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Gender equality at the heart of ILO decent work campaign

Gender equality at the heart of ILO decent work campaign

Feb 12, 2009

The year 2009 is significant in many ways for the International Labour Organization (ILO). It is the 90th anniversary of the founding of the ILO, the 10th anniversary of its gender equality action plan and the year the International Labour Conference (ILC) will hold a general discussion on “Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work”. In the lead-up to this discussion, the ILO is launching a global campaign on gender equality and the world of work.

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Finnish trade unions talk with Nokia on Mexican conflict

Feb 12, 2009

Today, in a special session, trade unions representing Nokia workers in Finland meet with Nokia managers to discuss the ongoing labour rights dispute between Nokia and workers of its Mexican plant in Reynosa. Mexican labour rights organisation Cereal is keeping a close track of the developments.

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Mexico violates ILO Convention 87, says new complaint

Mexico violates ILO Convention 87, says new complaint

Feb 12, 2009

The International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) has lodged an unprecedented complaint against the Mexican Government to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Switzerland. Submitted by IMF President Jürgen Peters, the complaint calls on the ILO to condemn Mexican laws which prevent freedom of association and contravene ILO Convention 87, which guarantees core labour standards to all workers. Under Mexican law the vast majority of collective agreements are so-called "protection contracts" which force workers to join unions nominated by company management rather than one of their own choosing. In practice, the laws mean only unions that have the support of companies and government can operate in Mexico.

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Six Philippines labour rights activists released - others still fear arrest

Feb 06, 2009

On February 5, the case against six Philippines labour organiser has been ordered quashed by the Regional Trial Court (4th Judicial Region) Oriental Mindoro Branch. The six were immediately released from the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Jail. This ruling does, however, not cover the entire group of labour activist that was accused of murder and attempted murder in October 2008.

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Indonesian company manager send to jail for union busting

Feb 06, 2009

The Indonesian trade union FSPMI has succeeded in getting a 1 ½ year prison sentence proclaimed against the local General Manager of PT King Jim Indonesia (KJI). KJI is a consolidated subsidiary of the Japanese company King Jim Co. Ltd., headed by Mr. Akira Miyamoto. The Japanese firm is specialised in office products, including electronic stationary. KJI General manager Mr. Fathoni Prawata was found guilty of violating ILO Convention 98 and Indonesian Labour Law No. 21. Or, in the words of FSPMI, union busting.

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