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Posted Monday to Friday at 17:00 GMT

December 10 to 14, 2018

Wednesday Indigenous peoples and climate change / Teaching how to make a just transition / But first nations peoples must be heard

5 mins


Tuesday Why Michael O'Leary is the ITUC's Worst Boss of 2018 / Transport Workers vow to unionize Ryanair workers

5 mins


Labour announces winner of Worst Boss of the Year / Jeff Bezos? Walmart's CEO? Uber's President
5 mins


The RadioLabour World Report

Friday December 7, 2018

▶ ITUC 4th World Congress ▶ Delegates say:" Change the rules!" ▶ Protection for indigenous peoples ▶ Climate change and a just transition ▶ LabourStart's Report about union events
15'00" mins

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featured programmes

Indigenous peoples
must be heard

Laures Park indigenous people must be listened to as the world attempts a just transition to sustainable, green economies. Comments by New Zealand Indigenous leader, Laures Park.

Duration: 4'53"
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ILO wage report:
Women still 20% behind men

ILO Global Wage Report The ILO has released its 2018-18 Global Wage Report which shows a "Mother Penalty" and a "Father Premium"
Duration: 4'37"

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Garment industry needs
to work with global unions

Jenny Holdcroft Problems for workers in the garment producing industries can only be solved by companies working with unions. Jenny Holdcroft, an Assistant General-Secretary of IndustriALL global union, comments.
Duration: 11'21"
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Israeli unions support
Palestinian construction workers

Avi Edri Unions in Israel have threatened a national strike if safety conditions for Palestinian construction workers in the country are not improved. Comments by Avi Edri, the chairman of Israel's National Transportation Workers’ Union.
Duration: 4'31"
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Global action for hotel workers

Massimo Frattini Hotel workers are fighting for decent work, safety, and protection from sexual harassment. An interview with the IUF's Coordinator of the Hotel, Restuarant and Tourism sectors, Massimo Frattini.
Duration: 6'33"
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Mitsubishi trying to
break union in Thailand

Mitsubishi Thailand After locking out 1,700 employees at its Electric plant in Thailand Mitsubishi humiliated the workers and refused to re-instate 29 workers.
Duration: 14'04"
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Labour unions and
artifical intelligence

Christina Colclough Artificial intelligence is quickly entering our workplaces. An interview with Christina Colclough, the Director of Platform and Agency Workers, Digitalisation and Trade at UNI Global Union.
Duration: 18'48"
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Flilipino domestic workers
deserve decent work

Julius Cainglet Millions of domestic workers from the Philippines work around the world. They deserve decent wages and working conditions. An interview with Julius Cainglet, vice-president of the Federation of Free Workers of the Philippines.
Duration: 10'52"
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The world needs
more qualified teachers

David Edwards As the world faces ever increasing complex problems it needs more qualified teachers says the General-Secretary of Education International, David Edwards.
Duration: 5'35"
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COSATU's first woman
president says: Unite!

Zingiswa Losi
COSATU's first woman president, Zingiswa Losi, calls for worker unity towards socialism.

Duration: 5'54"
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World faces shortage
of qualified teachers

Education International An Education International report shows poor wages and working conditions for teachers and a worldwide shortage of qualified teachers. An interview with EI Research coordinator, Martin Henry.
Duration: 13'15"
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Thousands of people of colour
in the UK face deportation

Zita Holbourne Thousands of people in the UK who were invited from the Caribbean and other regions to help with post-War reconstruction are in danger of being deported. An interview with Zita Holbourne, the chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC UK).
Duration: 10'57"
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Gender pay equity by 2030

EPIC The Equal Pay Coalition (EPIC) is a group of unions, governments, NGOs and companies which is trying to win gender pay equity by 2030.
Duration: 4'55"
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British Trades Union Congress
wants final vote on Brexit

Frances O'Grady The General Secretary of the British Trades Union Congress, Frances O'Grady, has called on the UK government to allow a parliamentary or referendum vote if the final Brexit deal is bad for workers.
Duration: 4'52"
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Labour tells G20
to focus on decent work

