Labour Herald – Issue No. 17

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Australia / New South Wales Nurses and midwives to escalate ratios campaign [NSW Nurses and Midwives] 2013-05-20 30 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh Bring back managed trade to help workers’ safety [Miami Herald] 2013-05-20 6 more labour news stories from Bangladeshtoday

Canada Canadian on EI shut out amid foreign worker influx [CBC] 2013-05-20

Croatia Croatia Airlines reveals cost of strike[Global Post] 2013-05-20

Egypt Sinai security forces begin strike over kidnapped soldiers [Ahram] 2013-05-20 3 more labour news stories from Egypt today

Europe / Sweden H&M Led Labor Breakthrough by Retailers [NYTimes] 2013-05-20 1 more labour news stories from Europetoday

Finland Vantaa bus drivers’ strike continues[YLE] 2013-05-20

France CGT fires bitter parting shots as Aulnay strike ends [Just Auto] 2013-05-20

Ghana TUC asks expatriates working in Ghana to respect labour law [Labour News] 2013-05-19

Global Why jobs and livelihoods matter [ILO] 2013-05-20 2 more labour news stories fromGlobal today

Haiti Poor majority pushed to the margins[The New Internationalist] 2013-05-20

India / Karnataka Labour leader’s hunger strike enters ninth day [Times of India] 2013-05-20 14 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Merangin teachers go on strike to protest unpaid allowances [JP] 2013-05-20 5 more labour news stories from Indonesiatoday

Iran Vahed Workers Syndicate asks ITF to file complaint to ILO [Iran Labor Report] 2013-05-192 more labour news stories from Iran today

Iraq Judge Grants Another Delay in Oil Ministry Case Against Union Leader [USLAW] 2013-05-20

Ireland TDs angry at ‘attempts to buy peace with unions’ [Sunday Independent] 2013-05-19 1 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Israel Transport Minister threatens to replace port strikers with soliders – or foreign workers[Times of Israel] 2013-05-20 5 more labour news stories from Israel today

Italy 100,000 march in Rome to demand jobs programme [Morning Star] 2013-05-20 2 more labour news stories from Italy today

Jamaica Roger keeping abreast … But more social protection needed [The Gleaner] 2013-05-19

Jordan Police storm ‘Justice Palace’ on employees’ 4th week on strike [Ammon News] 2013-05-20 2 more labour news stories fromJordan today

Korea (North) Pyongyang demands Seoul clarify its stance on Kaesong complex’s future[Yonhap] 2013-05-20

Korea (South) Hyundai union asks for W60M worker bonuses [JoongAng Ilbo] 2013-05-19 1 more labour news stories from Korea (South)today

Lebanon PM vows to send wage hike to Parliament [Lebanon Daily Star] 2013-05-19

Malaysia Student activist arrested under Sedition act [Malaysian Insider] 2013-05-19

New Zealand Historic hall recognized[Greymouth Evening Star] 2013-05-20 5 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Nigeria Aviation workers deny deal has been reached to halt strike [Afrique Jet] 2013-05-20 1 more labour news stories from Nigeria today

Pakistan Labourers win two-decade long battle[Labour News] 2013-05-19

Palestine Court freezes teacher union exam schedule [Ma'an News Agency] 2013-05-20

Philippines / Taiwan Philippine Workers in Taiwan Feel Backlash [VOA] 2013-05-20

Saudi Arabia / Philippines Kingdom, Philippines sign labor agreement [Saudi Gazette] 2013-05-20 1 more labour news stories from Saudi Arabia today

Singapore Video of boss abusing employee goes viral [ST] 2013-05-20

South Africa / North West Marikana cops felt threatened [News24] 2013-05-20 11 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Sri Lanka Government accused of trying to prevent workers from participating in strike[The Colombo Page] 2013-05-20 1 more labour news stories from Sri Lanka today

Sudan Staff strike after attack at Nertiti hospital [All Africa] 2013-05-20

Swaziland Govt ‘loses’ TUCOSWA case at ILO[Times of Swaziland] 2013-05-19 1 more labour news stories from Swaziland today

UK / England Northern Rail staff vote for strike action over casualisation of workforce [RMT] 2013-05-20 6 more labour news stories fromUK today

United Arab Emirates Arabtec workers in UAE strike over wage dispute [The National] 2013-05-20 3 more labour news stories from United Arab Emirates today

USA Act Now! Tell Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fix, not close, Chicago’s public schools! [AFT] 2013-05-20 10 more labour news stories from USA today

Vatican City Pope blasts cult of money in the world today [Sydney Morning Herald] 2013-05-190 more labour news stories from Vatican Citytoday

