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UnionAID Funding for Two New Union Projects

Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSE) has been funded to build union membership campaigns around two objectives: awareness and action to end workplace violence and harassment using standards developed by the International Labour Organisation and a Government social security policy which provides support for workers in need such as during pandemics. The …

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Go BIEN: Catchy Campaigns Attract Members

Who would have thought serenading the government with a Christmas carol about pay and conditions for call centre members would be a useful campaigning tool? But this has been just one of the effective strategies thought up by our youthful partners at BIEN in the Philippines. to draw attention to the effects of the pandemic …

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Striking workers continue to thwart Myanmar military

Thanks to our generous donors and supporters, $42,600 in donations have been sent directly to groups in Myanmar through UnionAID’s networks. This supports workers to defy the military and remain on strike. One month’s financial support to sustain 454 workers participating in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) strike action.  This includes nurses, doctors, teachers, clerical …

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14 year old Sharadha holds an English textbook

Promoting education for children of unionists: NZEI project

The child of impoverished parents working as agricultural labourers, 14 year old Sharadha (left) has blossomed at the evening tuition centre in her Puliyankulam.  Previously, Sharadha struggled at school and was hesitant to interact with others. After attending the Tamil Nadu Labour Union tuition centre, she was promoted to eighth standard at her normal school. …

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Yubraj is sitting on the right against a blue background. He is using a laptop while he interviews a Top Glove worker (right)

Small project reaps real benefits for Nepalese workers

Nepalese workers from the Top Glove factory in Malaysia are better off today thanks to UnionAID and our project partner in Nepal, Yubraj Khadka.  After an international campaign forced Top Glove (whose profits rose 1646% due to Covid) to offer compensation to its former migrant workers for exorbitant and illegal recruitment fees, UnionAID partnered with …

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Pregnant workers prioritised for COVID vaccinations

The Thai Ministry of Health has agreed to prioritise pregnant workers for COVID vaccinations thanks to a recent union campaign. The death of a pregnant woman at an aluminium factory, whose baby was delivered by Caesarean section just before she died from Covid, prompted swift and effective action by union members who discussed the situation …

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Tamil Nadu Labour Union

The Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU) in southern India is UnionAID’s longest running partnership.  The TNLU team, led by Manohari Doss, is an umbrella organisation providing training, support for 18 unions and 17 cooperatives that it has developed with support from UnionAID.  Today over 15,000 men and women, from vegetable growers in the high country …

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BPO Industry Employees Network

Over 1.8 million people are employed in the Philippine Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry providing call centre and digital services to some of the biggest multinationals in the world.  Despite earning the Philippines (and multinationals) billions workers in the sector don’t have a single union to protect their rights and ensure decent pay and conditions.  …

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Worker manufacturing rubber gloves at factory

Claims of Modern Slavery Prompt First Project in Nepal

Demand for rubber gloves because of Covid-19 saw profits soar at Top Glove, the world’s largest rubber glove maker. But this drew attention to labour abuses in their Malaysian factories, including forced labour and debt bondage. Campaigners raised these issues in the media and pushed governments to ban Top Glove products. New Zealand has been …

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