, nursing home and elder care workers. It shows that many of the workers don't have the equipment they need while working in precarious jobs. Adrian Durtschi, the head of UNI's Care Division says the solutions include public-funding and unionizing the workers.
Duration: 9'38"
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Uber drivers are
Uber workers
says UK court

Ruwan Subasinghe The Supreme Court in the UK has ruled that Uber drivers are not independent contractors. They are workers employed by the company so deserve to be compensated as such. An interview with the Legal Director of the International Transport Workers Federation, Ruwan Subasinghe.
Duration: 5'48"
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Another country ratifies
ILO Convention C-190

Chidi King Italy has ratified the ILO's Convention 190 which prohibits violence against women and men at work. An interview with the Director of the ITUC's Equality Department, Chidi King.
Duration: 5'03"
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Energy transition away
from fossil fuels

Valter Sanches IndustriALL global union has released a report about the move to green, sustainable, energy sources and the effect that will have on workers. Comments by the General-Secretary of IndustriALL, Valter Sanches.
Duration: 5'57"
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Massive job losses
in Australian coal industries

Peter Colley Thousands of workers in the Australian coal sector may start losing their jobs in five years. The global union IndustriALL has produced a report on the transition from fossil fuels. Comments by the National Research Director for the CFMEU union in Australia, Peter Colley.
Duration: 7'02"
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Workers need more
than just virtual training

Martin Henry Online education can be effective but there is also a need for hands-on training. A presentation about the need for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) by Education International research coordinator, Martin Henry.
Duration: 7'33"
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How Africa and the diaspora
are confronting the pandemic

Kwasi Adu-Amankwah ITUC-Africa and the Global African Worker Institute have produced a series of webinars about how unionists are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments by ITUC-Africa General-Secretary, Kwasi Adu-Amankwah and the president of America's Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Terry Melvin.
Duration: 5'43"
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How social dialogue
has helped countries
during the pandemic

Maria Helena André Trade unions have been working with the other social partners - businesses and governments - to help workers during the pandemic. An interview with the Director of the ILO's Workers' Activities Bureau (ACTRAV) Maria Helena André.
Duration: 16'45"
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Fighting for trade union rights
at Cargill starch plant in Turkey

Burcu Ayan January 11, 2021 was the 1,000 day anniversary of the firing of 14 workers at the Cargill starch plant in Turkey. An interview with IUF policy officer Burcu Ayan.

Duration: 7'08"
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Cargill refused plant shutdown

Michael Hughes Despite being warned that COVID-19 had entered the Cargill meat processing plant in Alberta Canada management ignored the call by the United Food and Commercial Workers' Union for a plant shutdown. Hundreds were infected and two workers died. An interview with UFCW communications officer Michael Hughes..

Duration: 5'28"
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Union organising against
the rise of the far right

Frances O'Grady The British Trades Union Congress has released a report on how unions can respond to the rise of the far right. A presentation by TUC General-Secretary Frances O'Grady.

Duration: 10'36"
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Workers in Palestine
hoping for decent work

Assaf Adiv Palestinian workers are hoping for a better future after Trump. A UNISON webinar presentation by Assaf Adiv of the Workers’ Advice Centre (WAC-MAAN) in Israel.

Duration: 5'05"
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Equity and skills development
for workers and labour unions

Martin Henry As the pandemic changes the world of work drastically questions are being raised about equity of access and other issues. A presentation by Education International research coordinator, Martin Henry.

Duration: 5'05"
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Fighting to re-instate
fired labour leaders in Guinea

Guinea The Marriot Sheraton Grand hotel in Conakry, Guinea, fired a workers for accidently breaking a pot of flowers. When union leaders Amadou Diallo and Alhassane Diallo tried to help they too were fired. Interviews with Alhassane Diallo and Massimo Frattini of the IUF Global Union.

