Human Rights

ILO Note: COVID-19 and world of work: Impacts and responses

This note offers the ILO’s preliminary assessment concerning the possible impacts of COVID-19 on the world of work and proposes a range of policy options to mitigate these impacts and facilitate strong and fast recovery DOWNLOAD THE PDF or Read online Share/PartagezFacebookTwitterPrintemail

IAM Canada Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As of March 2nd, more than 89,000 people in nearly 60 countries have reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. More than 3,000 people have died as a result. By all accounts, this is serious, and we should all take care of ourselves – and others. During these times, those who cannot go to work, or are forced to stay at home, are in real danger of losing

International Women’s Day – I am Generation Equality

On March 8, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day, a day to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also calls for all of us to take action to address the unresolved issue of gender parity. Women are playing an ever-increasing and meaningful role in our Union at all levels. The IAM is stronger when all united voices are at the bargaining table. But

February is Black History Month

It is the month in which we bear witness to the progress, richness and diversity of African-Canadian achievement. During the 1920’s an African American named Carter G. Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week. This period in February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976 the month-long celebration was implemented, and is a time for us all to reflect on both the history

Family Status Discrimination: Supreme Court of Canada Decision Upholds a Rigorous Test

Ivana Saula, Research Director for Canada Family status as a prohibited ground of discrimination is fairly new in the area of human rights law. It is understood to refer to parental or family obligations, which includes looking after a child or elderly care. The definition of the protected right is consistent across jurisdictions, however, the scope and application is not as well defined. Recent changes to the Canada Labour Code,

Solidarity works: jailed union leader freed in Kazakhstan

The ITUC welcomes the release of Erlan Baltabay, leader of the Independent Oil and Energy Workers’ Union by special decree of the new President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In July this year Erlan Baltabay was sentenced to 7 years in prison under forged charges that the international labour movement condemned as being politically motivated. The criminal case against Baltabay was initiated in response to his active trade union activities and principled

A feature article on Local Lodge 1751 member Henry J. Langdon: An RCAF, industry and union pioneer

Local Lodge 1751 member Henry J. Langdon “Henry Langdon, recording secretary and secretary of workers education committee, speaks to members of Local Lodge 1751 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in 1968 in Montreal, QC. IAMAW Photo” “February is Black History Month. This Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) article examines the challenges that several Black Canadians conquered to become members of the RCAF, their contributions to the

Women’s March 2019 – find one near you and join in!

Toronto, ON – On Saturday January 19, 2019, activists around the world will march on behalf of women and IAM Grand Lodge Representative for Women’s Issues – Heather Kelley is encouraging IAM members to join in. “We are asking our members to find a March close to them and join in to continue to commit to advancing our Sister’s Rights,” explained Kelley. “We’re marching to end violence against women, we’re

Time to mobilize for the Women’s March January 19th

Toronto, ON – Women’s March activists around the globe are mobilizing on January 19th to defend the rights of women and their democracy. People will gather in cities around the world for the annual Woman’s March to demonstrate our solidarity and push for social justice for the most marginalized and oppressed among us. “The theme for 2019 Women’s Marches around the world is ‘Ending Violence against Women’,” said Heather Kelley

Make a stand to end modern slavery

25 million people in forced labour. $150 billion in illegal profits. Support the international treaty to help end modern slavery for good. Join 36,031 people who want to help end modern slavery I support ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labour SIGN UP WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY The International Labour Organization’s Protocol on Forced Labour could restore hope and freedom to millions of people trapped in modern slavery. But