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Trade union rights news

All work has dignity, and all workers deserve to be treated with respect by their employers. Trade unions play a decisive role in improving working conditions, safety and wages – yet some governments and employers systematically abuse the right of workers to join existing unions or form new ones. PSI works actively to support the right of workers to free collective bargaining, and to help stop abuses when they occur.

The All-Ukrainian Protest March will be held in Kiev

05 July 2016
Flag of Ukraine

The All-Ukrainian Protest March, a joint protest of trade unions representing 8 million workers in Ukraine, will be held at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in Kiev, on 6 July 2016, at 10:00 am.

Algeria: national strike declared by the federation of municipal workers

05 July 2016

The Federation of Municipal Workers, member of the National Autonomous Union of Public Administration Personnel (SNAPAP) and the Autonomous General Confederation of Workers in Algeria (CGATA), is on strike since 27 June. So far the participation rate is estimated to 65 to 70% of the workforce.

KCTU President sentenced to 5 years

04 July 2016
Seoul, Korea - court

On 4 July in Seoul, the court sentenced Mr Han, Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), to imprisonment for a term of 5 years and an additional fine of 500,000 KRW (392 EUR).

Urgent action: solidarity with Vice President of KPTU in Korea

01 July 2016
Cho Sung-deok

PSI calls all its affiliates to support the Korean Public Services and Transportation Workers Union (KPTU) Vice President, Cho Sung-deok, who is facing trial in Korea and for whom the prosecutor’s office requested a prison sentence of 5 years.

Trade union leader killed in Guatemala

30 June 2016
Brenda Marleni Estrada

Brenda Marleni Estrada, trade union leader from Unsitragua Histórica, was killed in Guatemala City on Sunday June 19, after receiving five shots by unknown individuals. Brenda served for several years as part of the team of advisers and also occupied the sub-coordination of the Legal Council Commission in her union.

AFT urges Mexican government to end violence against teachers in Oaxaca

28 June 2016
Photo: Democracy Now

The American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has made the following statement after police violence against a teachers' protest in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Korean unionists protest against government plans for performance-related pay and dismissals

23 June 2016

On June 18, PSI affiliates (KPTU, FKPIU, KHMU) and other public and financial unions held a national rally protesting the government's unilateral imposition of a performance-related salary and dismissal system on the public institutions.