International News

IAM fact finding tour to France termed successful!

Paris, France – For three days, a Québec IAM delegation met with representatives of French aerospace workers, including those of Airbus, seeking common ground to meet the challenges ahead. The visit to France was considered essential in the wake of Airbus obtaining a majority stake in the Bombardier C-Series program. “We went there looking for possible collaborations between our union and theirs,” explained IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “We came

Bombardier Wins C-Series battle!

Boeing lawsuit grounded by USITC Friday January 26, 2018 For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has ruled in favour of Bombardier in its dispute with Boeing. “I’m floored,” said a jubilant IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “This is the best news we had in a year and I couldn’t be happier for our Québec members,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall.

Recommendations of the IAM regarding the NAFTA Renegotiation

Recommendations of the IAM regarding the NAFTA Renegotiation Preamble In this document, we provide you with four recommendations which can potentially increase the fairness and the balance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and ensure it can create a better environment for all citizens living in North America. Goals of recommendations #1 and #2: • Establish basic labour standards for the entire territory; • Improve the defence of

Airbus-Bombardier and guaranteed jobs until 2041

Tuesday October 17, 2017 For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – “The finest aircraft to be have been developed in the past 30 years is now affiliated with a major global aircraft manufacturer,” said IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. He was reacting to news late yesterday that Bombardier had sold a majority stake in its C-Series passenger jet program to European aerospace giant Airbus for no cost. “A major player

Myanmar: Crisis Must be Resolved Peacefully and According to International Law

15 September 2017 The ITUC has expressed grave concern over the fate of more than 300,000 stateless “Rohingya” people who have fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh in the face of violent clashes between Myanmar security forces and militants. United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein has described the situation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. “For decades, the international community stood with those in Myanmar who opposed

Haiti textile workers denounce violations of ILO conventions

09.08.2017 Workers employed in the free trade export zones in Haiti have denounced violations of ILO Conventions 87 and 98 by Interamerican Wovens and Sewing International SA Workers’ organizations in Haiti, including GOSTTRA, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, have been taking action since May to demand their labour rights. However, employers have taken reprisals in response to worker denunciations of injustices and calls for decent work. GOSTTRA says that Interamerican

Tunisia: comprehensive new law on violence against women

2 August 2017 On July 26, the Tunisian Parliament unanimously adopted a comprehensive law addressing all forms of violence against women, psychological and economic violence as well as physical. The law, the first of its kind in North Africa, mandates treatment for the victims and highlights the fundamental importance of education in support of the principles of human rights and gender equality. With the adoption of this law, Tunisia has

Colombia: Trade Unionists Murdered As Peace Process at Risk

An explosion of violence against trade unionists in Colombia, including the murders of six union representatives since mid-May, is putting the peace and reconstruction process in the country at severe risk. Four trade unionists from the education sector – Washington Cedeno Otero, Johanna Alarcon, Juan Artunduaga and Mauicio Velez, along with two from the agriculture sector, Mario Calle Correa and Alberto Acosta Gonzalez, who was murdered while watching his young

Corporate Greed Takes Hold in Brazil

The decision by Brazil’s corruption-riddled parliament to eliminate a swathe of protections in the country’s labour laws will impoverish millions of people and leave workers completely at the mercy of employers who will have unilateral power to set wages, holiday entitlements, working hours and bonuses. The hugely unpopular changes, forced through Brazil’s Senate on 12 July, will also make it harder for workers to join unions, and will reduce health

Global aerospace industry is at a crossroads

Paris, France – “How do we build union power in the Global Aerospace Industry?” asked IAM International President Bob Martinez, speaking to delegates attending the IndustriALL aerospace conference this week in Paris. He told delegates, including IAM members from Canada and the US that the global aerospace industry is at a crossroads and it must choose between two paths. “The first is a path that views unions as the enemy,”