Duration: 5'10"
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The European fight
for water and sanitation
as human rights

Pablo Sanchez Led by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) labour organizations in Europe have won a major victory in their campaign to have water and sanitation recognized as human rights. An interview with EPSU spokesperson Pablo Sanchez.

Duration: 8'03"
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Stopping violence
against transport women

Jodi Evans Women who work in the transport sector are often the victims of workplace violence. An interview with the Women Transport Workers and Gender Equality Officer for the International Transport Workers Federation, Jodi Evans.

Duration: 7'01"
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What COSATU wants
from a Biden administration

Sonia Mabunda-Kaziboni The Congress of South African Trade Unions has called on the Biden administration to increase support for multilateralism, help build African economic development, and support Palestine. An interview with COSATU International Secretary Sonia Mabunda-Kaziboni.

Duration: 4'37"
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Caribbean teachers
confront the pandemic

Nadine Malloy The pandemic has changed how teachers do their jobs. A report about women teachers in the Caribbean from an online conference moderated by Nadine Malloy (pictured), a former president of the Jamaica Teachers' Federation.

Duration: 5'02"
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Labour confronts
both the pandemic
and the climate crisis

Paul Nowak While the world faces challenges from the pandemic the climate crisis still has to be addressed and a just transition to decent jobs assured. Comments by the Deputy General Secretary of the British Trades Union Congress, Paul Nowak.
Duration: 4'47"
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Ban nuclear arms now!

Ayuba Wabba The world has enough nuclear material to produce 40,000 bombs. The labour movement is calling for a ban on nuclear arms. Comments by the President of the International Trade Union Confederation, Ayuba Wabba.
Duration: 4'44"
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Unions are protecting
African teachers and students

Dennis Sinyolo The pandemic has hit African teachers and students hard. Unions are working to protect them. Comments by Education International's Chief Regional Coordinator for Africa, Dennis Sinyolo.

Duration: 4'41"
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Make Amazon Pay

Christy Hoffman Amazon is taking advantage of the pandemic to dramatically increase its profits while worsening the working conditions of its employees. Comments by UNI General-Secretary Christy Hoffman.

Duration: 8'49"
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20,000 to lose jobs
in Australian
higher education

Matthew McGowan In a webinar organized by Education International Matthew McGowan, the General Secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union in Australia – the NTEU - predicts huge job losses amongst employees of higher education due to the pandemic.

Duration: 4'43"
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Labour calls for
a new social contract

Social Contract On World Day for Decent Work, 2020, labour called for a new social contract. Comments by ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow and the General Secretary of ITUC Africa, Kofi Adu-Amankwah.

Duration: 4'40"
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UK labour fights racism
in Britain and the US

British TUC At its national conference held virtually September 14-15, 2020, the British Trades Union Congress supported the fight to end systemic racism plus provide decent work and reparations.

Duration: 6'55"
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COVID-19 should
be declared an
occupational disease

Hidayat Greenfield The global unions are calling on governments to declare COVID-19 an occupational disease. An interview with the IUF's Regional Secretary for the Asia Pacific Region, Hidayat Greenfield.

Duration: 6'55"
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200,000 seafarers
stuck on ships

Steve Trowsdale 200,000 seafarers are trapped on ships because of the COVID-19 lockdown. The International Transport Workers' Federation is trying to help. An interview with the ITF's Inspectorate Coordinator Steve Trowsdale.

Duration: 7'22"
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ILO's ACTRAV helping
East African unions

Maria Helena André East Africa has been hit by not only the pandemic but also a plague of locusts and the effects of climate change. The ILO's Workers' Activities Bureau (ACTRAV) is providing assistance to unions in the region. Comments by ACTRAV Director Maria Helena André

Duration: 7'22"
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Solidarity a lesson
of the pandemic

 David Edwards Teachers say lessons about inequality and access to appropriate technology mean no return to normal after the pandemic. Education International General-Secretary, David Edwards, says solidarity is needed and increasing.

