Sep 28

Arnaldo Colque from CEPRODE: C190 Study Circle

Arnaldo Forty Montero Colque is Project Director at the NGO CEPRODE (Center for the Promotion of Democracy, Dialogue and Development) in Bolivia. He lives in La Paz, and is part of the IFWEA study circle on C190. Here he talks about his experiences so far:  How long have you been... read more →
Sep 19
Dr. Everline Aketch from PSI in Uganda: Interview

Dr. Everline Aketch from PSI in Uganda: Interview

This year in the IFWEA Training of Trainers course: Digital tools and methods for conducting online trade union activities, DGB Bildungswerk is supporting its partner Public Service International (PSI). Dr. Everline Aketch is the PSI Sub-regional Secretary for English-Speaking Africa, based in Uganda. She speaks to us about her background... read more →
Aug 31

Immaculate Mbali and the Trainer of Trainers course

This year in the IFWEA Training of Trainers course: Digital tools and methods for conducting online trade union activities, DGB Bildungswerk is supporting its partner Public Service International (PSI), of which The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) is a member. Immaculate Mbali from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is... read more →
Aug 29

Education International condemns Russian attacks on teachers

August 2022 - Russian forces are cracking down on teachers and education in occupied territories in Ukraine. According to Serhiy Shkarlet, Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science, the Russian army is burning Ukrainian books and threatening, arresting, and torturing teachers in the Kherson region for teaching the Ukrainian curriculum. In... read more →
Aug 29

IFWEA invited to present at Moodle Conference

IFWEA Secretariat educators Melanie Julie and Renaldi Prinsloo’s paper on OLA has been accepted for presentation at the Moodle Global Conference “Education for the future” in Barcelona in September 2022. The conference will feature presentations and workshops by a range of presenters from around the globe, on topics focusing on... read more →
Aug 10

Siyabulela Mama and Climate Change

Siyabulela Mama works at the Centre for Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET), which is attached to the Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha, South Africa. He’s a Community and Worker Educator, and has been with CIPSET since 2018. He is currently helping to co-ordinate the IFWEA study circle on Climate Change... read more →
Jul 29

Christy Shabeena Muthukumar (ISD): C190 Study Circles

We spoke to Christy Shabeena Muthukumar, who works at the Institute of Social Development (ISD), an IFWEA affiliate which is a non-governmental organisation located in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The organisation was established in 1991 by a group of activists who engage in the field of human rights, labour, gender, and... read more →
Jul 26

BWI condemns Mynmar executions

September 2022 - The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI), representing 12 million workers worldwide, has condemned the military junta of Myanmar for the brutal execution of four democracy activists who were accused of “terror acts.” BWI extends its deepest condolences and solidarity to the families, comrades and friends of Kyaw... read more →
Jul 04

Jasen Mphepo: Edutainment in Zimbabwe

Patsimeredu Edutainment /Patsime is a Zimbabwe-based IFWEA affiliate which specialises in combining entertainment (usually theatre and music) with educational messages for workers. From February to April 2022, IFWEA commissioned Patsimeredu Edutainment /Patsime to hold a series of workers’ education programmes targeting farms and factories in and around Harare. The aim... read more →
Jun 28

Health and safety a fundamental right

June 2022 - It is estimated that more than 3 million workers die every year because of their work, and tens of millions are injured. In a landmark decision, the International Labour Conference, held in Geneva in June 2022, has added health and safety to the ILO Fundamental Principles and... read more →
Jun 27

AFL-CIO: Right of Everyone to Make Their Own Health Care Decisions

June 2022 - The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President Liz Shuler has issued a public statement following the decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, thus allowing USA states to effectively make abortions illegal: "The decision by the Supreme Court to... read more →
Jun 27

World Public Service Day

June 2022 - On 23 June 2022, World Public Services Day, Publics Services International (PSI - the global union federation of workers in public services) launched Behind the Mask - an interactive online documentary that reveals not only the links between the personal lives of workers and the political choices... read more →
May 26

Bariyah Iyah: Migrant Workers’ Rights Study Circle

Bariyah Iyah, from the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), is part of the IFWEA Study Circle on Migrant Workers’ Rights, in the Malaysia group. The study circle began in August 2021, and involves domestic workers in different countries. She speaks about her work and how the study circle is going:... read more →
May 23

AOF Norway gives cause to celebrate in solidarity!

IFWEA affiliate AOF Norway celebrated their 90th Jubilee by asking their member organisations to make a donation to IFWEA, rather than give them gifts. As a result, IFWEA has received a generous donation of NOK 227 500 (R300 000) from AOF Norway! Gro Svennebye, Deputy Chairman, AOF Norway explains how... read more →
May 17

Worker edutainment reaches thousands in Zimbabwe!

From February to April 2022 Patsimeredu Edutainment was commissioned by IFWEA to run a worker’s education programme, targeting workers on five farms and in five companies in and around Harare. The project was done in partnership with Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union... read more →
May 17

Unions in solidarity with LGBTIQ workers

May 2022 - On 17 May 2022, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the ITUC stands in solidarity with LGBTIQ workers, reaffirming its commitment to building respect and dignity for all workers, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Despite progress and many achievements, homophobia and... read more →
May 10
May 07

Britt Baatjes designs for WIEGO

Britt Baatjes is currently on a contract with the WIEGO School, and decided to sign up for How to Design an Online Course with IFWEA. She speaks about her experience:  How did you get involved in the course? I got a contract with WIEGO in February 2022 to coordinate the... read more →
May 03

ITUC calls on trade unions to stand for peace this May Day

May 2022 - ITUC statement: “With Russia’s illegal and brutal invasion of Ukraine, armed conflicts are being fought in every region of the world. Some 60 conflicts are happening now, with millions of victims. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost in Tigray and Yemen alone. In recent years,... read more →
Mar 30

StreetNet appeals for aid to Ukraine informal workers

March 2022 - Since the full scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022, StreetNet International, a global alliance of street vendors in over 50 countries, and an affiliate of IFWEA, has been in constant communication with the leadership of their affiliate, the Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs... read more →