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IFWEA e-bulletin  Issue 34 / Third Quarter 2016

 
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Issue 34 / Third Quarter - 2016

Our Vision

A world where all working people have access to lifelong learning opportunities which enable them to claim and exercise their inalienable democratic rights, responsibilities and freedoms as global citizens.


© UCLA Labor Center poster 2006
In this e-bulletin:
▶ IFWEA SECRETARIAT NEWS
■ IRELAND: report from President Sue Schurman and General Secretary Sahra Ryklief
■ SWEDEN: introducing Olof Palme International Center Intern - Frida Sundqvist
◼︎ SOUTH AFRICA:
▷ A  welcome to Ditsela's new director Ntsilo Molumaelea
▷ General Secretary Sahra Ryklief addresses COSATU's National Women's Day Programme
                       
IFWEA PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENTS
◼︎ Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP):
▷ Nordic School
▷ Foundation Skills Leadership School
◼︎  Online Labour Academy (OLA)
◼︎  Study Circles for Social Change


AFFILIATE NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
▷ AFRICA:
◼︎ Secretariat  "South Africa’s 2016 municipal elections – why the excitement? An in-depth analysis of the results."
◼︎  South Africa - Labour Research Service (LRS) "Celebrates 30th anniversary and holds a National Workshop on Collective Agreements"

▷ AMERICAS:

◼︎ Colombia - Escuela Nacional Sindical  "The Peace Process in Colombia: seeds of hope for an embattled labour movement"
◼︎ United States of America - UCLA Labor Center "Chinese American Museum honors Kent Wong"
◼︎ United States of America - Rutgers University School of Managment and Labor Relations (SMLR) "Hands-on experience coupled with classroom learning make apprenticeships more valuable than ever"

 
▷ ASIA:
◼︎ Korea - International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)  "Union mission stands alongside Korean strikers"
◼︎ India - Streetnet's "5th International Congress" with Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) and the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)

EUROPE:  Solidar "#SDG8 is about promoting decent work for all"

▷GLOBAL:  SEWA with WIEGO "UN High-Level Panel Highlights Women Informal Workers"

▶ NEWS FROM UNESCO
◼︎ REPORT on "International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression"

▶ SOLIDARITY IN ACTION:
Check out the campaigns where you can take online action, get research highlights and download resources.

▷ CAMPAIGNS
◼︎ EGYPT via CTUWS  "A Call: Solidarity with the Shipyard Dock Workers"
◼︎ THAILAND via International Labour Rights Forum "Protect Human Rights Defender Andy Hall!"


▷ RESOURCES
◼︎ Labor Notes "Secrets of Successful Organiser"
◼︎ UCLA Labor Center
  "Central American Resource Guide"
◼︎ WIEGO: REPORT on "Women Informal Workers and Child Care"


RESEARCH and OPINION from GLOBAL LABOUR COLUMN
◼︎ ZIMBABWE and SOUTH AFRICA "Illegal and criminalised: undocumented Zimbabwean migrant workers as unfree labour in Witbank, South Africa" by Johannes Machinya
◼︎ BRAZIL "What is at stake with the coup in Brazil?" by Antonio de Lisboa Amancio Vale
◼︎ GLOBAL: "It is time for a global framework agreement in world sport." by Walter Palmer
 ▶ CONTACT IFWEA - keep in touch with the Secretariat
IFWEA SECRETARIAT NEWS
▷ IRELAND
■ report from President Sue Schurman and General Secretary Sahra Ryklief on their activities including meetings with:
 
The Peoples College - Here adult and workers' education is supported by the Irish Trade Union Congress and most of the national unions.
Unite the Union - with Jimmy Kelly, Irish Regional Secretary for- learning about their work like the "Right2Water campaign", along with Dr. Maura Adshead from the University of Limerick.
▶️ read more about their work on their website www.unitetheunion.org
▶️ read more about The Peoples' College at www.peoplescollege.i
© Sahra Ryklief: "Limerick inner city youth at the Southside youth services centre brighten up a gloomy alley and dark basement staircase." 
▷ SOUTH AFRICA / SWEDEN:
■ Secretariat Internship: "Frida Sundqvist has a Master’s degree in political science. Her work includes the Swedish Migration Agency, the Swedish Permanent Representation in Brussels and research."
    ▶️ read Frida Sundqvist's biography here www.ifwea.org/Intern2016
    ▶️  OPIC Interns: on Instagram
"palmepraktikanterna"
    ▶️ their blog www.palmepraktikanterna.com
    ▶️ on Facebook www.facebook.com/OPIC/
▷ SOUTH AFRICA
◼︎ Welcome
:
"
IFWEA's programme manager Saliem Patel welcomed the new executive director of Ditsela, Ntsilo Molumaelea. Ditsela is a South African affiliate, and the Secretariat staff attended their first 'Western Cape Educators' Forum' for this year."