Duration: 4'39"
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Labour opposes WTO
e-commerce agreement

 Georgios Altintzis A proposed WTO e-commerce agreement would restrict the rights of governments to regulate on behalf of their citizens. An interview with Georgios Altintzis a Policy Officer in the ITUC's Economic and Social Policy Department.

Duration: 8'16"
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Canadian union takes on
America's ICE police

Stephanie Smith The British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union has used its Shareholder Engagement Programme to object to the relations Thomson Reuters has with America's Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) police. An interview with BCGEU president Stephanie Smith.

Duration: 10'30"
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Outsourcing worker intelligence with corporate AI and Big Data

Parminder Jeet Singh Worker intelligence is being outsourced at the workplace by huge corporations using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. An analysis by Daniel Bertossa of Public Services International and Parminder Jeet Singh (pictured) of IT for Change.

Duration: 11'12"
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US and Latin American
unions face the pandemic

Fatima da Silva The American Federation of Teachers organized a webinar to share strategies about how unions can confront the coronavirus. Participants included Fatima da Silva, the General Secretary of CNTE Brazil.

Duration: 9'43"
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COVID-19 is an
occupational disease

Burrow The ITUC is calling on governments to declare COVID-19 an occupational disease. A message from ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

Duration: 4'42"
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What happens to workers if there's a depression?

Habbard The economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis could lead to a global depression. An interview with the General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, Pierre Habbard.

Duration: 6'19"
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Women transport workers deserve decent pay and more respect

The world is realizing that transport workers are critical. But the International Transport Workers Federation says don't forget about the women transport workers. A message from the Chair of the ITF Womens' Committee, Diana Holland.

Duration: 5'54"
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To fight the COVID-19 pandemic the world needs a social protection fund

Burrow The economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis could lead to a global depression. An interview with the General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, Pierre Habbard.

Duration: 8'28"
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Ship breaking is
one of the world's
most dangerous industries

Matsusaki When ships reach the end of their life-spans they are re-cycled by ship breakers working in dangerous and poorly paid jobs. An interview with the Director of ICT, Electrical, and Electronics, Shipbuilding and Shipbreaking for IndustriALL global union, Kan Matsusaki.

Duration: 7'06"
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Unions help crew
on Diamond Princess

Fabrizio Barcellona How unions helped crew members on a coronavirus-infected ship. An interiew with the assistant secretary of the ITF's seafarer section, Fabrizio Barcellona.

Duration: 7'32"
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Remunicipalizing contracted-out services

Daria Cibrario Cities are reacting to the costs of contracted-out public services by remunicipalizing the services. An interview with the policy officer for local and regional government issues for Public Services International, Daria Cibrario.

Duration: 14'35"
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Seafarers need help

Jacqueline Smith Ship owners are using flags of convenience to avoid their responsibilities. An interview with the ITF's Jacqueline Smith.

Duration: 5'14"

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270 million migrants
need quality
public services

Genevieve Gencianos Millions of migrants deserve decent work and quality public services. A report from the 2020 Global Forum on Migration and Development with the Migration Programme Coordinator of Public Services International, Genevieve Gencianos.

Duration: 7'13"
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EU's New Green Deal

Philippines The EU's New Green Deal to address the climate crisis is a good step forward but much is left to be done. An interview with IndustriAll Europe Policy Advisor, Benjamin Denis.

Duration: 12'01"
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Hands off unionists
in the Philippines

Philippines Global union leaders told the Philppines government to stop harassing and killing trade unionists. A report featuring the PSI, UNI, IUF, IndustriALL and BWI.

Duration: 4'38"
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A New Solidarity Forever

Solidarity Forever- Hack the Union The original Solidarity Forever was written in 1915. Here's an audio-visual version of a new millinium Solidarity Forever.
Duration: 3'17"

A Nurse's Lullaby

A Nurses' Lullaby When it's just a patient
and a night-shift nurse


Duration: 2'57"

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Lab-grown meat and unions

Elisabeth Abergel 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

Duration: 7'19"
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Right-wing attack on democracy

Makbule Sahan 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.


