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IFWEA e-bulletin 36 / Latest News from the Global Community of Worker Educators / first quarter 2017 including:

  • Secretariat News: IFWEA Programme Highlights and Affiliate News Highlghts 
  • Resources and Multimedia
  • Solidarity In Action - Campaigns

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IFWEA Affiliate and Secretariat News

SRI LANKA: Institute For Sociall Development "Annual Convocation & Diploma Award Ceremony – 2017 (National Institute of Social Development)"

'34 graduands of Bachelor of Social Work will be conferred the Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and 213 students who have successfully completed the Diploma in Counselling will be awarded their Diploma Certificates at this Ceremony.'

DANMARK "AOF: Overvej ekspertgruppens anbefalinger grundigt"- John Meinert Jacobsen.

"DEBAT: Regeringen bør tænke sig grundigt om, før den kaster sig ud i det eksperiment, som ekspertudvalget foreslår med sine anbefalinger til, hvordan man får flere unge til at tage en ungdomsuddannelse," skriver AOF's direktør, John Meinert Jacobsen.

USA: United Association for Labor Education (UALE) Annual Conference "Rethink, Rebuild, Revitalize: Education, Labor, Community" Detroit, Michigan April 5-8, 2017

"IFWEA President Sue Schurman and General Secretary Sahra Ryklief addressed the conference on education for global solidarity as part of a panel the panel are moderator Elise Bryant and contributors Kent Wong from UCLA labor Centre and Shawna Bader-Blau from the Solidarity Centre of the AFL-CIO."

GLOBAL - SOUITH AFRICA / IRELAND: "IFWEA launches the project in Limerick and Cape Town"

"This year IFWEA launches the Making your Mark project. Targeting young people between the ages of 16 and 25 years, the project aims to make equality and human rights real for young people through equipping them to promote political participation for youth social justice and inclusion."

GLOBAL - BOLIVIA Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP) - Educator Profile: Yoshida Quinteros, Bolivia

“We have so much in common, in the end we all are human and live in the same world.” This is what Yoshida Quinteros discovered while attending YGAP in 2016. In this interview she tells us how she started doing education work, and why it is important for her to translate the lyrics of the solidarity song #ICANTKEEPQUIET into Spanish.

GLOBAL - SWEDEN Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP) - Educator Profile: Jenny Andersson, Sweden

"Together we are strong!" says Jenny Andersson, who attended YGAP in 2016. In this profile she talks with us about her work as a popular educator, co-ordinating and facilitating study circles - and exploring using creativity to educate on democratic practice.

BOLIVIA "#ICANTKEEPQUIET" Song in Solidarity with the Women's Movement in USA and Globally - Spanish Translation by Yoshida Quinteros, Bolivia

ESPAÑOL: "...No puedo callar, no oh oh / No puedo callar, no oh oh / Un motín de una mujer, oh oh oh / No puedo callar / Por nadie / Nunca más..."

GLOBAL / ARGENTINA "The #ITFyouth conference has wrapped up in Argentina. Watch young transport workers from your region and section in action..."

"La Conferencia de la Juventud ITF ya ha concluido en Argentina. Vean a los trabajadores del transporte de sus regiones y secciones en plena acción... La conférence des jeunes de l'ITF en Argentine vient de se terminer. Regardez les jeunes travailleuses et travailleurs de votre section ou votre région à l'œuvre! #itfyouth... #WeAreITF #SomosITF #NousSommesITF"

INDIA - THAILAND: Indian Academy for Self Employed Women (IASEW)

'A group of 28 delegates from Homenet Thailand visited Indian Academy For Self Employed women on 20th March 2017.'


"The affiliate of StreetNet International in Tanzania (TUICO) and VIBINDO, an organization of economic operators in the informal sector in Tanzania, benefited from training courses on collective bargaining in the informal economy, organized from 21 to 25 February 2017 at the Msimbazi Centre in Dar Es Salam."

SOUTH AFRICA - Women on Farms Project Protest

"After Francois Smit's interim interdict to prevent the community's right to lawful protest was suspended in the High Court, the community have vowed to have daily pickets outside his BP garage. Mr Smit and his expensive teams of lawyers and advocates should note that the Gatherings Act allows pickets of 15 or fewer people without giving notice."

SOUTH AFRICA "Towards an Education Association" Workshop, Cape Town 11th to 12th March 2017

The 'Study Circles for Social Change' programme held a workshop with 25 study circle facilitators for 2 days. The study circle facilitators engaged about the need, structure and programme of the association they would like to establish.

GLOBAL - SOUTH AFRICA: International Women's Day (IWD) "ICANTKEEPQUIET" Study Circle in Solidarity with Women's Movement in USA and Globally

The "ICANTKEEPQUIET" study circle commemorated IWD in Cape Town at Community House by singing the Womens' March on Washington Solidarity Anthem that they have been learning.

NEPAL: CLASS Nepal's Goma Pandey begins "Study Circle" Course via Online Labour Academy

Goma Pandey of CLASS Nepal has started the orientation of the online course on Study Circles. Wish them success on the learning journey.

SOUTH AFRICA - SWEDEN: Introduction to Olof Palme International Center Intern at Secretariat - Tajma Sisic

Tajma Sisic started to go to political study circles when she was 16, and after a while she realised that capitalism is the main reason behind inequality, and that solidarity is very important ."Olof Palme is one of my biggest role models, he truly knew the meaning behind solidarity and why it is important. Sometimes I wish Olof Palme could visit us again, and remind us all of how important solidarity is."

