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03 June 2020 08:08

BWI releases full Asia Pacific report on COVID-19

 

BWI has released on Wednesday its full COVID-19 report on Asia Pacific covering the situation of the region’s different countries and the wide array of initiatives and interventions done by trade union affiliates.
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03 June 2020 05:59

When Tajudin began working for Guangdong Power Engineering Co Ltd, a Chinese construction company building the Sumsel 1 PLTU generator, in 2017, he and the other workers did not understand their rights as workers and the company never informed them. At the time, the workers had no contracts, their wages were below the legal minimum, overtime wages were not paid and there were no legal social protection payments.
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03 June 2020 05:04

On 28 May, the third online BWI Pan-European Presidium meeting took place where it decided to adjust to new realities and develop new strategies such as increasing communication capacities, including online presence, and strengthening international solidarity. Read more...


03 June 2020 04:30

As Eastern European countries started to gradually ease their lockdown and quarantine measures, the negative impact of COVID-19 on construction workers is put on centerstage. Read more...


02 June 2020 12:16

The BWI in Latin America and the Caribbean, together with its trade union affiliates, the Union of Construction Workers (SUNTRACS) of Panama and the Construction Workers Union of the Republic of Argentina (UOCRA), pledged their support to promote decent work for people with disabilities (PWDs) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...


02 June 2020 09:55

Social dialogue, collective bargaining and tripartite agreements are some of the key union tactics that stood out on BWI’s latest “How are you?” COVID-19 webinar last 27 May participated by 40 trade unionists from 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more...


02 June 2020 08:55

The Union of Construction, Carpentry and Craft Enterprises Workers in Rwanda (STECOMA) has maximsed different communication platforms and technologies to reach out to it members and continue its important trade union work despite the physical challenges imposed by the COVID-19 lockdown.Read more...


02 June 2020 06:48

BWI and its affiliate, the Construction Workers Trade Union of São Paulo (Sintracon-SP), have reported that 57 construction workers have died in São Paulo, Brazil due to COVID-19. The tragic news came as the construction industry, classified as an essential activity by the government, continues to operate throughout the lockdown, with many worksites suffering from poor health and safety conditions.
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02 June 2020 05:33

Women are one of the hardest hit sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Burkina Faso, women stone crushers bear the brunt of the economic strain caused by the health crisis. Many workers in the construction sector, particularly women, are retrenched due to the termination of several construction projects in the country. The BWI-affiliated Building and Wood Workers’ Federation of Faso (FTBBF), which is organising the women stone crushers, said that many of them are informal workers, who are extremely vulnerable to the economic impact of COVID-19. Read more...