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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.

Pakistan Supreme Court confirms workers’ rights to form unions and carry out protest action

18 February 2016
Pakistan Supreme Court

Following a ruling by the Pakistan Supreme Court on 8 February 2016, government workers in Pakistan can now form unions and carry out protest actions without fear of punitive action by the government.

In India, 10,000 unionists from TGOU participated in one-day hunger strike

15 February 2016
hunger strike in India

Workers from PSI affiliate Tamilnadu Government Officials Union (TGOU) put together a list of 35 demands to the government; the hunger strike took place in Chennai on the 8th of February.

Guinea: trade unions call for general strike on 15 February

12 February 2016
Map of Africa showing Guinea

The two national unions CNTG and USTG in Guinea have called for a general strike on 15 February following the rupture of tripartite negotiations between the unions, management and government.

Trade Unions’ Joint Representative Body to the Ukrainian Parliament urges Government to adopt legislation in consultation with social partners

09 February 2016
Ukraine flag

The Joint Representative Body of the Representative All-Ukrainian Trade Unions at the National Level held a meeting on 4 February 2016, where they adopted the following statement.

Arrests and detention of trade unionists and human rights activists in Algeria

08 February 2016
Flag of Algeria

On the morning of Saturday 6th February, more than 400 police surrounded Trade Union House in Bab Ezouar, to the East of Algiers and detained trade unionists and human rights activists who had met to prepare a civil society gathering to mobilise against the 2016 Finance Act.

ADEDY and GSEE stage nationwide strike in Greece against pension reform

04 February 2016
ADEDY and GSEE demonstrate

PSI Greek affiliate ADEDY, together with the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) began a 24-hour nationwide strike on 4 February, in protest against the planned overhaul of the pensions system in Greece.

Trade unionists killed and arrested in Turkey

21 January 2016

Sanitation worker Mehmet Kaplan, father of three children and member of PSI affiliate DİSK/Genel-İş Union in Cizre Municipality (Şırnak), was shot dead on 17 January in front of his house while another worker was seriously injured and a further three arrested in separate incidents.