INDIA: Indian Academy for Self-Employed Workers (IASEW) begins Women's Leadership Online Course

IFWEA Executive Member and Director of IASEW Namrata Bali conducts a lecture during first session of women's leadership skill online course supported by IFWEA. See the videos of the first sessions and join IASEW on Facebook

USA "Who'll be our next Labor Secretary?" Marketplace Morning Report featuring IFWEA President Sue Schurman

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST "Who'll be our next Labor Secretary? SMLR Distinguished Professor Sue Schurman weighs in on the issue during an interview with Marketplace."

THAILAND, INDIA and SOUTH AFRICA "Informal Workers' Access To Healthcare

'This video by WIEGO and partners, Asiye eTafuleni(AeT) in South Africa; HomeNet Thailand; and the Self-Employed Women's Association in India tells the stories of informal workers and the difficulties they face in accessing health services in their respective countries. It also presents some of the solutions that each of these organizations has developed to mitigate against these barriers to access.

USA - Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) Informs Coverage of Trump Administration's Labor Policy featuring IFWEA President Prof. Sue Schurman

"National news organizations are turning to the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) to inform their coverage of the Trump Administration’s labor policy... In recent interviews and op-eds, seven faculty members in SMLR’s Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations have discussed what the nation’s changing political landscape could mean for collective bargaining, healthcare, labor unions, minimum wage earners, worker protections, and more."

UK - Workers' Educational Association (WEA UK) Festival Of Learning

"There's just one week to go before nominations open for this year's Festival of Learning. Which learner, tutor, employer or project will you be nominating for an award? "

GLOBAL - UGANDA, NIGER, NEPAL, PHILIPPINES, COLOMBIA via International Transport Workers' Federation

"Informal transport workers are being heard! See how these workers are running the only public transport in some countries, and how ITF unions are helping them to influence law-makers, policy-makers and city planners."

PERU - PLADES (Programa Laboral de Desarrollo)

"El Sindicato Único de Vendedores de Golosinas de Arequipa ha ido mejorando con el tiempo, la experiencia y conocimiento que han ganado y ahora su sindicato cuenta desde hace muchos años con un cargo en el Comité Ejecutivo de la Federación Departamental de Trabajadores de Arequipa. Ahora tienen Ordenanzas Municipales que reconocen su derecho al puesto de trabajo, a un salario mensual y a la renovación anual."


YGAP "Postcards from the South" 2016

SOUTH AFRICA - IFWEA's 5th annual Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP) took place at the Secretariat in Cape Town South Africa from Sunday 30th October to Saturday 12th November 2016. The Nordic School and the Foundation Leadership Skills School programmes were based at the Secretariat at Community House in Salt River, Cape Town. The YGAP participants produced "Postcards from the South" to chronicle their experience.

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 ▶️ View the "Postcards from the South" on IFWEA's You Tube channel



Weekly Labour News

INDIA "India: workers vow to fight Maruti Suzuki murder charges" by Sindhy Menon

'One of India’s most acrimonious workers’ struggles in recent memory continues to reverberate following a court judgment which found more than a dozen workers guilty of murder. On 18 March 2017, the Gurugram District and Sessions Court in the northern India state of Haryana sentenced 13 workers at the Maruti Suzuki India Limited plant in Manesar to life imprisonment for criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and murder for their alleged involvement in the deadly clashes that broke out at the car plant in July 2012.'

TURKEY: 'TÜMTİS and the case that “threatens all trade unions in Turkey” '

'Six days a week for nine long months, Turkish road transport workers picketed outside three UPS transfer centres in Istanbul and İzmir, demanding the right to organise their workplaces. As more union members were dismissed from their jobs, the picket lines grew, holding firm even when riot police aggressively tried to break them up.'

FRANCE: "France: where migrant solidarity is criminalised and citizenship rights are being redefined" by Farhad Mirza

"The difference between a citizen and an activist is a line drawn in sand. Pierre-Alain Mannoni, a 45-year-old university professor from Nice, didn’t intend to become an activist – in fact, he still rejects the tag. But when a simple gesture of kindness towards three migrant women provoked the ire of the French authorities, he found no difference between his duties as a citizen and his role as an activist."

FRANCE "What lies ahead for France’s 100,000 foie gras workers?" by Olivia Dehez

"When the men in medical overalls finished loading her 1,200 ducks to take them off for slaughter one windy afternoon in February, the owner of the premises moved a few steps away to hide her tears. Corinne Potier, an open-air duck breeder and producer of foie gras in the south-western French department of Landes, was watching months of work being taken away from her."

EUROPEAN UNION "The EU at 60: tackling growing inequality and protecting social rights" by

'This Saturday, 25 March, will mark the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome which launched the process of European integration. This provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the future of Europe, and to deepen a debate which all too often has boiled down to whether we need more or less Europe.'

UK "Train drivers refuse to cross picket lines" by ITV Updates

'Disruption is worsening as more drivers than expected refuse to cross picket lines. Merseyrail had hoped to run almost half its services, but "many" drivers took the decision not to work today. The company said it was running around 20% of services, far fewer than previously advertised. Trains were still running on most routes, every half an hour, but they were not stopping at every station.'