Duration: 5'16"
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Gym and fitness employees
want healther jobs

Larry Savage A new survey shows that gym and fitness workers want better working conditions. An interview with Larry Savage.

Duration: 8'30"
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Things get even worse for Zimbabwe's workers

Barbara Gwangwara-Tanyanyiwa Conditions for workers in Zimbabwe are growing worse. An interview with the President of the Commercial Workers' Union of Zimbabwe, Barbara Gwangwara-Tanyanyiwa.

Duration: 9'15"
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How Canada saved
the ILO from the Nazis

Adelle Blackett In 1940 Canada saved the ILO from the Nazis. An interview with McGill University professor Adelle Blackett.



Duration: 9'18"
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Artificial intelligence
replacing teachers

Anna Hogan 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.
Duration: 7'38"
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Why a new social
contract is needed

Noonan 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
Duration: 4'38"
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Google employees protest
in support of temp workers

Hoffman 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.
Duration: 6'52"
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Journalism in
the digital age

IFJ The International Federation of Journalists held its 30th Congress in Tunis, June 11-14, 2019. An interview with IFJ Deputy General Secretary, Jeremy Dear.
Duration: 5'58"
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ACT now for decent
garment worker wages

Frank Hoffer 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.
Duration: 4'48"
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Labour leads way
on climate change
in New Zealand

Sam Huggard At a climate change conference in New Zealand labour unions called for a Just Transition for workers to sustainable jobs. An interview with the former Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Sam Huggard.
Duration: 5'48"
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Malawi unions
fighting child labour

Denis Chalera Kalekeni 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.
Duration: 9'16"
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How the global transport
union is renewing itself

Stephen Cotton The International Transport Workers' Federation is renewing itself to better represent its 18 million members. An interview with ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.
Duration: 9'17"
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African countries need
quality, public, education

Angelo Gavrielatos Unions in Africa are fighting for quality, public, edcational systems against for-profit education corporations. An interview with Education International Project Director, Angelo Gavrielatos
Duration: 5'12"
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Stopping illicit financial
flows out of Africa

Caroline Khamati Mugalla 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
Duration: 7'28"

Gender pay equity by 2030

EPIC The Equal Pay Coalition (EPIC) is a group of unions, governments, NGOs and companies which is trying to win gender pay equity by 2030.
Duration: 4'55"

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A solution to
authoritarian populism

David Edwards 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
Duration: 4'45"
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ILO wage report:
Women still 20% behind men

ILO Global Wage Report The ILO has released its 2018-18 Global Wage Report which shows a "Mother Penalty" and a "Father Premium"
Duration: 4'37"


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Garment industry needs
to work with global unions

Jenny Holdcroft 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.
Duration: 11'21"
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Global action for hotel workers

Massimo Frattini 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.
Duration: 6'33"
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Mitsubishi trying to
break union in Thailand

Mitsubishi Thailand After locking out 1,700 employees at its Electric plant in Thailand Mitsubishi humiliated the workers and refused to re-instate 29 workers.
Duration: 14'04"

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Flilipino domestic workers
deserve decent work

Julius Cainglet 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.
Duration: 10'52"
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The world needs
more qualified teachers

David Edwards As the world faces ever increasing complex problems it needs more qualified teachers says the General-Secretary of Education International, David Edwards.
Duration: 5'35"
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COSATU's first woman
president says: Unite!

Zingiswa Losi
COSATU's first woman president, Zingiswa Losi, calls for worker unity towards socialism.

Duration: 5'54"
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Migrant workers in Qatar
can now leave employer

Qatari migrant workers 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.
Duration: 4'37"

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Empowering black workers
in the United Kingdom

Zita Holbourne 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
Duration: 4'43"

Fighting for-profit
schools in Africa

Bridge International The Ugandan government ordered the for-profit education corporation Bridge International Academies to close its schools in the country. Bridge refused.

