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LabourStart is the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement. Founded in 1998, we are the web's best source of trade union news, uploaded by our volunteers in dozens of languages. Our online campaigns, offered free of charge to trade unions, often help win victories for workers around the world. And from time to time, we hold Global Solidarity Conferences in different cities. Please visit our website at https://www.labourstart.org and support with a donation (if ...
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Earlier this month there were giant protests across Argentina following the attempts by the country's new president, Javier Gerardo Milei, to impose his dystopian vision on the country. Milei's government is cracking down on workers' rights, downsizing and privatising much of the public sector, and triggering a huge increase in unemployment and pov…
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This week, we spoke with Esther Lynch, the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The ETUC represents 45 million members from 93 trade union organisations in 41 European countries, plus 10 European Trade Union Federations. In a wide-ranging discussion, we spoke about the upcoming European elections and why they matter f…
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Khaing Zar is President of the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) and Treasurer of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM). Forced into exile following the military coup d'etat in February 2021, she is a leading spokesperson for the embattled trade unions of her country, which have now been effectively banned and driven und…
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This week we interviewed Jan Willem Goudriaan, General Secretary of the European Public Service Union (EPSU). EPSU brings together trade unions from across Europe. It influences the policies and decisions of employers, governments and European institutions that affect public service workers, their families and communities. It mobilises for action a…
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Luc Triangle is the new general secretary of the global labour movement's peak body, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The ITUC represents 191 million workers united in 340 affiliated national trade union centres around the globe. We spoke with Luc about the ITUC's new "For Democracy" campaign, about the globally-recognised "right…
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Rebecca Owens is a proud flight attendant and active member of AFA (Association of Flight Attendants)-CWA Council 30 in Anchorage, Alaska. She has stepped up as her union is in contract negotiations at Alaska Airlines by helping to organize informational pickets, volunteering to go on camera to share the stories of her union brothers, sisters and s…
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Darren is an Amazon worker and Amanda is a senior organiser for the GMB union in the UK. Together, they tell a story of low pay, union busting and an atmosphere of fear at Amazon -- but also a story of courage, solidarity and hope as workers unite and take on one of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world. Learn more about the fight…
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When Bea Bruske was a teenager she found herself walking a picket line for many months -- a strike prolonged unnecessarily because her employer had hired scabs. Today she's the President of the Canadian Labour Congress and is leading the fight for anti-scab legislation. A bill now making its way through the Canadian federal parliament will ban scab…
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The textile workers at Egypt's state-owned Mahalla factory have a history they can be proud of -- their strikes helped to bring down the Mubarak dictatorship. In March 2024, when the Egyptian government decided to exclude them from a minimum wage equal to US $120 (per month - before taxes), they rose up in protest, led by women workers. Having won …
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Australia under its new Labor government is seeing a huge revival of the trade union movement with new "closing loopholes" laws that strengthen workers' rights. At the centre of the struggle is Sally McManus and the Australian trade union movement. Sally is a fighter and is often quoted saying: "I believe in the rule of law where the law is fair an…
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Colombia used to be described as the most dangerous place on earth to be a trade unionist. Sadly, that is still the case. But as Nick MacWilliam from the UK-based, trade union-backed Justice for Colombia explains, things are getting better. Colombia now has a progressive president, supported by the unions, and Nick -- who has just returned form Col…
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Marc Belanger was doing labour education and union organising online back in the 1980s. That's NOT a typo -- he established SoliNet (Solidarity Network) for Canada's largest union, CUPE, nearly 40 years ago. He went on to run the International Labour Organisation's training centre in Turin, Italy and now is back in Canada, where he founded and runs…
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We spoke with Carolina about the situation in Panama where the government has been attacking the construction workers' union, accusing the union leaders of 'terrorism' and closing off their bank accounts. The union and BWI have mobilised global support, including a LabourStart campaign -- and the government is feeling the pressure. For details, vis…
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We interviewed Olesia about the situation of Ukraine's workers and their unions. While she was speaking to us in Kyiv, she reported that a Russian missile attack was taking place at the same time. Olesia's message to the workers and trade unions of the world is essential listening - please share this widely! To learn more about the situation of wor…
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