26 Aug 2017 Ferado

Teachers’ demo for upgrading of posts

Aug 26: LAHORE Dozens of schoolteachers staged a demonstration on Aug 24 and protested against the Punjab government for delaying upgrading of teaching posts and ignoring their other issues.

The demo was held outside the Lahore Press Club on the call of Punjab Teachers Union (PTU). Similar protest demonstrations were held outside press clubs in different cities of the province. Carrying banners and placards the schoolteachers came hard on the Punjab School Education Department for ignoring what they termed their just demands including upgrading of posts.

The Punjab Teachers Union leaders including Ch Sarfaraz, Rana Liaqat, Ch Muhammad Ali, Mian Arshad and others led the demo outside Lahore Press Club and expressed concerns over delay in issuing upgrading notification. They said the government was ignoring issues related to in-service promotions and teachers’ packages etc.

The Punjab Teachers Union leaders demanded the government address teachers’ issues on priority and warned if no immediate action was taken, the schoolteachers would observe a sit-in outside the Punjab Assembly on September 16.

26 Aug 2017 Ferado

Government should boost business confidence by keeping single market membership on negotiating table, says TUC

U.K: Commenting on the publication today by the Office for National Statistics of new data showing business investment stalling, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Instead of getting match-fit for Brexit, business investment is sat on the bench and the economy is sliding towards the relegation zone.

“The government should boost businesses confidence by keeping single market membership on the negotiating table. And with businesses reluctant to invest, the government must step up to the plate with a boost to public investment.”

26 Aug 2017 Ferado

CITU welcomes Supreme Court judgment on Triple Talaq

INDIA: CITU welcomes the majority judgment of the Supreme Court on the talaq e bidat type of triple Talaq. The Supreme Court pointed out that talaq e bidat type of triple talaq was arbitrary and was not intrinsic to Koranic tenets. The judgment is a step forward in the struggle for the rights of women.

This is a victory for the decades’ long struggle against the instant and arbitrary form of divorce through the talaq e bidat. Many Muslim women and democratic women’s organisations have played the leading role in this struggle. Many countries with Muslim majority populations do not have this practice.

CITU believes that this judgment will strengthen women’s struggle for their rights and for reform of personal laws of all communities to suit the present situation.

26 Aug 2017 Ferado

WFTU statement on the earthquake in Italy

GREECE: The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, condemns the criminal practices of the construction companies, that are disclosed, once again, after the consequences and the dead, which a powerless earthquake left behind in the island of Ischia, Italy.

According to experts, an earthquake of less than 4 degrees on the richter scale, should not in any circumstances, cause such a disaster. The local responsible person for the organization of environment protection, T. Matzara, said that there is a very big construction activity in the island and a lot of houses appear in just a few weeks. Also he denounced that on numerous occasions, the constructions was totally illegal and the likelihood of collapse was “absolutely predictable”. The Napoli chief prosecutor, T. Menilotis, spoke of serious phenomena such as illegal and arbitrary building projects, and the prosecution is considering launching an investigation into multiple homicide, negligently.

The WFTU, expresses its sincere condolences to the families and relatives of the victims. Once again, conscious crime has been made against innocent victims for the sake of profit. These are the tragic effects of a system that is based on the capitalists wealth increasing instead of the quality of people’s living conditions. We call on the international class-oriented trade union movement to strengthen the militant struggle for the implementation of adequate protection measures in every aspect of people’s lives.

26 Aug 2017 Ferado

Trade union signs strong collective agreement with Turkish glass company

GEORGIA: After more than a year of negotiations, a collective agreement for the Ksani glass container factory in Georgia was signed.

On 22 August, the fifth round of negotiations was held to sign a collective agreement at the glass container factory in Ksani (JSC MINA), owned by the Turkish company Şişecam Glass Packaging Group.

IndustriALL affiliate the Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG) concluded the collective agreement with a significant package of social benefits. There are 220 workers at the plant. The collective agreement provides the following for TUMMCIWG members:

Compensation for night work, overtime and working on public holidays at a premium rate;
An annual wage rise, based on an index linked to the inflation rate. Salary will be indexed from 2016.
Financial assistance for childbirth, marriage or the death of a close relative to the amount of 500 GEL (US $207);
Monthly financial assistance to large families for every child under 18 years to the amount of 30 GEL (US $ 12) from 1 October 2017.

In addition, a bonus system will be launched from 1 January 2018. Trade union representatives will have the opportunity to present their own remarks and opinions.

This is the third collective agreement in the metallurgical, mining and chemical industry sector after Rustavi Azot and Zestafoni ferroalloy factory. The company accepted the idea of a collective agreement after a month-long strike of 170 workers in February 2016 that paralyzed operations at the plant.

The first two meetings of the union and the plant management were held in Georgia, but because of the strictly centralized structure of the Şişecam company, the general director of the plant could not take a decision on the conclusion of a collective agreement.

On 19 April, the owner invited five representatives of the TUMMCIWG to its head office in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting made a breakthrough in the negotiations which resulted in the conclusion of a collective agreement.

The president of the TUMMCIWG Tamaz Dolaberidze stated:

“I would like to thank everybody who has been involved in the collective negotiation process. I would like to thank all the employees of the enterprise from which we felt a great deal of support during this period, it gave us great inspiration to move ahead. I appreciate the support of IndustriALL Global Union, whose leaders have visited Georgia several times during the collective negotiations and held meetings with the administration”.