Duration: 4'56"

Millions of migrants enslaved

Eni Lestari The International Migrants' Alliance is trying to help the world's 230 million migrant workers. A presentation by Alliance chairperson Eni Lestari.
Duration: 9'46"

Fighting sexual harassment
in workplaces and unions

Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment in workplaces and unions must end. The AFL-CIO's anti-harassment programme for US labour.

Duration: 4'39"

World faces shortage
of qualified teachers

Education International 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.
Duration: 13'15"
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World's largest cement company reneges on global agreement

LafargeHolcim 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.
Duration: 3'15"

Billions being stolen
from Africa

Odigie 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.
Duration: 9'07"

How to fight for
human rights in corporations

Hoffman 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.
Duration: 4'43"

Stop violence against women

Violence Against Women The labour movement is participating in a global campaign to eliminate violence against women.
Duration: 4'29"


Santander fights unionization
in the US but not UK

Santander While the financial giant Santander works well with unions in the UK it is viciously fighting the unionization of its workers in the US.
Duration: 4'36"

Driverless trucks and job loss

Mac Urata The advent of autonomous trucks will result in million of job losses. An interview with Mac Urata of the International Transport Workers Federation.
Duration: 5'00"

Young people in Caribbean
need decent work

Dionne Howard 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.
Duration: 6'22"

Respect for workers' rights
and green jobs

Stephen Cotton Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation, told ILO conference delegates workers need green economies and a just transition.
Duration: 4'30"

COTU-Kenya wants a just transition to greener economies

COTU-Kenya 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.
Duration: 3'55"

Is suicide increasing
amongst seafarers?

Climate 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
Duration: 4:10"

International day against
discrimination of LGBT people

LGBT How LGBT people are discriminated against in the workplace
Duration: 4'43"



VW turns viciously anti-union
in US southern state

VW 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.
Duration: 5'21"

Organizing community
union chapters

John Akman Community chapters are key to union growth. A RadioLabour interview with the Director of Organizing at Canada's UNIFOR union, John Aman.
Duration: 5'00"

Community organizing
key to union growth

Sam Huggard 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.
Duration: 6'13"

Health care is
a basic human right

Rosa Pavanelli 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
Duration: 3'50"

Attacks on union and
democratic rights in Turkey

Kemal Özkan 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.
Duration: 5'00"

International support for
fired Yemeni oil workers

Espen Løken 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.
Duration: 4'05"

Landmark ruling against
slavery in the Americas

Sharan Burrow 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.
Duration: 2'51"

Labour unions and
artificial intelligence

Christina Colclough Artificial intelligence is quickly entering our workplaces. An interview with Christina Colclough, the former Director of Platform and Agency Workers, Digitalisation and Trade at UNI Global Union.
Duration: 18'48"
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Chinese companies need to respect worker rights in Africa

Crecentia Mofokeng 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.
Duration: 8'45"
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Mozambique not recognizing
country's public sector union

Mozambique's SNAP 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.

Duration: 7'10"

How the labour movement
was weakened by the right-wing

Trumka 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.

Duration: 4'44"

Care economies could
create millions of jobs

Anna Lee Tuvera 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

Duration: 10'52"

Fighting for women's
rights in Swaziland

Magaula The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland is fighting to have the rights of women in Swaziland respected. An interiew with TUCOSWA representative, Girlie Magagula.
Duration: 4'41"

Climate change hits
smaller countries harder

Toni Moore Climate change is having serious effects on small island states. An interview with Toni Moore, the General Secretary of the Barbados Workers' Union.
Duration: 5'36"

Australian unions
fight domestic violence

Australian leave The Australian labour movement is demanding the government implement domestic violence leave.
Duration: 4'56"


Digital monopolies
threaten democracy

Philp Jennings 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.

