Archive for the ‘Labour Disputes’ Category

ITF corrects Paraguayan media report errors

ITF corrects Paraguayan media report errors
The ITF HQ’s in London 19 November 2013 – ITF Americas regional secretary Antonio Fritz has spoken out to correct a number of erroneous and unchecked reports in the Paraguayan media. These attack the ITF-affiliated SOMUPA (Sindicato Obreros Maritimos Unidos del Paraguay) union. Antonio Fritz...
November 19th, 2013 | HR, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

Campaigning forces European Commission to extend maritime employment rights

Campaigning forces European Commission to extend maritime employment rights
Bob Crow Campaigning by RMT, sister maritime unions and the ETF has forced the European Commission to extend maritime employment rights in a number of key areas, although the union is calling for faster action to ensure that all seafarers secure equal employment rights with other groups of workers across...
November 19th, 2013 | Associations, European Union, HR, ITF, Labour Disputes, Organisations, Politics and Government | Read More

ITF on Risavika: dockers’ work is dockers’ work!

The ITF HQ’s in London 15 November 2013 – The ITF is categorically restating its position that cargo handling is dockers’ work, and its unflinching support for the dockers of Risavika, who are battling the reported refusal of management to sign up to the national Norwegian agreement covering...
November 15th, 2013 | ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

ITF calls on South Korean government to release railway workers

ITF calls on South Korean government to release railway workers
KRWU November 2013 – The ITF last week wrote to the South Korean government to call for the release of three railway workers who have been detained pending trial following a rail collision in Daegu, South Korea, in August this year. According to the Korea Railway Workers’ Union (KRWU), additional...
November 12th, 2013 | ITF, Labour Disputes, Rail | Read More

Trade unions must act now on climate change

Trade unions must act now on climate change
Climate change protesters in Costa Rico Photo: Emilia Tjernströmlimate London November 2013 – Twenty activists from 14 countries came together in Johannesburg last week to determine the next steps in the fight against climate change. Participants at the meeting, which ran from 31 October to 1...
November 12th, 2013 | Climate, ITF, Labour Disputes, Oceanology, Politics and Government, Pollution | Read More

RMT members reject harmonisation on P&O Dover short sea service

RMT members reject harmonisation on P&O Dover short sea service
Bob Crow An overwhelming 77% of RMT seafaring members employed by P&O Ferries in Dover have rejected P&O’s proposals to introduce new salary scales for new entrants on Terms & Conditions harmonised with other sectors of the business. After several months of negotiation the employer and...
November 7th, 2013 | Associations, Labour Disputes, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore | Read More

International fact-finding mission to probe IKEA’s behaviour in Canada

International fact-finding mission to probe IKEA’s behaviour in Canada
The ITF HQ’s in London 6 November 2013 – An international fact-finding team has arrived in Canada to examine an ongoing dispute at Swedish retail giant IKEA’s Richmond, British Columbia, store. The team is tasked with investigating the situation at the store, where 350 workers have been...
November 6th, 2013 | Consumers Market, HR, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

ITF backs Norwegian dockers

ITF backs Norwegian dockers
The ITF HQ’s in London 1 November 2013 – The ITF has spoken out in support of dockworkers in Norway who have begun a boycott at Risavika terminal today (Friday1 November 2013). The action is over the reported refusal of management to sign up to the national Norwegian agreement covering dockworkers. Instead...
November 1st, 2013 | ITF, Labour Disputes, Ports & Terminals | Read More

Kenyan activists share experiences to build strength

Kenyan activists share experiences to build strength
31 October 2013* – Global delivery campaign activists at a seminar in Kenya committed to work together to coordinate union activities and organising, strengthening workers’ voices in the country. Organisers, industrial officers, shop-stewards and members of the ITF-affiliated Transport and Allied...
November 1st, 2013 | HR, ITF, Jobs, Labour Disputes, Politics and Government | Read More

Canada makes its third MLC detention

Canada makes its third MLC detention
The ITF HQ’s in London 25 October 2013* – The Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Kouyou was detained yesterday in the port of Quebec, Canada, after maritime labour officials determined that crew were owed more than USD51, 000 in backpay. It is the third detention in Canada of a vessel under...
October 26th, 2013 | HR, ILO, ITF, Labour Disputes, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Shipmanagement | Read More

Qatar Airways inclusion ‘disgraces oneworld alliance’

Qatar Airways inclusion ‘disgraces oneworld alliance’
The ITF HQ’s in London Qatar Airways’ imminent membership of world aviation grouping the oneworld alliance – which includes global giants such as British Airways and American Airlines – was today branded “a disgrace” by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation). The global...
October 25th, 2013 | Airline Industry, Aviation, ITF, Labour Disputes, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore | Read More

ITF speaks out in support of Grangemouth refinery workers

ITF speaks out in support of Grangemouth refinery workers
The ITF HQ’s in London 23 October 2013 – The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has described as outrageous the decision to close the Grangemouth petrochemical facility with the probable loss of over 700 jobs. The ITF stands ready to offer all lawful support to ensure Unite...
October 23rd, 2013 | Energy, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

