Throughout this month, several hundred Turkish union members will face criminal hearings and possibly years in prison. What was their crime? Exercising their right to freedom of association to organize and participate in strikes and demonstrations opposing government policies. Even as it is embattled in a corruption scandal that has caused various senior politicians to […]
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Unfortunately, all too often, governments and the global corporations they support do not respect the rights of workers and unions. Many times they act against workers in violation of their own domestic and international laws. Through our relationship with LabourStart and other global solidarity organizations, the CCU supports the right of workers to participate in and form unions without fear of intimidation, interference or loss of liberty.
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Columbia is widely regarded as the most dangerous country in the world for labour unions and their members. According to the United Nations, over 3,000 trade unionists have been murdered in Columbia since 1986, and at least 11 have been killed in the first six months of 2013 alone. All reports indicate that state authorities […]
Labour unions in Turkey are fighting back against increasingly repressive measures of Prime Minister Erdogan and his authoritarian government. Lives are at risk as there are threats of imprisonment and violence against labour union members and peaceful democracy activists. CCU Vice-President John Hanrahan is calling on everyone to join the LabourStart campaign to stand in […]
Russian trade union leader Valentin Urusov was released from imprisonment on March 15, 2013. The Confederation of Canadian unions is proud to be among the many union federations that pressured the Russian government to investigate the allegations that Mr. Urusov’s detainment was motivated by the desire of the Russian authorities to stop his legitimate union […]
By John Hanrahan LabourStart, the union movement’s premier international news and campaigning service, held its annual global solidarity conference on November 18 – 20 in Istanbul, Turkey. Titled From Global Networks to Global Revolution, the conference looked at the important role the internet and social media are playing in workers’ struggles and democratic revolutions around […]
John Hanrahan Reports from Istanbul, Turkey CCU Vice President John Hanrahan participated in LabourStart’s second annual global solidarity conference. On the agenda were issues including social networking, online campaigning, labour law reform and others that focused on specific countries. The opening business of the conference was for delegates to stand in solidarity at the picket […]