Pierre Habbard At a meeting with the G20 employment ministers the L20 labour group told them to create sustainable, decent, work. An interview with the General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee of the OEDC, Pierre Habbard
Duration: 7'39"
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Migrant workers in Qatar
can now leave employer

Qatari migrant workers In a major blow against the "kafala" system migrant workers in Qatar will be allowed to leave the country without getting permission from their employer.
Duration: 4'37"
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Lula's Brazilan Presidency bid stopped by court

Lula A Brazilan court has ruled that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cannot run for president from his jail cell. An interview with ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.
Duration: 8'03"
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New World Bank rules
for decent work and unions

Leo Baunach The World Bank has created a new set of rules for borrowers which promote decent work and labour unions. An interview with the Research Officer of the ITUC/Global Unions Washington Office, Leo Baunach.
Duration: 8'49"

US Supreme Court attacks
public employee unions

Janus The US Supreme Court has hit public employee unions a major blow with the cancellation of fees unions can charge work-place non-union members for negotiation expenses.

Duration: 4'41"

Zimbabwe unions want
improved labour laws

Vimbai Zinyama Zimbabwe is militarizing and growing even more anti-union. An interview with Vimbai Zinyama, External Relations Officer for the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.

Duration: 7'54"

Iraq refusing to
apply new labour law

Korea Goda The Iraqi Ministry of Labour is refusing to implment a Parliament-adopted new labour law. An interview with Korea Goda, a representative of the General Federation of Iraqi Trade Unions.

Duration: 6'40"

Workers in Grenada need
long-term, decent, jobs

Andre Lewis Grenada needs more employment opportunities and protection from the effects of climate change. An interview with the President General of the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union, Andre Lewis.

Duration: 6'24"

The world deserves
decent public services

Pavanelli Well-funded, quality public services are in jeopardy. An interview with the General Secretary of Public Services International, Rosa Pavanelli.

Duration: 4'50"

ILO Convention on harassment and violence at work needed

Chidi King Unions lobby for global law on harassment and violence in the workplace. An interview with the Director of the ITUC's Equality Department, Chidi King.

Duration: 5'52"

Steelworkers fight US tariffs
on EU, Canada and Mexico

Ken Neumann Unions are fighting tariffs imposed by the US. An interview with Ken Neumann, National Director for Canada for the United Steelworkers union - the USW.

Duration: 11'15"

Unions bring unprecedented court action against
EU Commission

Goudriaan The EU Commission is refusing to bring forward to the European Council of member states a social dialogue agreement made by the unions and employers. An interview with the General Secretary of the European Public Service Union, Jan Willem Goudriaan.

Duration: 5'34"

A new fire and building
agreement in Bangladesh

Clausen The original 2013 fire and safety accord in Bangladesh is being transitioned to a new agreement in May 2018. An interview with IndustriALL's Christina Hajagos-Clausen
Duration: 4'32"

Tripartite cooperation
in Singapore

Tay How unions, employers and governments cooperate on the economy in Singapore. An interview with Patrick Tay, Executive Secretary of the Singapore Manual and Mercantile Workers' Union.
Duration: 4'41"

Global unions say: Free Lula!

Lula The global unions have condemned the imprisonment of the former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. They have called for Lula to be freed.
Duration: 4'46"

Education is more
than just testing

David Edwards The global union Education International is fighting privatized and test-based education. An interview with EI General Secretary David Edwards.
Duration: 4'46"

Trade in Services Agreement

Jane Kelsey A huge trade deal called TiSA is being negotiated by governments and corporations in secret. An interview with Dr. Jane Kelsey author of an IUF report about TiSA.
Duration: 13'22"

Unions at Alternative
World Water Forum

World Water Forum Stopping the corporations from stealing the world's water systems. An interview with PSI Deputy General Secretary David Boys.

Duration: 8'32"

Confronting new technologies
in the workplace

Philip Jennings The ILO Organization has establised a Global Commission on the Future of Work. The unionist on the Commission is Philip Jennings, former General Secretary of UNI global union.

