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  • Title: Fighting back and making history in Wisconsin
    Descriptive info: Published on.. (.. ).. Blogs.. Soren s blog.. Printer-friendly.. Fighting back and making history in Wisconsin.. Working families in Wisconsin have stood up and said "no more" to the politicians playing partisan games with their lives.. Nurses, teachers, firefighters, cops, and public and private sector workers are fed up with paying the price for Wall Street excess, the greed of corporate CEOs, and the dangerous agenda of the politicians who answer to them.. video.. , produced by AFSCME, is their story.. Source URL:.. org/news/fighting-back-and-making-history-wisconsin..

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  • Title: USA Nurses call for tax on Wall Street
    Descriptive info: USA Nurses call for tax on Wall Street.. From Maine to California, nurses and others fed up with the ongoing economic crisis will call on members of Congress in their local district offices Sept.. 1 to call for a tax on Wall Street speculation.. National Nurses United says a financial transactions tax is needed to heal the nation.. Events ranging from soup kitchens to help feed the country and homeless, to community speak outs and street theater are planned for major urban centers.. Nurses will visit the home offices of both Democrats and Republicans to deliver a clear message: Everyday  ...   been the obsession of Congress.. The campaigners will be calling on members of Congress to "support a Wall Street transaction tax that will raise sufficient revenue to make Wall Street pay for the devastation it has caused on Main Street.. ".. "It's time for Wall Street financiers, who created this crisis and continue to hold much of the nation's wealth, to start contributing to rebuild this country, and for the American people to reclaim our future," says Rose Ann DeMore, National Nurses Union Executive Director.. A list of actions planned for Sept.. 1, and additional information, are available.. here.. org/news/usa-nurses-call-tax-wall-street..

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  • Title: Promoting quality public transport
    Descriptive info: Promoting quality public transport.. The.. International Transport Workers' Federation.. (ITF) is working with.. Public World.. on a research project that will study what it takes to provide safer, cleaner and more affordable public transportation services.. "The majority of the world's population now lives in cities, and there is growing recognition that they require well resourced and properly planned public transport," says Mac Urata, ITF Inland Transport Secretary.. "We  ...   quality public services makes them an ideal partner in this project.. The project is part of the ITF's commitment to supporting a transition to a green industry policy, as adopted at the organization's 2010 Congress.. The aim is to achieve needed carbon emission reductions, while creating millions of new socially and environmentally sustainable jobs.. The ITF links 779 unions representing nearly five million transport workers in 155 countries.. org/news/promoting-quality-public-transport..

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  • Title: International action for a financial transactions tax
    Descriptive info: International action for a financial transactions tax.. As part of the international campaign for a financial transactions tax (FTT), activists around the world are inviting parliamentarians to sign a declaration of support for the FTT.. About 800 have already signed.. The campaigners hope to gather 2,000 signatures by 3-4 November 2011, when leaders of industrialized nations will gather in Cannes, France for the G20 Summit.. Only a fraction of the flow of money around the world is used to actually buy things and support trade.. The vast  ...   activities that led to the worldwide financial crisis.. That's why momentum is now building for the FTT.. A very small tax on these transactions could help bridge vital funding gaps in international development, alleviate poverty, and finance the work needed to address climate change.. The Parliamentarians' Declaration is available in a number of languages.. Please download it and ask your Parliamentarian to sign on to the campaign.. EN.. DA.. NL.. FR.. DE.. EL.. IT.. NO.. PT.. ES.. SV.. The link for Parliamentarians to sign may be found.. org/news/international-action-financial-transactions-tax..

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  • Title: Your help needed to protest attack on workers in Thailand
    Descriptive info: Your help needed to protest attack on workers in Thailand.. The International Transport Workers' Federation is asking global unions and their affiliates to join in a protest to the government of Thailand after the dismissal of seven leaders of the railway workers' union.. The union officials have been targeted for their part in an industrial action almost two years ago, when  ...   2009 killed seven and injured many others.. The ITF invites you to visit this.. webpage.. for background details, press releases, and information on how you can voice your support for Thai railway workers and their union.. The full text of the ITF appeal is available as a PDF by clicking.. here.. or below.. Attachment.. Size.. Thai_rail_appeal_to_Global_Unions.. pdf.. 55.. 18 KB.. org/news/your-help-needed-protest-attack-workers-thailand..

