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11 years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, Canada’s unions honour victims and continue demands to improve conditions for workers

April 23, 2024
April 24, 2024, marks 11 years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This terrible and avoidable tragedy killed more than 1,134 workers and injured more than 2,600, unveiling the horrific conditions of work for millions of workers in an unregulated industry, not only in Bangladesh but in dozens of other countries as well. This…
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Canada’s unions support Argentinian national strike

January 24, 2024
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), which represents 3 million workers across Canada, together with the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), the regional body of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), express our deep concern for the situation in Argentina. Since its inauguration on December 10, the government of President Javier Milei has promoted several measures that generate profound…
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CLC condemns harassment of Hong Kong trade union activists and leaders

July 14, 2023
The Canadian Labour Congress, representing 3 million Canadian workers, condemns the Hong Kong administration for placing a bounty on the heads of trade unionists, human rights defenders, and pro-democracy activists. Last May, at the 30th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hong Kong labour leader and activist Christopher Mung (Mung Siu-Tat) spoke to Canadian workers about the complete deterioration…
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Statement from Canadian and Québec labour unions in solidarity with the family and colleagues of Shahidul Islam

June 30, 2023
The Canadian and Québec Labour movement, joining workers around the globe, condemn the brutal murder of Shahidul Islam, a 45-year-old father of two and President of the Gazipur unit of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF). The attack took place on June 25, 2023, in the context of his work as a union leader seeking to address a…
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Never again: Canada’s unions mark 10 years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse

April 24, 2023
On April 24, workers in Bangladesh and across the globe will gather to mark the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse and mourn the loss of the more than 1,100 workers who were killed. Over 2,500 workers and their families continue to live with the aftermath of serious injuries sustained in one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.…
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Statement from Bea Bruske: To uphold refugee rights, Canada must suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement

April 4, 2023
OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement today:  “On Refugee Rights Day, we recognize and celebrate the 1985 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that refugee claimants are entitled to fundamental justice. Today, Canada’s unions urge the federal government to uphold the principles of fundamental justice and fulfill its moral duty and international obligation to protect…
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Like Biden, Trudeau should put good union jobs on the agenda

March 22, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in The Hill Times Behind the smiles and handshakes when a U.S. president visits Canada are long hours of painstaking negotiations. Officials plan the trip to the minute and fight it out over every item on the agenda. An agenda that will no doubt include U.S. protectionism and ‘Buy…
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Statement by the Canadian Labour Congress regarding the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

January 14, 2023
The Canadian Labour Congress has expressed its grave concerns about the allegations against Luca Visentini, stemming from an ongoing corruption investigation by the Belgian authorities. Visentini was elected to the position of General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation in Melbourne, Australia, in November 2022. He was subsequently arrested and released with conditions as part of the investigation. Visentini…
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Labour 20 recommendations to G20 Labour and Employment Ministers

September 14, 2022
In advance of a meeting of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers held in Bali, Indonesia on September 14, 2022, the Labour 20, or L20, laid out a series of recommendations to Ministers. The L20 represents trade unions from G20 countries and global unions. The group called on Ministers to lay the foundation of a new social contract and take…
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Bruske to German Chancellor and the G7: Turn from ambition to action on climate and just transition

May 11, 2022
Bruske: We must not trade good jobs for low-quality, precarious work as we accelerate progress on tackling the climate crisis BERLIN – Today in Germany, Bea Bruske delivered a strong message from international labour leaders to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, President of the G7. “When it comes to building a plan to decarbonize every sector of our economies, it is…
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