▶️ read more about their work here www.ditsela.org.za
▷ SOUTH AFRICA
◼︎ National Women's Day

"General Secretary Sahra Ryklief was asked to do the key note address at the Congress of South African Trade Unions' (COSATU)'s Women's Day event held at Community House in Cape Town South Africa, where the Secretariat is based.  Those who attended included gender representatives from member unions - educators, members and office bearers. Community members and associates of the labour movement also attended. The gathering honoured veterans of the labour movement - Hester Stephens and Lynn Carneson. COSATU in the Western Cape also honoured outgoing educator Mike Louw for his years of service."

▶️ read the entire address here www.ifwea-org/Women's Day

▶️ an edited and shortened version of this presentation was published at GroundUp titled "An inconvenient person: Remembering Dulcie September" read it here www.groundup.org.za/remembering-dulcie-september

IFWEA PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENTS
Study Circles for Social Change
Study Circles allow participants to learn about how to change their conditions at work, in their communities or their lives in an informal, interactive and participatory manner. IFWEA promotes study circles within organisations to improve their strategies to recruit and represent members through running a study circle facilitators course.

Currently study circles are being run by in local communities, forming at workplaces, also coming together from different areas. Study circles are being run with migrant domestic workers for gender empowerment, domestic workers learning media and research, as well as to produce a radio show; small business skills with hair technology, worker-academic-student unity at university campus, sports and recreation, music and parenting.

▶️ for more information on this programme please contact Saliem at saliem@lrs.org.za
▶️ join our Page on Facebook for photographs, videos and profiles of our study circles facilitators at www.facebook.com/StudyCircles
Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP)  - Nordic Leadership School

'YGAP exposes young people in the labour movement in the North to key organisations  in the South. These organisations are pioneering innovative campaigns, approaches and solutions to meet 21st century challenges to organised labour. YGAP aims to provide its delegates with a transformational learning experience through the informed and purposeful interaction of young Nordic worker educators and labour leaders with leaders and members of organisations in the labour movement in the South responding to inequalities and socio-economic challenges brought about by changes to the world of work. The YGAP course for 20106 has begun with participants from Sweden, Finland and for the first time, Denmark. Participants communicate, and are facilitated on YGAP through IFWEA's Online Labour Academy (OLA), the online learning platform.The programme this year runs with the Foundation Skills Leadership School at the Secretariat at Community House in  Cape Town South Africa.

▶️ for more on OLA visit www.ifwea.org/programmes/ola and www.ifweaonline.org


 
YGAP -  Foundation Skills Leadership School 
"The Foundation Skills Leadership School occurs annually over two weeks during November in Cape Town. It is designed to boost the confidence and enhance the critical and active role of young educators in education activities of their organisations. Through this programme participants help to Build the Global Knowledge Community to understand and produce education that will meet 21st century challenges of the global labour movement. This year we will be joined by young educators from affiliate members in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Philippines, Nepal, Indonesia, Zimbabwe and South Africa."

▶️ if your organisation would like to send a young participant to this School, or if you have any questions about the programme and costs please contact Saliem saliem@lrs.org.za

AFFILIATE NEWS: HIGHLIGHTS
▷ AFRICA: Secretariat:
◼︎ GroundUp: Sahra Ryklief writes on "South Africa’s 2016 municipal elections – why the excitement? An in-depth analysis of the results."
'
The municipal elections are normally a quiet affair, without much fanfare or high profile post-electoral analysis. The aftermath of this year’s elections turned out to be anything but quiet, due to a number of milestones which have some significance in South Africa’s maturing democracy.'