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  • Title: No cuts for the rich
    Descriptive info: No cuts for the rich.. A new study by the United Kingdom's False Economy has revealed that the most vulnerable in society face significant cuts in vital services that allow them to live independently.. The research -- based on hundreds of freedom of information requests -- found that more than 2,000 charities and community groups which provide services to the elderly, abused women, vulnerable children and people with disabilities will have their funding reduced or eliminated.. The full report is available from.. FalseEconomy.. uk.. org/news/no-cuts-rich..

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  • Title: Everyday Heroes build strong communities
    Descriptive info: Everyday Heroes build strong communities.. Public employees are not only the front-line responders when disaster strikes – wildfires, earthquakes, disease outbreaks – the work they do every day helps build strong, sustainable communities with greater opportunities for all citizens.. In Western Australia, the Community and Public Sector Union / Civil Service Association has paid tribute to these Everyday Heroes with a series of short videos that highlight the work done by three such workers.. You can see the videos.. org/news/everyday-heroes-build-strong-communities..

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  • Title: A step forward in Andean region
    Descriptive info: A step forward in Andean region.. A bipartisan meeting organized by PSI affiliates is seen as a step forward in promoting social dialogue, labour rights, and quality public services in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.. The meeting brought together representatives of workers with political leaders and public administrators.. Dr.. Angelino Garzon, Vice President of Colombia, has extended an invitation for a second such meeting in the first quarter of 2012.. org/news/step-forward-andean-region..

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  • Title: Campaign update
    Descriptive info: Campaign update.. “Quality Public Services – action now!” was the theme of events held in Luxembourg, Netherlands, Russia, India and Hong Kong, organized by unions affiliated to the.. International Transport Workers’ Federation.. In all union activities following the liberalisation of the railway and other public services, the message 'Quality Public Services in Public Hands with Public Servants' has been highlighted.. Activities by the FNCTTFEL in this regard have concentrated on the recast of the first railway package, aggressions in public transport which are increasing, and also on the austerity measures declared by the EU institutions and the Luxembourg government.. On 21 June, a mass demonstration, organised by the ETUC, was held in Luxembourg with 20,000 participants.. (Email report by Guy Greivelding).. In the Netherlands, FNV Bondgenoten used the Action Day to launch a campaign against tendering and for a good collective agreement.. During the day, drivers wore badges with the campaign message.. More campaign activities are planned in July with the demand "one collective agreement for the same work".. There will also be a special campaign on driving and rest time in August and September.. In the event that the planned campaigns give no results, the FNV Bondgenoten will undertake industrial action.. (Email report by Brigitta Paas).. Russian railway workers' union, the Trade Union of Railwaymen and Transport Construction Workers organised  ...   Quality Public Service Action Day on 23rd June 2011 in all divisions over the South Central Railway.. As part of the campaign, public meetings were arranged at various places in order to create public awareness and explain the importance of quality public services for ensuring safety and best services.. For example, a huge rally followed by a meeting at an important junction on the South Central Railway, that links South India with the rest of the country, was attended by a large number of activists and members of the general public with enthusiasm.. In the meeting, the Divisional Secretary highlighted the issue of rising fuel costs and the importance of using public transport and called to all workers to join hands and fight privatisation.. A number of rallies were also organised where the use of public transport over private modes was emphasised as being more economical, eco-friendly and safety orineted.. At one rally, hundreds of workshop employees joined together with the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and participated in a procession and rally at Tank Bund.. (Email report by NFIR).. The MTR Union in Hong Kong held a protest on 23 June to demand a 7% pay raise and to also demand better treatment and respect for workers in order to safeguard quality train services.. (Email report by Yu-Loy Wong).. org/news/campaign-update..