Duration: 4'46"

Fighting sexual harassment
in workplaces and unions

Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment in workplaces and unions must end. The AFL-CIO's anti-harassment programme for US labour.

Duration: 4'39"

US Supreme Court case
to defund unions

Fqair Share The US Supreme Court is considering a case which could severely defund public employee and teacher unions

Duration: 7'20"

Automation may hit
transportation hardest

Automation The International Transport Workers Federation is not fighting automation. It's fighting poverty-level wages.

Duration: 4'16"

Fighting for profit
schools in Africa

Bridge International The Ugandan government ordered the for-profit education corporation Bridge International Academies to close its schools in the country. Bridge refused.

Duration: 4'56"

UK's National Health System
in severe underfunding crisis

Mark Serwotka
The NHS in the UK is severely underfunded so unions have called for a massive demo on February 3, 2018. A RadioLabour interview with Mark Serwotka, the General Secretary of PCS - the Public and Commercial Services union.

Duration: 5'08"

Education International's
25th anniversary

EI-25th The world's largest global union, Education International, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. A RadioLabour interview with EI's founding General-Secretary, Fred VanLeeuwen.

Duration: 6'29"

World's largest cement company reneges on global agreement

LafargeHolcim In 2017 LafargeHolcim agreed to sign a global agreement to respect workers' rights. But in 2018 it refused to sign the agreement with IndustriALL and the Building and Woodworkers International.
Duration: 3'15"

Billions being stolen
from Africa

Odigie Billions are being stolen from African economies. A RadioLabour interview with Joel Akhator Odigie, the Coordinator of Human and Trade Union Rights of ITUC-Africa.
Duration: 9'07"

How to fight for
human rights in corporations

Hoffman More needs to be done to ensure respect for human rights in corporations. A RadioLabour report featuring the Deputy General-Secretary of UNI global union, Christy Hoffman.
Duration: 4'43"

Solidarity with Palestinians

Palestine November 29 is the International Day to Support the Palestinian People. Many unions conducted solidarity events
Duration: 5'00"

Stop violence against women

Violence Against Women The labour movement is participating in a global campaign to eliminate violence against women.
Duration: 4'29"

Santander fights unionization
in the US but not UK

Santander While the financial giant Santander works well with unions in the UK it is viciously fighting the unionization of its workers in the US.
Duration: 4'36"

Organizing unions part of new Bangladesh Accord proposal

Hoffman Labour is proposing that the right to organize unions be part of a renewed Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Safety. A RadioLabour interview with UNI Deputy General Secretary, Christy Hoffman.
Duration: 4'36"

Stopping illicit financial
flows out of Africa

Caroline Khamati Mugalla Labour unions are fighting illicit financial flows which steal billions from African economies. A RadioLabour interview with Caroline Khamati Mugalla, the Executive Secretary of the East Africa Trade Union Confederation
Duration: 7'28"

Millions of migrants enslaved

Eni Lestari The International Migrants' Alliance is trying to help the world's 230 million migrant workers. A presentation by Alliance chairperson Eni Lestari.
Duration: 9'46"

Empowering black workers
in the United Kingdom

Zita Holbourne Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts (Barac)is fighting the effects of austerity on people of colour in the UK. A presentation by Zita Holbourne, a VP of the Public and Commercial Services Union and a co-founder of Barac
Duration: 4'43"

Driverless trucks and job loss

Mac Urata The advent of autonomous trucks will result in million of job losses. An interview with Mac Urata of the International Transport Workers Federation.
Duration: 5'00"

New Fire and Safety
Accord in Bangladesh

Jenny Holdcroft A re-newed Fire and Safety Accord will come into effect in Bangladesh in 2018. It will cover more than 1,000 factories. An interview with Jenny Holdcroft, Assistant General Secretary IndustriALL
Duration: 5'00"

Young people in Caribbean
need decent work

Dionne Howard The 2017 ILO conference was told that young people in the Caribbean need decent jobs by Dionne Howard, an Industrial Relations Officer with the Barbados Workers' Union.
Duration: 6'22"

European public employees
need a pay rise

Jan Willem Goudriaan The European Public Service Union is demanding pay rises for public service workers. A RadioLabour interview with Jan Willem Goudriaan, EPSU's General-Secretary.
Duration: 4'59"

