(WASHINGTON) –– Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters launched the ‘IKEA Hurts Families’ campaign that highlights how far IKEA’s Richmond, British Columbia, Canada store has departed from the original values of the Swedish company. IKEA has locked out 350 workers at its Richmond store without pay for more than six months because the workers voted down a contract proposal with a discriminatory two-tiered wage system.
On the heels of increasing strike activity against Walmart this month, workers worldwide are gearing up for Black Friday protests with a global week of action against Walmart. The international actions are backed by the UNI Global Union to demand respect and good jobs throughout Walmart’s supply chain.
Women working in the school bus and transit industries face unique challenges on a global level. A recent report by the International Transport Workers’ Federation highlights issues faced by school bus and transit drivers worldwide, including drivers in the U.S. and Canada.
After conducting a fact finding inquiry, a panel of international trade union representatives said that they would return home and organize support for more than 300 IKEA workers in Richmond, British Columbia locked out since May.
Oscar López Triviño was murdered on November 9 in the Colombian city of Bugalagrande a day after he and other members of his union, SINALTRAINAL, received death threats from paramilitaries. The union had been on hunger strike at Nestlé beginning November 5. Join global unions demanding the Colombian government take action!