Labour Herald – Issue No. 16

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Australia / Victoria Hospital violence rife, Vic nurses say, as campaign launched [Fairfax Media] 2013-05-19 4 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh / USA Retailers Key to Bangladesh Worker Safety, Investors Tell Wal-Mart, Gap ActNOW!  [AFL-CIO] 2013-05-18 2 more labour news stories from Bangladesh today

Bolivia Strike continues with clashes[Euronews] 2013-05-18 2 more labour news stories from Bolivia today

Botswana Strike looms at BCL Mine [Mmegi] 2013-05-18

Cambodia Seek justice for Cambodian garment workers shot at Puma supplier factory [CLEC] 2013-05-18 2 more labour news stories from Cambodia today

Canada Amnesty International Canada: unions play a critical role [UA] 2013-05-18 24 more labour news stories from Canada today

Croatia Engine drivers and management reach deal, strike called off [Dalje] 2013-05-18

Egypt North Cairo may face power outages as workers strike [Ahram Online] 2013-05-19

France PSA Peugeot Citroën Management and CGT Union Sign Agreement to End Strike at Aulnay Plant [The Wall Street Journal] 2013-05-18

Guatemala / UK Justice for trade unionists murdered in Guatemala [TUC] 2013-05-18

India Demands of unions under study, says PM [The Hindu] 2013-05-18 3 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Union says Freeport Indonesia mine should stay shut to probe tunnel collapse[Reuters] 2013-05-18

Iran Vahed Workers Syndicate asks ITF to file complaint to ILO [Iran Labor Report] 2013-05-193 more labour news stories from Iran today

Ireland Teachers back strike call if government cuts pay [Euronews] 2013-05-18 1 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Italy About 100,000 join trade union rally protesting austerity cuts [BBC] 2013-05-19 1 more labour news stories from Italy today

Korea (South) [5.15] Jaeneung BELL TOWER STRUGGLE… since 100 days!! [CINA] 2013-05-18

Lebanon PM vows to send wage hike to Parliament [Lebanon Daily Star] 2013-05-19

Malaysia Student activist arrested under Sedition act [Malaysian Insider] 2013-05-19

New Zealand / Bangladesh NZ retailers criticized for not backing Bangladesh safety pact [NZ Herald] 2013-05-19 3 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Nigeria Aviation workers cancel planned strike[The Times] 2013-05-18

North America / Bangladesh Bangladesh Factory Safety Accord: At Least 14 Major North American Retailers Decline To Sign [Huffington Post] 2013-05-18

Saudi Arabia / Egypt Illegal workers storm Egypt’s consulate in Jeddah [Daily News Egypt] 2013-05-19

South Africa Mine union threatens to bring South Africa to ‘standstill’ [Reuters] 2013-05-183 more labour news stories from South Africatoday

Swaziland Govt ‘loses’ TUCOSWA case at ILO[Times of Swaziland] 2013-05-19 1 more labour news stories from Swaziland today

Trinidad and Tobago Highway workers threatened by employer [Trinidad Express] 2013-05-18 1 more labour news stories fromTrinidad and Tobago today

Tunisia UGTT hosted conference reached consensus over number of contentious political issues [Tunisia Live] 2013-05-18 2 more labour news stories from Tunisia today

Turkey Strike at Turkish Airlines [ITF] 2013-05-18

UK Michael Gove acts like ‘a fanatical personal trainer’, says union leader [Guardian] 2013-05-18 1 more labour news stories from UK today

USA / California White collar workers turn to unions [LA Times] 2013-05-19 12 more labour news stories from USA today

Vatican City Pope blasts cult of money in the world today [Sydney Morning Herald] 2013-05-190 more labour news stories from Vatican Citytoday

Youth jobs’ gains wiped out by slow recovery

GENEVA (ILO News) – Despite some regional differences, the global youth unemployment rate continues to rise and is projected to reach 12.8 per cent by 2018 – wiping out the gains made at the start of the economic recovery.

Behind this worsening figure is an even more worrying picture, revealing persistent unemployment, a proliferation of temporary jobs and growing youth discouragement in advanced economies; and poor quality, informal, subsistence jobs in developing countries.

According to the ILO’s Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013 report, an estimated 73.4 million young people – 12.6 per cent – are expected to be out of work in 2013, close to the levels reached at the peak of the economic crisis in 2009. This is an increase of 3.5 million between 2007 and 2013.

Global unemployment trends 2007-2013

Earlier projections had put the 2012 figure at 12.7 per cent but this has been adjusted to 12.4 based on new data. The trend, however, remains upward.

