International Workers Day, held every year on May 1, is a celebration of workers’ rights, social justice, equity and democracy. Founded by socialists in the late 19th century, the date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when police fired on workers who were striking to establish the eight hour work […]
Unfortunately, all too often, governments and the global corporations they support do not respect the rights of workers and unions. Many times they act against workers in violation of their own domestic and international laws. Through our relationship with LabourStart and other global solidarity organizations, the CCU supports the right of workers to participate in and form unions without fear of intimidation, interference or loss of liberty.
We encourage our members and guests to our website to make use of this page to review the daily labour news from Canada and around the world. We ask you to take a few moments to support the global solidarity campaigns that appear here. Add your voice to the struggle for workers rights at home and abroad.
Every April 22nd, stakeholders of all backgrounds come together to advance sustainability and climate action in commemoration of Earth Day. Our world needs transformation. It’s time for the people of the world to hold governments and the private sector accountable for their role in our environmental crisis while also calling for bold, creative, and innovative […]
Every year, the Confederation of Canadian Unions celebrates International Women’s Day. It’s the global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The celebration has occurred for well over a century, with the first one created by the socialist movement in 1910. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Every […]
Donate Now Canadians throughout the country are shocked and saddened by the destruction caused by Hurricane Fiona. Starting on September 24, the hurricane charged through eastern Quebec and all four eastern provinces, producing wind speeds up to 179 km per hour, causing mass flooding, enormous damage to buildings and housing, wiping out power for over […]
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health […]
International Workers’ Day, held every year on May 1, is a celebration of workers’ rights, social justice, equity and democracy. Founded by socialists in the late 19th century, the date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when police fired on workers who were striking to establish the eight hour work […]
The Confederation of Canadian Unions is celebrating International Women’s Day. It’s the global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The celebration has occurred for well over a century, with the first one created by the socialist movement in 1910. It also marks a call to action for women’s empowerment […]
In 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh killed over 1,100 factory workers in the garment sector. Since then, Bangladeshi unions and the global labour movement have fought even harder for stronger health and safety protections and a fair living wage in the country’s garment sector. And for an all too brief period, some […]
Turkey now has more journalists in jail than any other country in the world. Since the failed coup in July of this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used his extended powers to stifle opposition and free speech. Part of this purge of the government’s opponents has been the arrest, detention and harassment of […]
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 21 million people worldwide are currently victims of forced labour. These ongoing human rights violations generate illegal profits of $150 billion (US) per year. Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of forced labour. In November 2014, the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU) released the position paper […]