World Public Service Day

Rosa Pavanelli Public Services International wants re-investment in quality public services. A RadioLabour interview with Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary.
Duration: 6'22"

Respect for workers' rights
and green jobs

Stephen Cotton Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation, told ILO conference delegates workers need green economies and a just transition.
Duration: 4'30"

COTU-Kenya wants a just transition to greener economies

COTU-Kenya At the International Labour Organization's conference in Geneva the president of Kenya's Central Organization of Trade Unions, Francis Atwoli, called for a just transition for workers while countries react to climate change.
Duration: 3'55"

Is suicide increasing
amongst seafarers?

Climate The International Transport Workers Federation, the ITF, has been hearing more about suicides amongst seafarers and so it is embarking on a major study to determine the extent of the problem. A report featuring Kimberly Karlshoej the head of the ITF's Seafarers Trust
Duration: 4:10"

International day against
discrimination of LGBT people

LGBT How LGBT people are discriminated against in the workplace
Duration: 4'43"

VW turns viciously anti-union
in US southern state

VW Before it was caught cheating on emissions Volkswagen supported the right of workers at its Chattanooga, US, plant to unionize with the United Autoworkers (UAW). Now it's turned viciously anti-union.
Duration: 5'21"

Organizing community
union chapters

John Akman Community chapters are key to union growth. A RadioLabour interview with the Director of Organizing at Canada's UNIFOR union, John Aman.
Duration: 5'00"

Community organizing
key to union growth

Sam Huggard Engaging with workers in the community can help unions recruit new members. A RadioLabour report featuring the Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Sam Huggard.
Duration: 6'13"

The digital economy
needs unions

Philip Jennings The future of work and how can it be made fair to workers. A report featuring Philip Jennings, the General Secretary of UNI - the global union for skills and services.
Duration: 5'04"

Health care is
a basic human right

Rosa Pavanelli The global union Public Services International has started a campaign aimed at promoting universal public health coverage for all. A RadioLabour interview with PSI General-Secretary Rosa Pavanelli
Duration: 3'50"

Attacks on union and
democratic rights in Turkey

Kemal Özkan A hundred thousand teachers, public workers and others have been fired in Turkey. Trade unionists are being attacked as terrorists. A RadioLabour interview with Kemal Özkan, Assistant General Secretary of IndustriALL global union.
Duration: 5'00"

Breakthrough agreement
to stop crackdown on
unions in Bangladesh

 Valter Sanches The global unions UNI and IndustriALL have negotiated an agreement with the Bangladeshi government to stop its attacks on unions in the garment sector and release jailed unionists. A RadioLabour interview with Valter Sanches, IndustriALL's General Secretary.
Duration: 4'40"

Trump attacks
fundamental human rights

 Randi Weingarten The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten warns that the policies of US President Donald Trump are attacks on fundamental human rights.
Duration: 6'29"

International support for
fired Yemeni oil workers

Espen Løken The Norway-based company DNO has illegally fired 175 Yemeni workers without pay. A RadioLabour interview with Espen Løken, the head of secretariat of Norway's Industri Energi.
Duration: 4'05"

Landmark ruling against
slavery in the Americas

Sharan Burrow The Inter-American Court on Human Rights has ordered Brazil to compensate 125 workers who were treated as slaves. A RadioLabour report with ITUC General-Secretary, Sharan Burrow.
Duration: 2'51"

US labour vows to
fight mass deportations

Richard Trumka There are 11 million undocumented migrant workers in the United States. US president Donald Trump has called for their deportation. A RadioLabour special report featuring the president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka.
Duration: 4'44"

Chinese companies need to respect worker rights in Africa

Crecentia Mofokeng While Chinese corporations spend billions in Africa unions are demanding respect for worker rights. An interview with the Regional Representative for Africa and Middle East of the Building and Woodworkers International, Crecentia Mofokeng.
Duration: 8'45"
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Mozambique not recognizing
country's public sector union

Mozambique's SNAP The government of Mozambique is stopping a public sector union from forming. An interview with Tichaona Fambisa, Project Coordinator for Southern Africa, Public Services International.