▶️ read more at www.groundup.org.za/south-africas-2016-municipal-elections-why-excitement
▷ South Africa - Labour Research Service (LRS)
"LRS celebrates its 30th anniversary and holds a National Workshop on Collective Agreements"
'The LRS' anniversary and workshop was attended by unions from the agricultural, higher education, mining and postal services sectors. The workshop analysed the framework for collective bargaining, and celebrated the victories unions have made in these sectors recently.'
▶️ more on LRS www.lrs.org.za
▷ AMERICAS:
◼︎ Colombia - Escuela Nacional Sindical (ENS) 

"The Peace Process in Colombia: seeds of hope for an embattled labour movement" by Daniel Hawkins, Director of Research at ENS

'
...(T)he Colombian electorate will vote in a plebiscite to gauge popular sentiment about the peace accords recently finalised between the Colombian Government and the guerrilla group, Las FARC (in Spanish, the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia).


 

The Colombian union movement has, like many other social movements, suffered enormously during this decades-long conflict. A database from the National Union School of Colombia, the ENS, paints a torrid picture of the woes bestowed upon Colombia’s unionists.'

▶️ read the article here www.global-labour-org/2016/peace-process-in-colombia-seeds-of
United States of America - UCLA Labor Center
"Chinese American Museum honors Kent Wong"

'Earlier this month, the Chinese American Museum honored six individuals at their 20th Annual Historymakers Awards Gala. The gala is committed to honoring “extraordinary individuals who have made a significant impact or contribution towards the advancement of the Chinese American community and beyond. Councilmember Gil Cedillo (CD-1) presented the Excellence in Law and Justice Award to our own Labor Center Director, Kent Wong, in honor of his lifetime commitment to advocating for justice for workers and students.'
▶️ read more and watch the video tribute www.labor.ucla.edu/chinese-american-museum-honors-kent-wong


▷ United States of America - Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)
"Hands-on experience coupled with classroom learning make apprenticeships more valuable than ever"

'Pairing traditional academic study with on-the-job training under the eye of an expert is the premise behind registered apprenticeships. In addition to hands-on learning, apprentices receive a hard-earned wage, making the concept even more attractive to those looking to pick up a trade as well as a paycheck. While this earn-while-you-learn model has been successful for centuries, it's enjoying a resurgence, thanks to support from the U.S. Department of Labor, said Sue Schurman, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.'

▶️ read more /www.nj.com/njeducation/2016/hands-on-experience
▷ International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF): Korea
"Union mission stands alongside Korean strikers"
'A global union federation mission concludes today after standing alongside South Korean workers staging their largest public sector strike in 20 years. Korean unions are fighting back against government plans that would make sackings easier and muzzle trade unions.'

▶️ read more http://www.itfglobal.org/union-mission-stands-alongside-korean-strikers/
▷ INDIA: Streetnet with National Association of Street Vendors of India NASVI and Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

▶️ to follow the activities of the Congress join them on Facebook for updates https://www.facebook.com/StreetNet-5th Congress
©StreetNet "Benin delegates arrive in Chattapur, Delhi. Greeted by Sangeeta Singh from NASVI"

Streetnet is holding their 5th International Congress in India.

IFWEA Executive Committee member Sibailly Maximilien Douhouré from Streetnet will be in attendance, while Executive Committee member Namrata Bali from SEWA will attend, as well as address the Congress.

The Congress is supported by National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI).
▷ EUROPE:
  Solidar "#SDG8 is about promoting decent work for all"
'On 13 October, SOLIDAR will join the official launch of the SDG Watch Europe at the Permanent Representation of North-Rhine Westphalia in Brussels. SDG Watch Europe is an emerging, cross-sectoral, civil society alliance of 70 EU-level civil society organisations (CSOs), initiated in June 2015. It aims to ensure the EU’s achievement of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 by independently monitoring EU and Member States’ implementation."
 
▷ GLOBAL:
■ UN High-Level Panel Highlights Women Informal Workers
"For the past six months, WIEGO and SEWA have been involved in the first-ever United Nations High-Level Panel (UN HLP) for Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE). The panel was created by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon as a way to define priorities and actions for advancing the economic empowerment of women in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."
▶️ www.wiego.org/wee/un-high-level-panel-hlp-womens-economic-empowerment
 
UN Report on Women's Economic Empowerment ▶️ access the report

▶️ read more about WIEGO and SEWA's ongoing participation in the UN HLP process

 
▶️ see the WIEGO blog for a Q & A with Renana Jhabvala about
 WIEGO and SEWA's participation in the HLP process
 
▷ NEWS FROM UNESCO: GLOBAL
REPORT on "International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression" by Louise Walsh, Founder and Chair of the Berger-Marks Foundation

'Elin Lilijenbladh, board member of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) advocated “a non-critical approach to sex education: “We don’t have to be the same to be equal.”
“Homophobic bullying does not start in schools,” she said. “It starts in society. All are affected: the bully, the target” and the wider community. A short IGLYO video, “No More Hiding”, told stories of youth in Mexico, Moldavia, the Middle East, the United States and Sweden.'