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  • Title: Campaign gathers momentum
    Descriptive info: Campaign gathers momentum.. The campaign for quality public services – and all they contribute to stable, equitable and democratic societies – is gathering momentum around the world.. At events that range from local gatherings to plan the next steps to campaigns with national and international significance, union members and citizens are taking action to promote and protect public services.. Through this campaign, workers and families are uniting as never before to advance the quality public services that keep communities strong.. Here are highlights of some of the recent initiatives:.. Wisconsin, the U.. state where the new governor has attacked public services and bargaining rights to pay for corporate tax giveaways, was one of the sites chosen by the Council of Global Unions to launch the campaign.. “Unions worldwide are working with a wide range of allies to build sustainable economies that benefit all people – not just a select few,” said Candice Cowley, President of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.. Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer of the.. Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.. said the support from the international labour community has been overwhelming.. “It is clear that our fight is a universal battle for justice and economic fairness,” she said.. In Thailand, railway workers and their allies joined together to protest privatisation and.. call for quality public services.. The demonstration was held at the main railway station in Bangkok (Hua Lumpong).. Notably, union leaders were joined on the stage by senior officials from the ministries of transport, labour and finance.. A planning meeting is scheduled for early July to discuss the next steps to be taken in the quality public services campaign in Thailand.. In South Africa, unions and community organizations held events in Durban and Cape Town to highlight the need for improvements in public water supplies, electricity and transport services, and public libraries to provide educational opportunities for all.. The Building and Wood Workers’ International global union announced that it would.. join the campaign.. “The objective of the campaign is to advance quality public services for workers, their families and communities through unprecedented, coordinated global actions and activities,” said BWI.. In addition to several events held on June 23, BWI will continue to work with global unions to further the campaign.. In Italy, a series of mass mobilizations and demonstrations led to an.. impressive victory.. in a June referendum.. Ninety-five percent of voters approved a ban on the construction of nuclear power plants, and to keep or return water resources to public ownership.. Education International has volunteered to take the lead on an important research project designed to shed light on.. tax evasion by global corporations.. Preliminary work by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions has shown that multinational companies use their global reach to avoid their responsibility to contribute to national and community needs through fair and responsible taxation.. The study is scheduled to be  ...   country for decades.. In Mauritius, the Government Services Employees Association marked Africa Public Service Day with a strategic planning session that discussed the impact of privatisation on employment and service delivery.. The participants addressed the need for quality public services as a means to eradicate poverty, in line with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.. The Fiji Public Service Association conducted a workshop to discuss their next steps in the campaign for quality services and workers’ rights.. On May 16, the government of Fiji adopted a decree which directly attacks the nation’s 15,000 public service employees.. The decree excludes the workers from protection against discrimination, equal employment opportunity, freedom of association and collective bargaining.. Under the decree, Fiji’s public service employees have no redress whatsoever against decisions made by their employer.. In Canada, postal workers were locked out by the government-owned Canada Post, only to be.. ordered back to work.. by the government – which imposed a wage settlement that was less than the employer’s last offer in bargaining.. Union members and allies marked Public Services Day by occupying the national Parliament buildings and offices of members of parliament.. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has launched legal action to protect its members from government imposed concessions.. The International Transport Workers’ Federation.. reports on events.. undertaken by its affiliated unions in India, Thailand, Bulgaria, Morocco, Uganda, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Lithuania, Japan and Ukraine.. The actions ranged from a workshop to fight privatization in India to a political outreach campaign asking local elected officials to support public services in Bulgaria.. The European Federation of Public Service Unions, the European Transport Workers’ Federation, the European Trade Union Committee for Education, UNI Europa, the European Service Workers’ Union and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers declared their support and endorsement of the campaign for quality public services.. In a.. joint statement.. they said, “Affordable public education, healthcare, social protection, housing, energy, water, public transport and accessible finance services are vital for the welfare of a large majority of people.. If governments do not invest in these areas, they cut opportunities for a fairer society and as a consequence promote a policy of inequality.. Europe needs social governance and an economic model that serves the needs of citizens at large and not just a cast of privileged few.. ”.. The Health Service and Social Care Union of the Czech Republic organized a seminar for young trade unionists.. It was one of a series of seminars held with the assistance of IMPACT, Ireland, and EPSU/PSI to promote quality public services.. The union also organized a conference, in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, that brought together participants from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to discuss social, economic and health care policies.. The Czech minister of health was invited to take part, along with trade unionists and representatives of employers and health-insurance companies.. org/news/campaign-gathers-momentum..