Duration: 7'10"

150th year anniversary
of the world's first
Trades Union Congress

Frances O'Grady 150 years ago workers in the UK formed the British Trades Union Congress to fight for the rights of working men and women. An interview with the General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O'Grady.

Duration: 4'54"

How the labour movement
was weakened by the right-wing

Trumka The president of the AFL-CIO in the United States, Richard Trumka, explains how the labour movement was weakened by attacks from the right wing.

Duration: 4'44"

Care economies could
create millions of jobs

Anna Lee Tuvera Creating care economies would produce millions of jobs for both women and men. A report featuring Anna Lee Tuvera, the ITUC's Gender Specialist for the Asia-Pacific region

Duration: 10'52"

Fighting for women's
rights in Swaziland

Magaula The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland is fighting to have the rights of women in Swaziland respected. An interiew with TUCOSWA representative, Girlie Magagula.
Duration: 4'41"

Climate change hits
smaller countries harder

Toni Moore Climate change is having serious effects on small island states. An interview with Toni Moore, the General Secretary of the Barbados Workers' Union.
Duration: 5'36"

Australian unions
fight domestic violence

Australian leave The Australian labour movement is demanding the government implement domestic violence leave.
Duration: 4'56"

Digital monopolies
threaten democracy

Philp Jennings Digital platforms such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are monopolies with too much power. They should be better regulated says UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings.

Duration: 4'45"

Digitalization of work
done on the backs of millions
in global supply chains

Declaration A RadioLabour interview with Valter Sanches, the General Secretary of the global union IndustriALL

Duration: 5'04"

Decent work is a UN
Sustainable Development Goal

SDGs The UN's 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals - the SDGs - include Decent Work.

Duration: 9'36"

How a union programme helps workers with mental health issues

Beth Farhat The UK's Trades Union Congress has a programme to help workers and employers address mental health issues. A report featuring Beth Farhat, the TUC's Northern Regional Secretary
Duration: 2'11"

Climate change and
the labour movement

Maité Llanos Creating sustainable economies could help build a stronger labour movement. An interview with Maité Llanos, the project co-ordinator of the Global Labour University
Duration: 5'00"

Teacher unions crucial
for building democracy

Haldis Holst Quality education is essential to fostering healthy citizenship. Interview with Haldis Holst, Deputy General Secretary, Education International
Duration: 5'00"

Labour warns against
huge trade agreement

TiSA The International Transport Workers Federation - the ITF - is campaigning to warn workers about the huge Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
Duration: 4'11"

Hundreds of thousand to die because of chrysotile asbestos

  Fred van Leeuwen A UN conference has again refused to list chrysotile asbestos as a dangerous substance. A RadioLabour report featuring Brian Kohler, the Director of health, safety and sustainability for the global union IndustriALL
Duration: 4'38"

Rise of the right-wing
is dangerous

  Fred van Leeuwen Fred van Leeuwen, the General Secretary of Education International, condems the rise of right-wing parties and their effect on education and society.
Duration: 6'29"

All workers have the
right to join a union

Declaration The International Declaration of Human Rights declares that all workers have a right to join a union. A RadioLabour special report featuring Eleanor Roosevelt and the ITUC's General-Secretary, Sharan Burrow
Duration: 5'00"

UN told to investigate murder of Mexican student teachers

Refugees In September 2014 43 young student teachers were murdered in Mexico. Six labour organizations have jointly filed a complaint with the UN’s Human Rights Council. A RadioLabour interview with Louis Malfaro, the President of the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers.
Duration: 6'06"

Pray for the Dead
A Workers' Musical

Refugees Pray for the Dead- A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls and Mutiny, is a new play for and about workers and unions by Gene Bruskin
Duration: 2'47"

Corporation undermines education in developing countries

Refugees Bridge Interational Academies is a for-profit corporation which undermines public education in developing countries. A RadioLabour interview with Angelo Gavrielatos, the Projects Director of Education International.
Duration: 8'53"


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