“These figures underline the need to focus policies on growth, massive improvements in education and training systems, and targeted youth employment actions,” says José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ILO’s Assistant Director-General for Policy.

“Employers, education providers and youth often live in parallel universes, they do not sufficiently engage with each other. We know a lot about what works but real impact and scale can only be achieved through close partnerships and collective action,” he added. 

The highest regional youth unemployment rate in 2012 is registered in the Middle East, where 28.3 per cent were out of work – more than one in four economically active young people. On current projections, this is expected to rise to 30 per cent in 2018.

North Africa is also experiencing a very high youth unemployment rate – 23.7 per cent in 2012.

Gender inequality across regions

Young women in both these regions are the worst hit – 42.6 per cent of the female labour force in the Middle East is out of work, 37 per cent in North Africa.

Globally, the lowest rates in 2012 were in East Asia (9.5 per cent), and South Asia (9.3 per cent).

Projections

In advanced economies, the youth unemployment rate in 2012 was 18.1 per cent. It is likely to remain above 17 per cent until 2015 and is not predicted to drop below 17 per cent before 2016. In Greece and Spain, more than half of the economically active youth population is unemployed.

Youth unemployment rates projected by region 2007-2017

Many young people have given up on the job search altogether. If they were factored into the unemployment figures, the report says, the number of young people either unemployed or discouraged from seeking work in advanced economies would increase to 13 million, compared to the 10.7 million who were actually unemployed in 2012.

Shrinking options

Those who do find work are forced to be less selective about the type of job they settle for, including part-time work and temporary contracts because they are in desperate need of any income.

“Secure jobs that were once the norm for previous generations – at least in advanced economies – have become less easily accessible for today’s youth. The growth of temporary and part-time work, in particular since the height of the global economic crisis, suggests that such work is often the only option for young workers,” Salazar-Xirinachs explains.

The share of young people being out of work for at least six months is also increasing. In the OECD countries, more than one third of young, unemployed persons were classified “long-term unemployed” in 2011 – up from one quarter of the unemployed in 2008.

This is particularly worrying, says Salazar-Xirinachs: “The long-term consequences of persistently high youth unemployment include the loss of valuable work experience and the erosion of occupational skills. Moreover, unemployment experiences early in the career of a young person are likely to result in wage scars that continue to depress employment and earnings’ prospects even decades later.”

The number of NEET’s in advanced economies – those neither in employment, nor education or training is growing and stands at one in six – putting them at risk of labour market and social exclusion.

Skills mismatch

Over and undereducation by age and sex

Skills and occupational mismatches, which are also increasing, are in danger of becoming entrenched, without policies to re-skill jobseekers – in close collaboration with the private sector. Youth who are vulnerable to occupational mismatch include, in particular, young women and youth who have already experienced unemployment.

“These consequences are likely to become stronger, the longer the youth unemployment crisis continues and will lead to an economic and social cost – increasing poverty and slow growth – that will far outweigh the cost of inaction,” Salazar-Xirinachs stresses.

Labour Herald – Issue No. 15

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Argentina Tyre Union SUTNA eliminates precarious work [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-05-17

Asia / Bangladesh Can Worker Safety Momentum in Bangladesh Last? [VOA] 2013-05-17

Australia / South Australia 30 per cent of Holden workers show interest in redundancies[Adelaide Now] 2013-05-17 30 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh / USA Retailers Key to Bangladesh Worker Safety, Investors Tell Wal-Mart, Gap ActNOW!  [AFL-CIO] 2013-05-18 5 more labour news stories from Bangladesh today

Bolivia Morales faces 11th day of protests demanding improved pensions [Salon] 2013-05-17 1 more labour news stories from Boliviatoday

Cambodia / Japan Deadly Collapse in Footware Factory Renews Safety Concerns[NYTimes] 2013-05-17 5 more labour news stories from Cambodia today

Canada / Philippines / New Brunswick CUPE members send letters of support to Filipino political prisoners [NB Media Co-op] 2013-05-172 more labour news stories from Canada today

Germany Metalworkers win major wage increase [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-05-17

Ghana GAWU, traders ask AMA to enforce by-laws [Business Ghana] 2013-05-17

Global ILO Director-General’s statement on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia [ILO] 2013-05-17

Greece State workers stage walkout [Eye Witness News] 2013-05-17 1 more labour news stories from Greece today

Guatemala / UK Justice for trade unionists murdered in Guatemala [TUC] 2013-05-18