European dockers’ unions in solidarity over Rotterdam dispute

European dockers’ unions in solidarity over Rotterdam dispute
21 October 2013 – European dockers’ unions have pledged their support for workers in the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, who face an ongoing dispute with management over negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). During a meeting in Antwerp last week, unions affiliated to the...
October 21st, 2013 | ITF, Labour Disputes, Ports & Terminals, Strikes | Read More

Urban transport workers battle privatisation

Urban transport workers battle privatisation
Eighty trade union leaders representing urban transport workers from twenty seven countries met last week in Tokyo for the ITF’s first urban transport committee meeting in the Asia/Pacific region. They vowed to develop transport policy, tackle the anti-union behaviour of global multinationals, oppose...
October 11th, 2013 | HR, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

ITF and ETF back Sofia airport workers

ITF and ETF back Sofia airport workers
The ITF HQ’s in London The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and the ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) today pledged their support for workers at Sofia airport. The two organisations are sounding the alarm after receiving information allegETFing that the management...
October 11th, 2013 | Aviation, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

ITF backs Colombian ‘zero extra work’ action

ITF backs Colombian ‘zero extra work’ action
ACDAC members in discussion 27 September 2013 – The ITF last week backed its affiliate the Asociación Colombiana de Aviadores Civiles (ACDAC) in its ongoing fight with aviation company Avianca for fair wages. The union began ‘zero extra work’ action– not working beyond the terms outlined...
September 27th, 2013 | Aviation, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

IMO Symposium debates a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System

IMO Symposium debates a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System
An IMO symposium on a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System, held on world Maritime Day (26 September 2013), provided an opportunity for a discussion on a global agenda for a sustainable maritime transportation system.   The symposium reflected the world Maritime Day theme: “Sustainable Development:...
September 27th, 2013 | Academia, Anniversaries, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Corporate Social Responsibility, Energy, Environment, HR, Immigration, Labour Disputes, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Maritime Education and Training, Shipfinance | Read More

The struggle for container weight safety continues following ‘missed opportunity’

The struggle for container weight safety continues following ‘missed opportunity’
Misdeclaration of container weights can put workers at risk 25 September 2013 – The ITF has pledged to continue the struggle for mandatory weighing of containers. It follows a decision at the IMO (International Maritime Organization) this week not to adopt legislation which would have brought...
September 25th, 2013 | Container shipping, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

International delegation takes protest direct to Swiss HQ

International delegation takes protest direct to Swiss HQ
The ITF HQ’s in London 25 September 2013 – A high level trade union delegation from several countries will gather in the small Swiss town of Châtel-St-Denis tomorrow, 26 September, in order to question the behaviour of a global company headquartered there. They are visiting Switzerland...
September 25th, 2013 | ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

ITF lobbies for ICAO action on Qatar/UAE rights abuses

ITF lobbies for ICAO action on Qatar/UAE rights abuses
The ITF HQ’s in London The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) will push ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organization) in Canada today for action on flagrant abuses of aviation workers’ labour rights by airlines based in Qatar and the UAE. The ITF will be at ICAO’s 38th General...
September 24th, 2013 | Associations, Aviation, HR, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

ITF urges action over container weights

ITF urges action over container weights
The ITF HQ’s in London 16 September 2013 – The ITF is calling on governments and industry bodies to back a proposed amendment that will tackle the dangers posed by unweighed or mis-declared shipping containers. The amendment – to the existing Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) –...
September 16th, 2013 | ILO, ITF, Labour Disputes, Politics and Government | Read More

Victory for former Ryanair worker in Norwegian court

Victory for former Ryanair worker in Norwegian court
Ryanair plane – Photo: Arpingstone A former Ryanair cabin crew member won a legal victory against the low-fare airline in a Norwegian court on Wednesday, 21 August. The case, backed by ITF affiliate Parat, sought to decide in which country Allesandra Cocca could take Ryanair to court. Cocca, who...
September 4th, 2013 | Aviation, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

ITF backs strong position of Argentinian affiliates

ITF backs strong position of Argentinian affiliates
a PIA plane 3 September 2013 – The ITF this week lent its strong support to members in Argentina for their unwavering position in defending workers’ interests. The statement from the ITF Americas office commended unions within the Argentina Federation of Aeronautical Personnel (FAPA) for staying...
September 3rd, 2013 | Aviation, Labour Disputes | Read More

PALEA prosecutor arrested – union press for suspension

PALEA prosecutor arrested – union press for suspension
Protest by the Philippine union PALEA 13 August 2013 – ITF affiliate Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) called for the government to immediately suspend assistant state prosecutor Diosdado Solidum following his arrest for extortion last Thursday, 10th August. PALEA also demanded...
August 13th, 2013 | Airline Industry, Aviation, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

Better pay for Swazi transport operators in union wage victory

Better pay for Swazi transport operators in union wage victory
STAWU workers 12 August 2013 – ITF affiliate the Swaziland Transport and Allied Workers Union (STAWU) celebrated a victory for road transport workers last week. STAWU recorded a 34% wage increase for trucking operators, and a 24.5% increase for road passenger operators. The settlement was part...
August 12th, 2013 | ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More