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Union news round up

Your daily round up of trade union news from around the world.

Our trade union video of the day is from Warehouse Workers United, and the struggle that workers in Chino, California have undertaken to improve safety conditions.

French unions have warned President Francois Hollande of tens of thousands of impending job cuts at a number of large companies, including Peugeot, Citroën and General Motors. The CGT confederation warned Hollande that he needed to keep his electoral promise to save jobs.

In the UK, the RMT union has won an agreement with London Underground over service during the Olympic period. The Olympics will see an additional three million journeys a day, increasing the work load and pressure on transport workers, who will receive bonuses of up to £1,000. Also in the UK, the dispute over a suspended Unite health and safety rep at Ratcliffe on Soar power station in on going, with 800 workers joining a walk out in solidarity

The Estonian Confederation of Trade Unions welcomed its newest affiliate when the journalists’ union EAL.joined the confederation, bringing reporting and the creative industries under the union banner.

In the Southern African country of Swaziland – an absolute monarchy with a long standing democracy campaign – transport workers have embarked on an 11 day strike, despite the minister of labour ruling that it was illegal.

In Guatemala, the ITUC joined local unions to protest against the unfair dismissal of 200 municipal workers, while in Honduras, teachers went on strike for back pay.

In Sri Lanka, the private sector Inter Company Employees’ Union lodged a complaint of bribery and corruption after the Employees Provident Fund lost billions of rupees on the stock exchange.

In New Haven, Connecticut, USA – home of the prestigious Yale University – members of UniteHere Local 227 have won recognition from Omni Hotel. The workers are covered by a collective agreement for the first time, and say that industrial relations with the company have improved through the bargaining process. The agreement significantly raises wages and has human rights provisions protecting migrant and other vulnerable workers. Congratulations!

Also in the US, Mixed Marshal Arts fighters have begun to organise themselves against unscrupulous casinos and fight organisers, starting a Fighters’ Association in the first step towards unionising. They have been supported by Culinary Workers Local 226 who organise many of the fight venues.

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