Posts Tagged 'freedom of association'

Freedom of Association: ILO Committee reports on the most serious and urgent cases

Five “serious and urgent” violations of Freedom of association emerged from the last meeting of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association, which analysed over 30 cases last week, in Geneva. The worst situations refer to Cambodia, Panama, Fiji, Argentina and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The Committee’s 358th full report has just been published by the ILS Department.
Also read: “ILO Governing body concludes discussions on Freedom of Association” Continue reading ‘Freedom of Association: ILO Committee reports on the most serious and urgent cases’

Egypt: Sacked workers stage protest outside rights council headquarters

Around 50 workers and their families, along with labor activists and lawyers, congregated outside the headquarters of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and the National Council for Women (NCW) on Sunday to protest “arbitrary and punitive lay-offs” and demand reinstatement.  These workers called on officials to apply pressure on the Egyptian state to implement ILO Conventions No. 87 and 98, regarding “Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize” and the “Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining” respectively. Continue reading ‘Egypt: Sacked workers stage protest outside rights council headquarters’

Global labour lawyers’ support to Mexican mineworkers’ FOA

In an important international legal move, the International Commission for Labor Rights (ICLR) announces the filing of an amicus curiae or “friend of the court” brief with the Mexican Supreme Court. The potentially precedence setting case involving the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic (the Mineworkers) is currently awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court, and focuses on whether the Labor Secretariat can adversely interpret union constitutions regarding legal recognition of the union’s duly elected leadership. Continue reading ‘Global labour lawyers’ support to Mexican mineworkers’ FOA’

Forced unionization hurts the economy?

Forced unionization is ultimately bad for the economy, according to a recently published Fraser Institute article, written by Richard Vedder, a professor of economics at Ohio University. Vedder summarized his research on the effects of worker-choice laws in the United States. Continue reading ‘Forced unionization hurts the economy?’

UK: The Employment Relations Act

By Charles Barrow*

The blacklisting of trade union members and activists during the recruitment process has an ignoble history in the UK. This practice was particularly widespread in the construction and financial industries during the 1980s and 1990s. Organisations like the Economic League (now defunct) established a database of union and political activists that could be accessed by employers in order to check the trade union affiliations and political opinions of job applicants. Continue reading ‘UK: The Employment Relations Act’

US: European Corporate Hypocrisy

Many European companies that publicly embrace workers’ rights under global labour standards nevertheless undermine workers’ rights in their US operations, Human Rights Watch said in a 128-pages report issued today. The report, “A Strange Case: Violations of Workers’ Freedom of Association in the United States by European Multinational Corporations,” details ways in which some European multinational firms have carried out aggressive campaigns to keep workers in the United States from organizing and bargaining, violating international standards and, often, US labor laws. Continue reading ‘US: European Corporate Hypocrisy’

Bangladesh arrests 21 after rallies

By VIKAS BAJAJ and JULFIKAR ALI MANIK

The police in Bangladesh have arrested three garment industry labor leaders and 18 other people on charges that they organized and participated in violent protests last month. NGOs claim the arrests are a antiunion measure that violates the right to freedom of association (ILO Convention 87). Continue reading ‘Bangladesh arrests 21 after rallies’

Media alert: Freedom of association, the most serious cases in the latest ILO Report

The ILS Department has just published the 357th Report of the Committee on Freedom of association. The most serious and urgent cases examined are those of Iran, Ethiopia, Peru and Congo. And urgent appeals relate to Korea, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Peru, Congo, Portugal, Colombia, Mexico and Iraq. Continue reading ‘Media alert: Freedom of association, the most serious cases in the latest ILO Report’

China, labour unrest and role of unions

An interesting analysis of these days’ wave of labour unrest in China and of the potential role of freedom of association and collective bargaining.

By Anita Chan*

Workers of several factories in Guangdong province have been drawing global attention over the past couple of weeks. First, there were reports of workers jumping to their deaths in a factory of Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer. Around the same time, some 2,000 workers went on a two-week strike at a Honda component manufacturing factory, halting production in four Honda assembly plants.
Continue reading ‘China, labour unrest and role of unions’

Cambodia, ILO calls for murder inquiries

By Cameron Wells

The International Labour Organisation has renewed calls to immediately drop charges against two men accused of killing union leader Chea Vichea and for the Supreme Court to “rapidly review” an appeal from a man convicted of the killing of union leader Ros Sovannareth. In a report released Friday, following a review of Cambodia’s compliance with a convention ensuring workers’ right to form unions without interference from employers or officials, the ILO also urged that the killer of a third unionist, Hy Vuthy, be brought to justice. Continue reading ‘Cambodia, ILO calls for murder inquiries’


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