6 Jun 2018 Ferado

RBC TUA demands respect for workers rights in the Caribbean

amaica: Caribbean Trade Unions who are affiliates of UNI FINANCE are demanding that RBC workers throughout the Caribbean have the right to union protection in the region.

This is intended to ensure that Trade Union rights for RBC workers are protected and respected and ensure their right to freedom of association, union recognition and a workplace free from fear and victimization.

The Unions from Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and the Bahamas who represent RBC and other bank workers in the Caribbean have identified numerous breaches of basic good industrial relations by banks, especially by RBC in the region.

The RBC Trade Union Alliance of UNI Americas met in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 21-22, 2018, to discuss common strategies to combat violations of the rights of bank workers who simply want to do their job efficiently and receive fair remuneration and decent terms and conditions of employment consistent with ILO Conventions, the provisions of their Collective Agreements, provisions of labour law and establish industrial relations principles and practices.

The RBC Trade Union Alliance, fully supported by UNI Finance and its three (3) million workers worldwide repudiates any strategy, which includes the use of anti-union practices, and not allowing workers to raise their standards of living and working conditions.

When workers in the region exercised their right to take collective actions, they faced consistent anti-union behavior, intimidation and victimization.

The Trade Union Alliance is now strongly demanding that Royal Bank of Canada commits to a relationship devoid of these anti-union practices throughout the Caribbean region. The Trade Union Alliance invites RBC management to engage in an open and genuine dialogue with its workers’ chosen representatives, by meeting with the respective unions as a united group.

6 Jun 2018 Ferado

There are still 152m victims of child labour: ILO

Geneva: The Director General of International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, yesterday warned that there are still 152 million victims of child labour worldwide and called on the international community to work together to achieve total eradication of juvenile workers by 2025.

Ryder, while addressing world leaders at a press conference to mark the 2018 World Day against child labour with the theme: “Generation Safe & Healthy and the 20th Anniversary of Global March against Child Labour,” in Geneva, Switzerland, acknowledged that progress has been made in the past 21 years but warned that there is still a long way to go to eradicate child labour in all its forms.

“There are still 152 million children victims of child labour, that is, almost one in 10 in the world. Of those, almost half are in hazardous work. We need to recognise that progress made has been very uneven.

“Target 8.7 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda calls for the elimination of child labour in all its forms by 2025 and of forced labour by 2030”, he said.

According to the ILO Director-General, the eradication of child labour requires an integrated approach that tackles deep and systemic causes of child labour and does not focus only on treating the symptoms.
He contended that the latest ILO estimates indicate that there are 25 million victims of forced labour worldwide.

“The goals to eradicate the 25 million victims of forced labour cannot be clearer as well as the uncomfortable reality that if we do not do more and better, we will not achieve them,” Ryder warned.

“As we celebrate the World Day Against Child Labour and the 20 years of the Global March today at the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference, we must turn this renewed commitment into accelerated action and consign child labour to the dustbin of history, once and for all.”

It would be recalled that in 1998, seven million people marched across five continents to demand for the ILO Convention 182 against worst forms of child labour.

6 Jun 2018 Ferado

Police detain union members demanding reinstatement of dismissed workers

Turkey: Turkish police detained 13 members of the Confederation of Public Workers Unions (KESK) on Monday as they staged a protest demanding the reinstatement of workers who were dismissed by government decrees under a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of a controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

According to a report by the pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency (ANF), KESK members were detained by police in the Bakırköy and Kadıköy districts of İstanbul. Police had also taken into custody union members who wanted to stage an action in Bakırköy alleging “security” reasons on Saturday.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Ali Şeker arrived in Bakırköy to support the workers and tried to talk the police out of their decision to disperse the sit-in. However, police surrounded the KESK members who were sitting with banners unfurled, battered them and took 13 into custody, according to ANF.

The police also prevented the press from taking pictures and cordoned off the KESK members to isolate them from the media.

Turkey survived a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15. On December 13, 2017 the Justice Ministry announced that 169,013 people have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced on April 18, 2018 that the Turkish government had jailed 77,081 people between July 15, 2016 and April 11, 2018 over alleged links to the Gülen movement.

5 Jun 2018 Ferado

Italy’s new leaders to ‘review’ Renzi labour reforms

Italy: The legislation, introduced in 2015, made it easier for large companies to fire people and offered fiscal incentives for companies that hired permanent workers on new, less-protected terms.
Italy’s government was finally sworn in on Friday, ending months of political turmoil and the threat of a repeat election. But investors remain nervous, since the coalition promises to increase spending, slash taxes and challenge EU fiscal rules, which would add to Italy’s debt pile .
“People not only don’t have any (job) security to get married, they don’t even have any (job) security to book their holidays,” Di Maio, the 5-Star Movement’s leader, said in a Facebook post.
Di Maio was appointed as deputy prime minister and head of the newly merged labour and industry ministry.
Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pushed through the so-called Jobs Act in 2015, promising it would create jobs and end a situation where the vast majority of young people were employed via insecure short-term contracts.
But the reform was controversial. Big business cheered the tax breaks and the easing of firing restrictions. Unions said easier dismissal undermined basic workers’ rights.
Its results were also disputed. Employment has increased, but in the last two years most new jobs created have been the kind of temporary work the Jobs Act was supposed to deter.
Moreover, the rise in overall employment has been driven mainly by pension reforms by previous governments, which raised the retirement age, rather than more jobs for the young.
Italy’s unemployment rate stood at 11.2% in April.
“If we want to strengthen the economy, we need to reduce the uncertainties and one of the reasons for the uncertainties is the Jobs Act,” Di Maio said. “The Jobs Act must be reviewed.”
He did not give details of what the changes would entail.
At a party celebration in Rome on Saturday, Di Maio said he would work to create jobs that are relevant to today’s economy and push for an adequate minimum wage.
Some economists have said that rather than the Jobs Act, Italy needed investment in education and technology and, as in Germany, closer links between schools, universities and companies to boost jobs.

5 Jun 2018 Ferado

Germany 800,000 construction workers win pay rise

Germany: More than 800,000 construction workers will get a pay raise as a result of the deal. For full-time skilled construction workers this can mean a pay raise of around 200 Euros more per month.

“That’s the highest wage deal sealed nationwide this year,” IG BAU head Robert Feiger said to the news agency Reuters, adding that the result ensured workers finally got their fair share of the booming economy.

The German economy has had an upswing for many years now and expanded by 2.2 percent in 2017 and record low unemployment rates. Construction companies have a hard time finding enough workers for their projects which has made it easier for the union to get their demands through.

“We congratulate IG Bau in concluding this agreement after intense weeks of negotiations. It is a well-earned victory for construction workers in Germany through dialogue and negotiations. Clearly it is only fair that workers get a bigger share of profits since they are contributing to the boom,” said BWI’s General Secretary Ambet Yuson.