Hong Kong / China Changed Social Landscape Emerges from Dock Strike [All On The Same Ocean] 2013-05-17 1 more labour news stories from Hong Kong today

India Demands of unions under study, says PM [The Hindu] 2013-05-18 6 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Four bodies recovered, dozens still trapped in Freeport Grasberg mine tunnel collapse [The Australian] 2013-05-17 7 more labour news stories from Indonesia today

Iraq Court case against Iraqi oil union leader starts May 19 [Stronger Together] 2013-05-17

Ireland Agreement reached in Bus Éireann dispute [RTÉ] 2013-05-17 1 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Korea (South) [5.15] Jaeneung BELL TOWER STRUGGLE… since 100 days!! [CINA] 2013-05-18

New Caledonia General strike set to last until prices drop [RNZI] 2013-05-17

New Zealand Bill’s budget is a castle made of sand [International Socialists] 2013-05-17 16 more labour news stories from New Zealandtoday

Norway Power strike called off after government intervenes [Reuters] 2013-05-17

Philippines Privatization will affect poor patients, government health workers [bulatlat] 2013-05-17

Poland Trade union membership falls to all-time low [The News] 2013-05-17

Serbia Trade unions put number of jobless at 1,050,000 [b92] 2013-05-17

Slovenia Govt’ confirms union agreed wage cuts [Salon] 2013-05-17

South Africa Justice for South African Gold Miners: Take action [ACTSA] 2013-05-18 46 more labour news stories from South Africatoday

Sri Lanka Trade unions, opposition parties in Sri Lanka plan massive protest against electricity tariff hike and government [Colombo Page] 2013-05-17

Taiwan / Philippines Philippines fears for workers in Taiwan amid row [JP] 2013-05-17

Tunisia Second Phase of National Dialogue Initiated By UGTT Starts [TAP] 2013-05-17

Turkey ITF calls for urgent investigation into THY ‘missing crew’ claims For more info [ITF] 2013-05-17 5 more labour news stories fromTurkey today

UK Unite calls on Londoners to march on Saturday to save the NHS ‘from ruin’ [Unite] 2013-05-17 14 more labour news stories fromUK today

USA / Global High-Tech’s Sketchy Claims for More Foreign Workers [AFL-CIO] 2013-05-18 18 more labour news stories from USA today

Zambia MIners in Zambia strike for wages[IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-05-17

Zimbabwe Solidarity Appeal: Speak out against the intimidation of lecturers [CAUT] 2013-05-17 0 more labour news stories fromZimbabwe today

Labour Herald – Issue No. 14

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Afghanistan IFJ Condemns Murder of Journalist in Afghanistan [IFJ] 2013-05-16

Argentina Tyre Union SUTNA eliminates precarious work [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-05-17

Asia / Bangladesh Can Worker Safety Momentum in Bangladesh Last? [VOA] 2013-05-17 1 more labour news stories from Asiatoday

Australia AMWU says shipbuilding industry is too important to lose [AMWU] 2013-05-17 25 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh / Global Safety Pact to Cost Retailers About $60 Million  ActNOW! [Bloomberg] 2013-05-16 6 more labour news stories from Bangladesh today

Belgium Brussels airport moves to end baggage-handlers’ strike [Yahoo News] 2013-05-16

Bolivia Central Workers Union Demand Better Pensions [The Ground Report] 2013-05-16

Brazil Port strike enters 2nd day as Congress debates reform [Reuters] 2013-05-16

Burma Youth employment in Myanmar [ILO] 2013-05-16

Cambodia Roof Collapse at Cambodian Shoe Plant Kills 3 [VOA] 2013-05-17 5 more labour news stories from Cambodia today

Canada / Ontario Six travailleurs illégaux arrêtés à Kingsville [Radio-Canada] 2013-05-1639 more labour news stories from Canadatoday

China A More Democratic Foxconn? No One Told the Workers [In These Times] 2013-05-16

Colombia / Canada PSI affiliate in solidarity with sister union in Colombia [PSI] 2013-05-16

Croatia Railway workers’ unions hear minister out, refuse to talk to management [Dalje] 2013-05-16

Djibouti Workers Call for United Labour Front[allAfrica] 2013-05-16

Dominican Republic Government sets crackdown on prostitution [The Times-Union] 2013-05-16

Egypt Unemployment Rate Rises to 13.2 Percent [Asway Masriya] 2013-05-16 1 more labour news stories from Egypt today

Europe Tackling modern day slavery [AJ] 2013-05-16 2 more labour news stories fromEurope today