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  • Title: Global unions launch campaign for the common good
    Descriptive info: admin s blog.. Global unions launch campaign for the common good.. Quality Public Services—Action Now!.. The Council of Global Unions will launch the worldwide Quality Public Services—Action Now! campaign on Thursday 23 June, United Nations Public Services Day.. The aim is to advance quality public services for all people through unprecedented coordinated solidarity action across borders.. From the American Midwest to the Middle East, Asia to Africa, Europe to South America – private and public sector unions are uniting as never before to defend and advance the quality public services that keep communities strong.. Unions are working with a wide range of allies including municipal governments and civil society groups to build sustainable economies that benefit all people – not just a select few.. In South Africa, this means local unions are working with the Durban eThekwini municipality and community partners to advance affordable housing and reliable public water, electricity, sanitation and transport services through a campaign initiated by Public Services International.. In Cape Town, this includes providing books to build public libraries in a partnership effort between Education International affiliates and the civil society organisation Equal Education.. In Bangkok, Thailand, railway workers who are members of the International Transport Workers’ Federation are marching with public sector unions to reinforce their message of protest against government privatisation plans.. In Spain, where youth unemployment is shooting past 40-percent under austerity measures imposed by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, leading public and private sector unions are joining forces under the Quality Public Services—Action Now! banner to advance a new social and economic vision.. Solidarity exchanges between American, European, Middle Eastern and North African unions will take place in the coming weeks.. In Egypt, leaders of the American Federation of Teachers, whose members in Wisconsin have been stripped of their collective bargaining rights, will meet with the independent Egyptian unions whose call for a general strike proved to be the decisive moment in toppling their country’s corrupt regime earlier this year.. However, Egypt’s transitional military council has just banned strikes and sit-ins.. Italian trade union leaders, who are celebrating  ...   Russia, Uganda, the Netherlands and elsewhere, union and community members are standing together on 23 June to defend the right to decent work and to reclaim public services for the common good.. “When we look around the world today, we find peace and improved equality and opportunity only in countries where strong public services provide equitable redistribution of wealth, protect democracy and deliver security, justice and decent work,” Council of Global Unions chair Peter Waldorff emphasizes.. “We need priority investment in quality public services to create jobs and stimulate sustainable economic growth and development.. Spending on clean energy, water, health care, education infrastructure and transport is an investment in our collective future.. The Quality Public Services—Action Now! campaign is guided by principles outlined in the Geneva Charter on Quality Public Services.. Of key importance, public funding must be supported by fair taxes based on ability to pay, an end to shifting taxes from corporations and the super-rich to ordinary people, and a crackdown on tax dodgers who hide their profits in foreign tax havens.. Leading up to the launch of the Quality Public Services—Action Now! campaign on 23 June, global union members are participating in the European Trade Union Confederation Day of Action on 21 June and the Global Day of Action for a Financial Transactions Tax on 22 June.. Trade unions, political and civil society partners are invited to associate their related campaigns or to start new initiatives under the Quality Public Services—Action Now! campaign banner, and are encouraged to sign on to the Geneva Charter on Quality Public Services today.. More campaign information, posters and talking points are available at.. www.. Global Unions are international private and public sector trade union organisations working together with a shared commitment to the ideals and principles of the trade union movement.. They share a common determination to organise, to defend human rights and labour standards everywhere, and to promote the growth of trade unions for the benefit of all working women and men and their families.. Together they represent more than 175 million members worldwide.. For more information:.. org/page/who-we-are.. org/news/global-unions-launch-campaign-common-good..

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