International News

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

France’s Vinci takes controlling interest of UK’s Gatwick airport

London, UK – The IAM will be watching airport privatization developments closely at London’s Gatwick airport following the announcement that France’s Vinci (SGEF.PA) has purchased 50.1 per cent on the UK’s second busiest airport. “The IAM has been steadfastly opposed to airport privatization in Canada and our position has not changed,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President. “We will be watching developments at Gatwick very closely.” Last spring, an anti-airport

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

Absolute solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers in Oshawa

Toronto, ON – “This is devastating news for a community that relies upon these good middle-class jobs to support their families,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President regarding the announcement by GM, Canada that it would close its Oshawa assembly plant. Media reports began circulating over the weekend that GM would be closing its Oshawa assembly lines which builds Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac models. The closure at the end of

ITUC Global Rights Index 2018: Democratic space shrinks and unchecked corporate greed on the rise

Shrinking democratic space for working people and unchecked corporate greed are on the rise according to the annual ITUC Global Rights Index. The number of countries with arbitrary arrests and detention of workers increased from 44 in 2017 to 59 in 2018, and freedom of speech was constrained in 54 countries. 07-06-2018 Human and trade union rights  Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights “Democracy is under attack in

CSALP bargaining begins!

Montréal, QC – The IAM opened its first round of bargaining with CSALP- C-series Airbus Limited Partnership this week. “I’m encouraged by the goals the employer placed before us in our first meeting,” explained IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “They know they have a fine product in the A220-100/300 and they want to increase their rate of production which is good news for our members.” To date, 407 aircraft of

A sad day for Canadian Aerospace

Bombardier announces 2,500 layoffs in Québec Montréal, QC – “This comes as a complete shock and surprise to the IAM, we had no prior knowledge of this action,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall regarding Bombardier announcement today of 5,000 layoffs worldwide including 2,500 in Québec. “The biggest frustration is that once again Bombardier has announced major cuts just before Christmas with very few details,” explained IAM Québec

International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) 2018 Congress Summary

IAM Canada was a part of a vigorous delegation that participated in the 2018 ITF Congress.  What follows is a summary of the main work programs that were approved by the delegates in attendance for the next 5 years. The 2400 delegates in attendance at this ITF Congress voted to support a new strategy program and have set priorities for the Civil Aviation section of the ITF which covers workers

Achieving gender equality in male dominated sectors

19.10.2018 On 16-17 October, IndustriALL affiliates from across the world met in Cape Town, South Africa, to develop strategies for achieving gender equality in the mining, base metals, materials and energy sectors. These sectors, which often provide skilled, well-paid and prestigious work, are dominated by men. Women working in these sectors tend to do the most menial and precarious work, with the lowest wages and status, and are often not

IAM Canada delegates active at ITF Singapore Congress

Singapore – The largest ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) Congress is underway in Singapore this week and the IAM is among the participants from 600 unions representing more than 19 million members from 140 countries. This congress is the biggest to date with over 2,000 participants. The civil aviation conference at the ITF congress talked about the global aviation industry with an affiliate-led outlook. “The conference opened with a research