Fiji Fiji’s jobless rate at its ‘highest level’: union [ABC] 2013-05-16

Germany Metalworkers win major wage increase [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-05-17 2 more labour news stories from Germany today

Ghana Tripartite committee much investigate causes of strike – ICU [Ghanaweb] 2013-05-16

Global ILO global forum to discuss decent work in the fishing industry [ILO] 2013-05-16

Greece Teachers back down and call off 24-hour strike [Reuters] 2013-05-16 1 more labour news stories from Greece today

India Government defers national policy for domestic workers [PTI] 2013-05-17 5 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Lita Anggraini: Never-ending struggle [JP] 2013-05-17 15 more labour news stories from Indonesia today

Iraq Court case against Iraqi oil union leader starts May 19 [Stronger Together] 2013-05-17

Ireland LRC invites teachers’ unions to Croke Park talks [RTÉ] 2013-05-17 1 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Israel Seaport battle looms as Israel plans new competition [Reuters] 2013-05-16

Jamaica COMPLANT workers back on the job[Go Jamaica] 2013-05-16

Korea (South) [5.15] KMWU protest rally attacked by riot cops… [CINA] 2013-05-16 1 more labour news stories from Korea (South)today

Nepal GEFONT asks to withdraw latest decision of the Constitutional Council[GEFONT] 2013-05-16 1 more labour news stories from Nepal today

New Caledonia Unions in New Caledonia calling for lower prices have continued their general strike for a second day. [RNZII] 2013-05-16 1 more labour news stories from New Caledonia today

New Zealand McStrike workers go fishing[Youtube] 2013-05-17 14 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Palestine / South Africa COSATU statement on al-Nakba Day [Cosatu] 2013-05-16

Papua New Guinea Teachers worried overcrowded classrooms restricts learning[RNZII] 2013-05-16

South Africa Top leaders accused of siding with NUM [ENCA] 2013-05-17 36 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Sri Lanka TNA & LSSP join strike action[Unions Lanka] 2013-05-16 3 more labour news stories from Sri Lanka today

Swaziland Wonder Mkhonza released on bail, not free [Kenworthy] 2013-05-16 1 more labour news stories from Swaziland today

Tunisia Second Phase of National Dialogue Initiated By UGTT Starts [TAP] 2013-05-17 1 more labour news stories from Tunisia today

Turkey Justice for workers after May Day clashes in Turkey [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-05-17

UK Virgin Trains workers could go on strike in the row over new uniforms that are said to be too ‘skimpy’ [Metro] 2013-05-16 10 more labour news stories from UK today

USA Give public servants the recognition — and pay — they deserve [The Washington Post] 2013-05-17 30 more labour news stories fromUSA today

Venezuela The new labour law: The best Mother’s Day gift [rabble.ca] 2013-05-16

Yemen / Saudi Arabia Yemenis reel from Saudi labour crackdown [AJ] 2013-05-16 1 more labour news stories from Yemen today

Zambia ZRA Strike Is Sign of Despondency, Says Narep [Zambia Reports] 2013-05-16 0 more labour news stories from Zambia today

Labour Herald – Issue No. 13

 

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America

Argentina BA province teachers threat with striking again [Buenos Aires Herald] 2013-05-14

Asia / Pacific Women transport workers from Asia-Pacific call for end to violence [ITF] 2013-05-14

Australia / Queensland Tell Neuman and Abbott our public hospitals are not for sale-campaign update [QNU] 2013-05-15 34 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh Bangladesh Shuts 18 Garment Factories After Disaster [JG] 2013-05-15 24 more labour news stories from Bangladeshtoday

Bolivia Strike Over Pensions Without Apparent Resolution After One Week [Prensa Latina] 2013-05-14

Burma Minimum Wage Law to go to Parliament [Mizzima] 2013-05-14

Cambodia 15 years after special Labour Court promised after law passed it still does not exist [Phnom Penh Post] 2013-05-14 2 more labour news stories from Cambodia today

Canada / Manitoba Union opposes public golf course sell-off [CUPE] 2013-05-14 12 more labour news stories from Canada today

Chile Chilean union leader calls for national strike of copper workers [Santiago Times] 2013-05-14

China China sex workers ‘abused by police’[BBC Indonesia] 2013-05-14 4 more labour news stories from China today

Croatia Croatian Airlines unions announce strike if agreement not reached [Dalje] 2013-05-14

Egypt Average salaries grew 20% in 2012: Official statistics body [Ahram Online] 2013-05-14

Europe / Germany European Leaders Grapple With Youth Unemployment [NYTimes] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories from Europetoday

