Growing wave of cities ending privatisation and choosing public water services reaches 100 million people in 37 countries –
book launch in advance of World Water Forum
In the run-up to the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea on April 12, Transnational Institute with four organisations including EPSUi have released new research on the growing wave of cities worldwide that are taking previously privatised water supply and sanitation services back under public control, in a process called remunicipalisation. Прочети още
On April 12, 1961 at 9:07 a.m. Moscow time, ‘Vostok’ carrier rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying Yuri Gagarin onboard. The spaceship ‘Vostok’ made a low-orbit turn around the Earth. The flight lasted for 1 hour 48 minutes but will always remain in history as the first cosmic flight of man. In 1968, the congress of the International Aviation sport Federation resolved to celebrate the day of 12 April as the World Aviation and Aeronautics Day.
FTTUB team would like to congratulate on their holiday all the men and women who work in the aviation industry:
- 98.19% of Lan Express workers voted to strike, rejecting the almost zero wage increase offered by the largest airline in Latin America.
- All areas related to maintenance, ramp and passenger assistance are likely to be affected and cause delays and flight cancellations across the country and international connections.
- Latam Airlines has ongoing labour disputes which affect its operations and also its flights in Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.
In Chile workers voted to strike with record participation and a strong 98.19% vote as a sign of their indignation at what they described as a “shameful” offer by LATAM Airlines. The company’s proposal ignores the status of the workers and takes no responsibility for improving working conditions, instead preferring to keep a significant segment of the workforce below the poverty line. Прочети още
An outcry raised by a coalition of trade unions and civil society groups has led UN Women to disassociate itself from a partnership with ‘ride booking’ app provider Uber just over a week after its announcement. The unions and NGOs had acted speedily to persuade the United Nations organisation to reconsider a strategic partnership with the company that would supposedly create ‘a million’ jobs for women drivers. Прочети още
According to the International Transport Workers Federation, “Over the weekend truck drivers in Kenya working for Agility global integrated logistics were beaten, abducted at gunpoint and forced to drive their trucks to a company workshop. Прочети още
A coalition of concerned organisations, led by global unions including the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation), has formed to express its shock over a ‘strategic partnership’ between UN Women and Uber, the ‘ride booking’ app provider. The coalition took the message to the floor of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW59) today, after Uber used the event to announce a plan to supposedly create a million jobs for women drivers.
Speaking from UNCSW59, Brigitta Paas, ITF vice president, commented: Прочети още
On 9 March the National conference of FTTUB Women’s committee will take place in Sofia. “Women of FTTUB: an active factor in the fight for equality”. The president of FTTUB Ekaterina Yordanova will open the event, and the Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova will be an honorary guest. The event will be attended by union leaders, women activists, representatives of the Confederation of the independent trade unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), guests from the administration of Sofia Municipality, employers.
On 18 February FTTUB will participate in the Global action day under the motto ‘Hands off our right to strike!’, organized by the International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC), International Transport workers’ Federation (ITF), Public Services International (PSI) and other international federations representing workers from various sectors.
ITUC has prepared an in-depth analysis of the legal grounds for the right to strike and the role of ILO, which can be read here. The right to strike has been guaranteed as every worker’s legal right ever since ILO’s Convention 87 was adopted back in 1948. Each state which has ratified an ILO convention is bound to observe its regulatioons. Regardless of this, for the last few years the employers have been questioning and undermining this key worker’s right and its legal foundations; and as of today, according to ITUC’s data, workers in 37 countries have been detained for protests or strike activities. Прочети още
On 2 February 2015, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) published their second annual report on the development of women employment in the rail sector in Europe.
The results show that the average share of women working in the rail is increasing and currently stands at around 20%. The differences between countries remain high, with Lithuania employing the biggest Прочети още
The ETF President and political staff met with Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc who accepted ETF’s request for exchanging views on the current and future European transport policy.
The meeting, organised on 3 February 2015, was an excellent occasion to open a dialogue with the newly appointed Commissioner. Mrs Bulc, in office for less than three months, welcomed ETF’s offer to learn about the priorities European transport unions have identified for this mandate and beyond.
Commissioner Bulc stated: “Involving and consulting all stakeholders will remain one of the European Commission’s corner stones in developing European policy, and that will be no different for transport. I very much welcome ETF’s initiative to exchange views on the dossiers at hand and raise with me the trade unions’ concerns and I look forward to continuing the dialogue.” Прочети още