The Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) are jointly commemorating International Migrant Workers Day on 18 December under the theme ‘We are all Migrants’.
As a response to the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, BWI will hold a webinar on 16 November to discuss ways to introduce active and transparent monitoring mechanisms to ensure the compliance of projects financed by international financial institutions (IFIs) to internationally-recognised and accepted labour standards. The online event is part of BWI’s third round of webinars dubbed as “Workers Voices.”
BWI called for the immediate release of Kyrgzstan trade union leader Kanatbek Osmonov, who was charged with criminal cases and placed under house arrest by the government. Osmonov is the Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Kyrgyzstan (FTUKg) and President of the Kyrgyzstan Forestry Workers Union.
Many states in India are using COVID-19 as an excuse to suspend labour laws and attack workers’ rights as the central government of Narendra Modi continues its assault on the trade union movement. Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have announced extensive changes, increasing working hours from 8 to 12 hours, introducing fixed term employment and suspended or providing exemptions to labour laws. Many other states have also introduced changes.
Facing an “economic tsunami” that has already decimated millions of jobs worldwide due to COVID-19, BWI launched on Monday the COVID-19 Solidarity Initiative to help prepare affiliates cushion the ill-effects of the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and that of the workers in our sectors, with new risks and fears not only for health and safety but for our overall wellbeing and that of our families and communities.
Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, the BWI in consultation with our affiliates in Spain have decided to postpone the 1st BWI Global Women in Trades Conference until November 2020. Further details will come as we regularly assess the situation. For any questions or inquires please contact firstname.lastname@example.org