Duration: 4'45"

Digitalization of work
done on the backs of millions
in global supply chains

Declaration A RadioLabour interview with Valter Sanches, the General Secretary of the global union IndustriALL

Duration: 5'04"

Decent work is a UN
Sustainable Development Goal

SDGs The UN's 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals - the SDGs - include Decent Work.

Duration: 9'36"


How a union programme helps workers with mental health issues

Beth Farhat 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
Duration: 2'11"

Climate change and
the labour movement

Maité Llanos Creating sustainable economies could help build a stronger labour movement. An interview with Maité Llanos, the project co-ordinator of the Global Labour University
Duration: 5'00"

Teacher unions crucial
for building democracy

Haldis Holst Quality education is essential to fostering healthy citizenship. Interview with Haldis Holst, Deputy General Secretary, Education International
Duration: 5'00"

All workers have the
right to join a union

Declaration 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
Duration: 5'00"

UN told to investigate murder of Mexican student teachers

Refugees 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.
Duration: 6'06"

Pray for the Dead
A Workers' Musical

Refugees 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
Duration: 2'47"

Corporation undermines education in developing countries

Refugees 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.
Duration: 8'53"

Trade in Services Agreement

Jane Kelsey 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.
Duration: 13'22"

Unions at Alternative
World Water Forum

World Water Forum Stopping the corporations from stealing the world's water systems. An interview with PSI Deputy General Secretary David Boys.

Duration: 8'32"

Automation may hit
transportation hardest

Automation The International Transport Workers Federation is not fighting automation. It's fighting poverty-level wages.

Duration: 4'16"

New World Bank rules
for decent work and unions

Leo Baunach 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.
Duration: 8'49"

Zimbabwe unions want
improved labour laws

Vimbai Zinyama Zimbabwe is militarizing and growing even more anti-union. An interview with Vimbai Zinyama, External Relations Officer for the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.

Duration: 7'54"

Iraq refusing to
apply new labour law

Korea Goda 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.

Duration: 6'40"

Workers in Grenada need
long-term, decent, jobs

Andre Lewis 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.

Duration: 6'24"

The world deserves
decent public services

Pavanelli Well-funded, quality public services are in jeopardy. An interview with the General Secretary of Public Services International, Rosa Pavanelli.

Duration: 4'50"

Unions bring unprecedented court action against
EU Commission

Goudriaan 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.

Duration: 5'34"

Education is more
than just testing

David Edwards The global union Education International is fighting privatized and test-based education. An interview with EI General Secretary David Edwards.
Duration: 7'01"

Why historic debt levels
are dangerous for workers

Daniel Bertossa 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.

Duration: 8'15"
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Labour's fight for
green economies

Samantha Smith 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.

Duration: 11'44"
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Solidarity with
the Palestinian people

Palestine Truck drivers in Palestine are being helped by the International Transport Workers Federation and Canada's Unifor union. An interview with ITF Project Co-Ordinator, Majd Samaroo.


Duration: 5'46"
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Education International's
support for ILO Convention 190

Education International Education International, has asked its affiliates to support ILO Convention 190 against Violence and Harassment in the World of Work


Duration: 6'39"
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Labour condemns US
declaration on Israeli settlements

Sharan Burrow Labour has denounced a US announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements in Palestine to be illegal. An interview with ITUC General-Secretary Sharan Burrow.


Duration: 3'44"
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Coca-Cola's global campaign against workers' rights

Ron Oswald Coca-Cola's campaign against workers' rights in Indonesia, Haiti, the US and Ireland. An interview with IUF senior advisor Ron Oswald.


Duration: 8'08"
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Creating care economies
could create millions of jobs

Maria Tsirantonaki Developing economies to better take care of people could create millions of jobs, especially for women. An interview with Maria Tsirantonaki, Equality Policy Officer, International Trade Union Confederation.

Duration: 10'57"
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