Fiji FTUC disputes claim that Fiji jobless figures falling [Radio Australia] 2013-05-15 3 more labour news stories from Fiji today

Germany Amazon staff go on strike [The Guardian] 2013-05-15 2 more labour news stories from Germany today

Global / Bangladesh Major Retailers Join Bangladesh Safety Plan [NYTimes] 2013-05-14

Greece Unions Call 24-Hour Strike For Tuesday In Response To Government’s Use Of Emergency Powers [Huffington Post] 2013-05-146 more labour news stories from Greece today

India / Kerala Municipal and corporation staff union meet Image [The Hindu] 2013-05-15 9 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Two dead, 31 trapped in Indonesia mine collapse [ST] 2013-05-15 11 more labour news stories from Indonesia today

Iraq IFJ Mourns TV Journalist Assassinated in Iraq [IFJ] 2013-05-14

Ireland Government seeking overall pay deal with public sector unions [irishtimes.com] 2013-05-14 2 more labour news stories fromIreland today

Jamaica / China Labour ministry to meet with COMPLANT, unions today [The Observer] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories fromJamaica today

Korea (South) On behalf of big business, Pres. Park could redefine regular wages [Hankyoreh] 2013-05-14

Namibia Bank Wants to Block Strikes [allAfrica] 2013-05-14

Netherlands / Europe Recession takes toll on the Netherlands [AJ] 2013-05-14

New Caledonia Trade unions lead general strike over cost of living anger [RNZI] 2013-05-15

New Zealand Letter of complaint from Unite to Auckland Police [Unite Union] 2013-05-15 5 more labour news stories from New Zealandtoday

Norway Electricity strike widens, blackouts and international supply problems possible[The Foreigner] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories from Norway today

Palestine Govt employees to protest as salaries go unpaid [Ma'an News Agency] 2013-05-14

Philippines Pro labor need not be anti employer [PhilStar] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories from Philippines today

Qatar / Nepal Teacher jailed on charges of insulting Islam is freed by Qatar [Washington Post] 2013-05-14

Saudi Arabia / India Indian workers fear effect of Saudi crackdown [AJ] 2013-05-14

Singapore Wage rises likely to exceed inflation: Report [ST] 2013-05-15 1 more labour news stories from Singapore today

South Africa Bus drivers back after 9.5% wage deal [The Citizen] 2013-05-14 31 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Swaziland / South Africa COSATU joins five Swazi pro-democracy groups to demand South African H.C. be recalled [Swazi Media Commentary] 2013-05-15 2 more labour news stories from Swaziland today

Tonga PSA says draft employment bill good for stability of country [RNZI] 2013-05-14 2 more labour news stories from Tonga today

Trinidad and Tobago Workers to decide next move today [Trinidad Express] 2013-05-14

Turkey Strike looms at Turkey’s top airline[CNN] 2013-05-15 1 more labour news stories from Turkey today

UK / Bangladesh Usdaw Backs Call for Retailers to Sign Up to Bangladesh Accord[Usdaw] 2013-05-14 5 more labour news stories from UK today

USA 800,000 Pentagon staff sent on mandatory unpaid leave [Radio Australia] 2013-05-15 9 more labour news stories from USA today

Zambia ZRA Workers Down Tools [Zambia Reports] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories from Zambia today

Child labour: S Delhi reveals its ugly side

It may house some of the most affluent people in the city and lay claims of being the most socially-progressive district but two out of 10 people in south Delhi think that anyone over the age of 10 is not a child.

This and many other surprising figures were thrown up by a survey of 1,575 employers conducted by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) on the attitudes and beliefs about child labour.

According to the report, a number of respondents believed that only an individual under the age of 10 years is considered a child. This number was 12.8% in south west Delhi and 6.3% in New Delhi.

“These figures suggest that all these people would possibly have no hesitation in hiring a child as young as 10 years. Not only this, many people consider that a child should not only study, but work as well,” the study read.

Around 18% respondents in New Delhi and 14% respondents in central Delhi responded that children should study as well as work simultaneously. 56% of the respondents said they know of children in their locality who do not go to school, while more than 70% said that those children who do not go to school are working to earn a living.

About half of the city’s population believes that children can work as much as adults. Their salaries, however, are much lower than their counterparts.

