International News

The World Bank needs a roadmap for sustainable recovery

As governments meet to discuss additional funding for the World Bank, trade unions are calling for the institution to promote quality job creation, universal social protection, debt relief and the international labour standards. The International Development Association (IDA) is the arm of the World Bank that provides loans and grants to low-income countries. It is normally replenished every three years, providing an opportunity to improve policies and operations. Due to

Are Digital Passports the key to future air travel?

In March 2021, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its digital passport – an app that will link a traveller’s passport with records of their pre-flight coronavirus tests and vaccinations to help revive air travel. IATA has been working globally with industry trade groups, airlines, governments and the World Health Organization to streamline the tool to ensure it meets the minimum standards set forth by the regulating bodies in

International Transport Workers Federation Civil Aviation Forum a great success!

By Keith Aiken, IAM Canadian Transportation Coordinator The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) held their annual Civil Aviation week November 9 – 13, 2020 that focused on strategy for Relief, Recovery and Reform for an industry that has devastated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s Civil Aviation week was different, as it was held virtually. Each day there were two sessions held to try and accommodate as many participants

COVID-19: How social and economic sectors are responding

The COVID-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on all social and economic sectors. In a series of briefs, the ILO analyses how the pandemic is affecting the functioning of these sectors and how they are responding to alleviate its effects. GENEVA (ILO News) – The COVID-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on workers and employers in all sectors. Workers in essential services such as health and frontline emergency

Standing with human rights defenders in the Philippines – #StopTheAttacks

This Human Rights Day, the international trade union movement is calling attention to the alarming attacks on human and labour rights defenders in the Philippines. The government’s targeting of trade unionists has been ramped up recently with fresh waves of arrests and violence. The international trade union movement is united in calling on the government to stop the attacks. The government is targeting labour activists through a practice known as

Garment workers, suppliers and ACT brands agree on Freedom of Association Guideline

15 November, 2019After eight months of negotiations, factories producing for ACT brands in Myanmar have agreed on a Myanmar Freedom of Association (FoA) Guideline with IndustriALL affiliate Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM). The Myanmar FoA Guideline aims to secure constructive relations between employers and workers. By providing workers a voice and representation, the guideline facilitates cooperation to solve workplace issues. The guideline aims to specify and ensure the practical application of

Freedom Report : Peace, Democracy and Rights in 2019 (ITUC)

Democratic rights and freedoms, wages and social protection remain under attack in the majority of countries around the world, and the conditions for peace and equality are absent. The ITUC’s Global Rights Index depicts a world where democracy itself is at risk as people lose trust in institutions – 54 countries denied or constrained freedom of speech and assembly last year. FULL REPORT https://www.ituc-csi.org/freedom-report-peace-democracy-and

ITUC takes demand for a New Social Contract to the UN General Assembly

The United Nations has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation with a debate on the future of work and how to deliver decent work for all. Addressing the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly, ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow, said,” The challenges of today are as severe as the world saw in 1919. We face historic levels of inequality, a failed model of globalisation, increasing

Balance for real change – It’s everyone’s business #BalanceforBetter

Balance for real change – It’s everyone’s business The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of

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