May 28

IFWEA speaks to Pat Horn of StreetNet

IFWEA affiliate StreetNet celebrates 20 years in 2023. We spoke to founder Pat Horn, based in Durban, South Africa, about the inspiration for starting the organisation, and she shares her experiences and learnings:  You are the founder of StreetNet, together with founding administrator Nozipho Lembethe. What was the inspiration for... read more →
May 15

Círculos de Estudio de IFWEA – PLADES

Rocío Campana Campos - PERÚ Círculos de Estudio de IFWEA – PLADES  Actualmente estoy a cargo de la Coordinación y Facilitación de los Círculos de Estudio de IFWEA en Perú, ejecutados por PLADES (Programa Laboral de Desarrollo).  Desde el año 2020 se viene desarrollando el Círculo sobre el C190 OIT... read more →
May 09

Study Circles in Peru: A successful collective experience

Rocío Campana Campos from PLADES (Programa Laboral de Desarrollo) in Peru writes about her experience with IFWEA Study Circles: I am currently in charge of the Coordination and Facilitation of IFWEA Study Circles in Peru, executed by PLADES (Programa Laboral de Desarrollo).  Since 2020, the study circle on the ILO’s... read more →
Apr 29

May Day 2023: a new social contract for all

May 2023 - May Day 2023 provides  a moment to reflect on the enormous challenges to people and the planet, says ITUC in a statement - "challenges that can only be overcome with a vibrant trade union movement at the heart of the economy and society, and a new social... read more →
Apr 24
WIEGO stands in solidarity with Elizabeth Tang

IDWF, WIEGO stand in solidarity with Elizabeth Tang

April 2023 - On 9 March 2023, Elizabeth Tang, General Secretary of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), was arrested by the Chinese National Security Police under allegations of endangering national security. She remains out on bail until 24 April as the police continue their investigation. Alongside the IDWF, WIEGO... read more →
Apr 07

BWI call for release of Mynmar trade unionists

March/April 2023 - The Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI) is immensely vocal in its condemnation of the military junta's atrocities against trade unionists in Myanmar. In a desperate effort to hold onto power and crush the democratic resistance, the military junta has been systematically persecuting Myanmar's broad trade union... read more →
Apr 06

Using Instant Messaging to empower women negotiators

IFWEA affiliate StreetNet facilitated a course for women negotiators members of their affiliate organization SLeTU, based in Sierra Leone. The goal of these courses, which have been run for several years, is to strengthen the capacity of members and affiliates to interact with authorities and institutions. However, this was the first... read more →
Mar 27

Women at forefront of French protests

March 2023 - Protests are often "testosterone-fuelled events", as the Guardian newspaper puts it, but women are at the forefront of current pension protests in France. With childcare and more part-time jobs, France’s women have to work longer for smaller pensions than their male colleagues, and their anger is rising.... read more →
Mar 01

Tracy Adhiambo – using ICT skills to build capacity

Tracy Adhiambo is a secretary for the Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers. Last year she was part of a youth group that received strategic ICT training from IFWEA through a collaboration with IndustriALL. Part of the training involved learning how to make a database for Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs)... read more →
Feb 28

ITUC continues to stand by Ukraine

February 2023 - "One year since it launched its illegal and brutal invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s campaign of murder and terror against the Ukrainian people continues, with the complicity of Belarus." So says the ITUC in a statement released to coincide with the marking of a year since the brutal... read more →
Feb 16

Nina Langit-Garcia joins the IFWEA team

Nina Langit-Garcia is based in the Philippines, and she joins the IFWEA Secretariat as an Educator/Online Education Assistant. We asked Nina how she came to be involved in workers’ education, and what she is looking forward to this year: Tell us a bit about your background, and how you came... read more →
Jan 31

Release Belarus trade union leaders and activists

January 2023 - Leaders of independent trade unions have been sentenced by a court in Belarus to  harsh prison terms up to nine years on politically motivated charges. At least 16 leaders and activists of independent unions have already been sentenced to lengthy prison terms or restriction of freedom. This... read more →
Jan 31

BWI and IFWEA: Building together

Garikanai Shoko is the Regional Education Officer for BWI Africa and the Middle East, responsible for all programmes in the region but also working closely with BWI sub regional coordinators and affiliates project coordinators. Education and training is one of the areas he works on to ensure BWI Africa capacitates... read more →
Jan 20

Hamba Kahle Myrtle Witbooi

Myrtle Witbooi, a pioneering leader of the domestic worker movement died on January 16 2023 in Cape Town at age 75. Under South Africa’s apartheid rule, she began to organise women in the garage of her employer and went on to become president of the first global union led by... read more →
Nov 29

#I Stand with Migrant Workers

December 2022 - As the FIFA World Cup is played out Qatar, BWI and its trade union affiliates are calling for a global wave of support for migrant workers amongst activists, football fans, players, sports communities and the general public. In a statement backing the #WithMigrantWorkers campaign, it was pointed... read more →
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Oct 21

YGAP 2022 live at Community House!

Meet the 2022 YGAP delegates here. See the Postcard presentation videos here See the YGAP 2022 Postcards here For the first time since 2019, the flagship IFWEA Youth Global Awareness Programme (YGAP) was held in person, at Community House in Cape Town, South Africa. Nineteen participants from organisations including ISD,... read more →
Oct 11

IFWEA at the Moodle Moot Global Conference: Education for the Future

What does ‘Education for the future’ hold for us? Introduction IFWEA Secretariat Educators Renaldi Prinsloo and Melanie Julie, attended and presented at the annual Moodle Moot Global 2022 conference this year in Barcelona, Spain, with the theme 'Education for the Future'. Our participants from the global IFWEA community are already... read more →
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 →