|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|
|Global Unions met new ADB President Takehiko Nakao – 07.05.2013|
|Representatives of UNI Apro met the new ADB President, Takehiko Nakao at the 46th Asian Development Bank Annual Governors Meeting in Greater Noida, India.|
|EU must push for fundamental rights in Bangladesh garment sector – 06.05.2013|
|The global union movement welcomes European Commission’s commitment to press Bangladesh to meet international labour standards|
|Whistleblowers urged to come forward on Walmart – 06.05.2013|
|UNI draws attention to Walmart’s deplorable track record in workers’ rights at FDI national protest meeting in New Delhi & new whistleblower website launches to expose alleged abuses at Walmart|
|Social dialogue in the commerce sector in CEE countries – 06.05.2013|
|Trade union and employers representatives from Poland, Romania and Bulgaria discussed challenges in establishing an effective social dialogue in commerce and identified urgent future action points|
|First General Assembly of KC Union in Colombia – 06.05.2013|
|Kimberly Clark workers in Tocancipa, Colombia, have called for the first assembly in the company’s plant to prepare for the negotiation which will end with the signing of a collective agreement|
|Partnership with Trade Unions Works: Amartya Sen – 05.05.2013|
|Nobel laureate Professor Amartya Sen talks about his experience with trade unions at the 46th ADB Annual Governors meeting in New Delhi, India.|
|Manchester Airport cleaners strike against wage cut – 03.05.2013|
|UNI in solidarity with Unite members taking action for a fair wage|
|International Basketball Unions praise Jason Collins – 03.05.2013|
|NBA Players’ union (NBPA) in New York hosts inaugral meeting of UNI Sport Pro Global Alliance of Basketball Player Associations. The Alliance issues a statement in support of Jason Collins|
|Manchester Airport Cleaners Strike Today – Unite Members Fight Back – 02.05.2013|
|Over 100 Cleaners on strike|
|Marching for Better Labour Polices – 02.05.2013|
|Mascots and RCCIGU members march on Labour Day in Hong Kong|
|UNI on the march for May Day – 01.05.2013|
|UNI is taking part in May Day marches and protests around the globe standing up for workers’ rights and the unemployed – see some of the images here|
|May Day Message 2013 Jobs not Austerity – 01.05.2013|
|UNI’s General Secretary, Philip Jennings highlights jobs as crucial factor in overcoming global crisis and calls for end to ultra-austerity measures driving economy and working people to the wall|
|26.5 million out off work. Again a new EU record! – 30.04.2013|
|12.1% in € area. For youth 24%. Greece & Spain worst: 27% & 27%; for youth 59 & 56%.|
|UNI Sport PRO May Day Messages – 30.04.2013|
|“It is absolutely crucial that athletes across the world are recognised as workers and secured proper conditions to work under…. ” Mads Øland – Board Member, FIFPro. Read other messages here|
|Adriana Rosenzvaig’s message for the International Workers´ Day – 30.04.2013|
|UNI Americas sends its solidarity greetings and gratitude for your tireless struggle for better working conditions, dignity and respect in every corner of our united America.|
|Engineers working as contracted out or agency labour, earn less – 30.04.2013|
|Highly qualified people who work in technical jobs and are employed as contract workers or assigned to other companies often they earn up to 20 per cent less than permanent employees|
|CWU-UK Members in Crown Post Offices to Strike Monday – 29.04.2013|
|CWU members in Crown Post Office outlets are on strike for the third time Monday to protest Post Office closures|
|Amcor Tobacco Izmir, Turkey delay recognition again – 29.04.2013|
|Lawyers representing Amcor have once again raised further legal objections in the Labour court in an effort to further delay union recognition.|
|Ver.di wins pay rise in new Deutsche Post agreement – 29.04.2013|
|UNI affiliate ver.di has won a 5.7% pay rise in a new collective agreement with the German post after a series of strikes during bargaining|
|International Workers Memorial Day remembers Dhaka victims – 26.04.2013|
|UNI and its affiliates pay tribute to the workers killed in the factory building collapse in Dhaka and call for new regulations and the supply chain to be cleaned up|
As the financial, economic, political, and social crises in Europe continue unabated, UNI Europa launches Troika Watch, an online austerity policy watchdog.
In response to the global financial crisis and the ensuing Euro-zone crisis, a task force comprising the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established. This tripartite task force is called the Troika. It has engaged policy discussions with the national authorities in Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus.
The Troika intervenes in cris…is countries to restore growth, employment, and competitiveness; strengthen the financial system; and safeguard fiscal sustainability. In effect, the Troika makes recommendations that governments in crisis situations cannot refuse.
As the financial, economic, political, and social crises in Europe continue unabated, UNI Europa is launching Troika Watch, an online austerity policy watchdog. Through Troika Watch, UNI Europa aims to offer an assessment of the austerity policies and their ill-effects, and to reveal workers’ individual, real-life stories in the sectors covered by UNI Global.
05/05/2013 – India
Nobel laureate Prof Amartya Sen citing from his experiences said at a panel discussion during the 46th ADB Annual Governors meeting in New Delhi, India
Speaking at the panel discussion on the theme Delivering Effective Public Services sharing his own experiences to improve absenteeism amongst primary school teachers and to deliver quality primary education how he engaged with the trade unions in Bangladesh. Prof Sen defined development as “Expansion of Human Freedom”. Economic growth need to generate more income for the population but Prof Sen questioned what proportion of the income is spent on public welfare. Public services need to target priorities for expanding human capabilities and such schemes have paid rich dividends in Japan and Korea’s success said Prof Sen.
Empowerment is means and ends and it is the sole objective of development. Right diagnosis of the problem is half of the solution and engaging trade unions and cashing on their experiences and partnering with them works said Prof Sen.
Newly elected ADB President Takehiko Nakao in his introductory remarks to the panel discussion said ADB aims to achieve Inclusive Growth through Empowerment and listening to citizen’s voice and citizen empowerment will be a strategic focus of the bank activities in future.
Large contingent of trade union activists from the Global Unions attended the ADB’s 46th Annual Governors meeting in New Delhi. Pensions Towards Socially Responsible Investments was the theme of the CSO panel discussion organized by trade unions at the 46th ADB Annual Governors Meeting in New Delhi .