Labour Herald – Issue No. 12

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Argentina BA province teachers threat with striking again [Buenos Aires Herald] 2013-05-14

Asia / Pacific Women transport workers from Asia-Pacific call for end to violence [ITF] 2013-05-14

Australia / Tasmania 100% pay campaign gets resounding support [SDA] 2013-05-14 41 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh Major retailers agree to monitor suppliers and pay for repairs after more than 1,100 dead in factory collapse. [AJ] 2013-05-1418 more labour news stories from Bangladeshtoday

Brazil Nestle workers in Sao Paulo fight for equal pay and conditions [IUF] 2013-05-13

Cambodia Fisherman human trafficker charged [Phnom Penh Post] 2013-05-14 2 more labour news stories from Cambodia today

Canada Workers’ rights: It’s a question of fairness [rabble.ca] 2013-05-13 2 more labour news stories from Canada today

China At least 40 coal miners killed in two explosions in China over weekend [China Labour Bulletin] 2013-05-13 2 more labour news stories from China today

Colombia Colombia: Many Women Workers Face Job Discrimination For more info[Solidarity Center] 2013-05-13

Egypt Average salaries grew 20% in 2012: Official statistics body [Ahram Online] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories from Egypttoday

Europe New study concludes EU’s internal energy market remains a dangerous experiment and threatens climate change policy [EPSU] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories from Europe today

Fiji First Indian indentured labourers arrived in Fiji 134 years ago today [Fiji Village] 2013-05-14 2 more labour news stories from Fiji today

French Polynesia Incoming Tahiti government promises unemployment benefits [Radio New Zealand International] 2013-05-13

Germany IG Metall calls on Bosch to reconsider exit from the crystalline solar photovoltaic business [pv magazine] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories from Germanytoday

Global / South Africa Unions still alive and kicking [BDLive] 2013-05-13 2 more labour news stories from Global today

Greece Civil servants strike to protest ban on teacher strike [Greek Reporter] 2013-05-14 4 more labour news stories from Greece today

Hong Kong / China Bosses call to exempt some fields from standard work hours [HK Standard] 2013-05-13

India Port workers union wants Chennai port to take up mega terminal project [The Hindu Business Line] 2013-05-13 6 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Two construction workers were killed and four others were injured when a minaret at the Achmad Bakrie Grand Mosque in Kisaran, North Sumatra, collapsed [JP] 2013-05-14 2 more labour news stories fromIndonesia today

Iran Death threats force ‘Iran’s Lech Walesa’ into exile [Democracy Digest] 2013-05-13 1 more labour news stories from Iran today

Iraq IFJ Mourns TV Journalist Assassinated in Iraq [IFJ] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories from Iraq today

Ireland Strike ‘could spread to rail and Dublin Bus’ [Examiner] 2013-05-13 8 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Israel Histadrut’s achievements in 2013-14 budget [Histadrut] 2013-05-13 2 more labour news stories from Israel today

Jordan Constructiony company indicted on human traficking charges [Jordan Times] 2013-05-13

Korea (South) What the Protest atop a Steel Tower Left Behind… [Kyunghyang Shinmun] 2013-05-13 1 more labour news stories fromKorea (South) today

Netherlands / Europe Recession takes toll on the Netherlands [AJ] 2013-05-14

New Caledonia Cost-cutting plan amid strike threat [RNZI] 2013-05-13

New Zealand McStrike at McDonalds Dunedin North [Unite Union] 2013-05-13 4 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Norway More pension turbulence looms after flight attendants’ victory [News and Views from Norway] 2013-05-13

Palestine Govt employees to protest as salaries go unpaid [Ma'an News Agency] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories fromPalestine today

Papua New Guinea Signs of tension in PNG’s LNG project area [Radio New Zealand International] 2013-05-13

Philippines NUJP releases guidelines for safe election coverage [IFJ] 2013-05-14

Qatar / Nepal Teacher jailed on charges of insulting Islam is freed by Qatar [Washington Post] 2013-05-14

Saudi Arabia / India Indian workers fear effect of Saudi crackdown [AJ] 2013-05-14

Singapore / USA Singapore begins inquiry into US worker’s death [JP] 2013-05-14

South Africa Amcu president appeals for calm after murder of key Marikana union official[BDLive] 2013-05-14 32 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Swaziland Intense trouble for govt over TUCOSWA [Times of Swaziland] 2013-05-13

Tonga PSA says draft employment bill good for stability of country [RNZI] 2013-05-14 5 more labour news stories from Tonga today

Trinidad and Tobago PSA petitions High Court[Newsday] 2013-05-13

Tunisia Journalist Union members discuss creation of Press Council [TAP] 2013-05-13

Turkey May Day victim getting better [Hurriyet Daily News] 2013-05-14 1 more labour news stories from Turkey today

UK Up to 300 security staff at the Houses of Parliament will strike over shifts [PCS] 2013-05-13 8 more labour news stories from UKtoday