▶️ read the entire report here www.ifwea-org/UNESCO

SOLIDARITY IN ACTION
▷ EGYPT via CTUWS
◼︎ A Call: Solidarity with the Shipyard Dock Workers - Sign the petition online
"The Center for Trade Union and Worker Services calls upon all democratic forces in our society... to union personalities and labour leaders everywhere… to human rights defenders and those who demand freedom and social equality... show solidarity with the workers of the shipyard docks who are accused in Alexandria military felonies court case number 2759 for the year 2016.

▶️ read more www.ctuws.com/en/content/call-solidarity-shipyard-docks
▶️ sign the petition online at www.labourstartcampaigns.net/EGYPT
▷THAILAND via International Labour Rights Forum
◼︎ Protect Human Rights Defender Andy Hall!
"
Andy Hall, a British human rights activist, was convicted of criminal defamation and violations of the Computer Crimes Act in Thai court on September 20, 2016.

 
Andy participated in research that documented serious human rights violations in a factory owned by Thai pineapple export company Natural Fruit. Abusive conditions included child labor, confiscation of identity document such as passports and working permits, harassment, and physical abuse.

Please join an international movement to demand that the Thai Government overturn the conviction of Andy Hall and end its judicial harassment of an outspoken human rights defender."
▶️  sign the online petition www.laborrights.org/defendandyhall
▷UCLA Labor Center 
◼︎ Central American Resource Guide"
'This is a resource guide created in order to support Central American immigrant families and inform them of their legal rights, educate them on health and security, as well as feature places where they can enjoy free recreational activities.'
▶️ download here www.labor.ucla.edu/central-american-resource-guide
▷ GLOBAL via Labor Notes
◼︎ New Book "Secrets of a Successful Organizer        
"Informal employment represents half or more of total employment in developing countries, and a growing share of total employment in developed countries.
However, misconceptions about the informal economy and informal workers limit their opportunities and often endanger their livelihoods. This document challenges common misperceptions by drawing on research, official statistics, and experience working with informal workers and their organizations."

▶️ check out this book and more from Labor Notes www.labornotes.org/secrets

 
▷ WIEGO
■  New WIEGO Publication on Women Informal Workers and Child Care

 

"We are writing to share with you WIEGO's latest report documenting women informal workers' child care needs. As part of WIEGO's Child Care Initiative, a series of focus group discussions with women informal workers were conducted across five countries, namely Brazil, Ghana, India, South Africa, and Thailand.

The focus group discussions were led by informal workers' organizations in each of these countries representing waste pickers, home-based workers, domestic workers, and street and market vendors."

 

▶️ The full report is available in: ▶️ The summary reports are currently available in:
RESEARCH and OPINION from GLOBAL LABOUR COLUMN

◉ ZIMBABWE and SOUTH AFRICA "Illegal and criminalised: undocumented Zimbabwean migrant workers as unfree labour in Witbank, South Africa" by Johannes Machinya


'Criminalising migrant ‘illegality’ gives legal legitimacy to discrimination and exclusion of undocumented migrant workers. It creates legalised unfreedoms and produces undocumented migrant workers as a subordinate workforce without legal status – a palatable fodder for exploitative employers, particularly in the informal sector.'

▶️ read the column at  www.global-labour-org/2016/illegal-and-criminalised-undocumented

◉  BRAZIL "What is at stake with the coup in Brazil?" by Antonio de Lisboa Amancio Vale

' The project represented by the Lula and Rousseff governments was responsible for the social rise of more than 40 million Brazilians, creating more than 20 million formal jobs and implementing a new, more just social and economic development model. The coup is above all an attempt to stop this process of social mobility and sovereign national development."

▶️ read the column at www.global-labour-org/2016/what-is-at-stake-with-coup-in-brazil
 
 
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