United Arab Emirates Guggenheim blasted for poor conditions for workers in construction of Abu Dhabi site [Art Info] 2013-05-13

USA Trumka: The ‘Grand Bargain’ Is a Dead End [AFL-CIO] 2013-05-14 12 more labour news stories from USA today

Vietnam Employers complain amended Labour Code is ‘heavy burden’ [VIetnamNet] 2013-05-13 1 more labour news stories fromVietnam today

UNI Apro South Asia Finance Unions Meet @ ADB Events in New Delhi

Prof Prabal K Sen from Xavier Management School delivered a key note presentation on the impact and implication of India’s new banking sector reforms on South Asia at the SAFSUC meeting

UNI ILC President Milind Nadkarni welcomes participants

Prof Prabal K Sen receives UNI Finance Publications from President Yutaka Seki 

SAFSUC members planning organizing campaigns


Yasuke Kanamitsu from FNIU Japan


Shigeo Nakamoto from Trust Bank Federation Japan


South Asia Finance Sector Unions Council [SAFSUC] co-ordination meeting was held in conjunction with the 46th ADB Annual Governors Meeting on 5th May 2013 in New Delhi India.

Yutaka Seki President UNI Apro Finance in his opening remarks urged the finance industry trade unions to double up efforts to increase the trade union density especially in the private bank and insurance companies in SAARC region.

Seki said the UNI Apro participants made their presence felt at the ADB CSO events by taking up issues important to workers such as investment of pension funds. Strong trade unions are important to lobby and influence policy direction of ADB to achieve desired objectives for the benefit of entire society.

UNI Apro Finance Sector Director Jayasri Priyalal welcomed the new affiliate from India All India Bank of Baroda Officers Association to the meeting. He said Insurance Employees Union from Sri Lanka and Democratic Workers Alliance CBA union from State Bank of Pakistan has applied for affiliation increasing the member unions in SAFSUC. Priyalal thanked UNI Finance affiliates from Japan and Malaysia for taking time from ADB events to observe the SAFSUC meeting. SAFSUC members congratulated the newly elected Milind Nadkarni as General Secretary of AIBOBEF, K C Ganesh President FIEUN Nepal and V Narasimhan General Secretary of AINLIEF India in their respective conventions.

SAFSUC members paid tribute to Late Bro Sheik A Iftikhar longstanding trade unionist who represented and led the finance industry employees for decades in Pakistan. Bro Iftikhar who was also the former General Secretary of UNI Liaison Council in Pakistan passed away on 26th April 2013 in Lahore. A minute silence was observed by SAFSUC members at the commencement of the meeting as a mark of respect to late Bro Iftikhar.

Prof Prabal K Sen from Xavier Management School delivered a key note presentation on the impact and implication of India’s new banking sector reforms on South Asia at the SAFSUC meeting. Kanamitsu YusukeFNIU Japan and Shigeo Nakamoto Trust Bank Federation shared finance industry reform experiences with SAFSUC members.

The SAFSUC meeting was transformed into a workshop in the second half and participants engaged in group work to map the bank and insurance sectors and come up with an organizing plan to increase trade union density in the respective countries. The organizing plans will be included in the UNI Apro Finance Strategic plan to be adopted at the sector conference in Bangkok in August 2013.

The event saw a turn up of 31 participants from 11 finance sector trade unions and five SAARC countries, including observers from Japan and Malaysia. Eleven of these participants were women trade union activist.

For Professor Prabal K Sen’s paper, please refer to the Related Files tab.

Daily News

Asia / Pacific Women transport workers from Asia-Pacific call for end to violence [ITF] 2013-05-14

Bangladesh Factory death toll soars past 1,100 [CBC] ActNOW! 2013-05-13

Colombia Colombia: Many Women Workers Face Job Discrimination[Solidarity Center] For more info 2013-05-13

UK / England Trade Union chainmakers’ festival celebrating women’s equality returning to Cradley Heath [The News] 2013-05-12

Australia / Victoria Celebrating International Nurses Day and Mother’s Day, [ANF Victoria] 2013-05-12

Bangladesh Doubling wages of Bangladeshi textile workers ‘would add 2p to cost of a t-shirt’ [Ekklesia] ActNOW! 2013-05-11

Canada / Ontario Union files mass gender discrimination complaint against LCBO at human rights tribunal [Global] 2013-05-11

Latin America Some Advances in Legal Rights for Domestic Workers in Latin America [Reuters] 2013-05-11

Canada / Ontario Union to file wage discrimination suit against LCBO[Canoe] 2013-05-11