The Daily Newscasts

Posted Monday to Friday at 17:00 GMT

October 17 to 21, 2016

▶ Child labour and poverty-level wages on coffee plantations ▶ The growing gender wage gap as women grow older ▶ An ILO Convention on violence against women and men needed ▶ The LabourStart report about union events around the world

10 mins


Thursday Gender wage gap for UK women increases as they get older / How not to buy coffee products produced by slaves and children

5 mins


Wednesday A Finnwatch report about Honduras, India and Brazil / Five year old children working on coffee plantations / Coffee workers in India pay huge fees to brokers

5 mins


Tuesday The African Growth and Opportunity Act / Fighting for labour rights in the US-African trade agreement

5 mins


Monday Negotiations to give corporations control of public services re-start / Global unions demand end to Trade in Services Agreement talks / TISA negotiations being conducted in secret with multinationals

5 mins


Scripts and Downloads

Interviews and
featured programmes

Child labour and slavery
in coffee plantations

Kultilahti A study about coffee farms in Brazil, Honduras and India has found child labour, poor wages and huge brokerage fees. A RadioLabour interview with Finnwatch researcher Anu Kultalahti.
Duration: 7'03"

A racist facist for US president?

Trump One of the major political parties in the United States has nominated a racist facist as its nominee for president. Fighting back with song: "Blame the Republicans"
Duration: 5'40"

Did Mexico kill
43 teachers-in-training?

Brexit 43 teachers-in-training disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Mexico in 2014. A RadioLabour interview with Randi Weingarten, the President of the American Federation of Teachers
Duration: 3'25"

UK unions call for
protections during Brexit

Brexit Francis O'Grady, the General-Secretary of the UK's Trades Union Congress is demanding that workers be protected as the country leaves the European Union.
Duration: 5'00"

Labour says "Welcome"
to world's refugees

Refugees The international labour movement is calling for more support for the world’s 14 million refugees. A RadioLabour report featuring the General-Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow.
Duration: 1'59"

UK labour fights for
pregnant workers

Pregnancy discrimination Unions in the UK are fighting discrimination against women who decide to have a child while employed.
Duration: 2'33"

Fighting for labour rights at UNCTAD 14

UNCTAD 14 The UN Conference on Trade and Development was held in Nairobi Kenya July 17 to 22, 2016. An interview with Celeste Drake, the Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist at the AFL-CIO of the United States.

Agence France Presse
stealing from photographers

Agence France Presse Agence France Presse wants freelance photographers to sign contracts which will allow the company to use their works in other media, forever. A RadioLabour interview with Jeremy Dear, the Deputy-General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists - the IFJ.

Public employees and the Ecuadorian earthquake

Ecuadorian earthquake Hundreds were killed and thousands injured in the 2016 Ecuadorian earthquake. The public employees who responded were victims too. A RadioLabour interview with PSI representative Verónica Montúfar.

Mexican police kill nine at teachers' demonstration

Oaxaca killings On June 20 2016 Mexican police attacked a demonstration of teachers and their supporters in Oaxaca killing nine and wounding a hundred. The American Federation of Teachers called on the US government to protest the killings. A RadioLabour interview with AFT President Randi Weingarten.

Global union starts new programme to help
garment workers

Jenny Holdcroft IndustriALL, the global union which represents garment workers, is working with clothing brands to win a living wage for the workers. A RadioLabour report featuring the Policy Director of IndustriALL, Jenny Holdcroft
Duration: 5'00"

Respect for labour rights
decreases world-wide

Global Rights Index The International Trade Union Confederation's 2016 Global Rights Index shows a dramatic drop in respect for labour rights in most regions of the world. A RadioLabour special report featuring ITUC General-Secretary Sharan Burrow.
Duration: 4'50"

Colombia not respecting
labour rights provision
of trade deal

Colombia Labour organizations have filed a complaint with the United States government saying that Colombia has not lived up to an agreement to respect labour rights. A RadioLabour interview with Jeffry Vogt, the Director of the Legal Unit of the International Trade Union Confederation.
Duration: 10'31"

Young worker solidarity
with Palestinian truck drivers

ITF-Palestine The International Transport Workers Federation sponsored a study tour by young unionists of a border-crossing project in Palestine.
Duration: 10'31"

Panama papers show
billions in taxes being evaded

Panama Papers Documents from a Panamanian company show how corporations and the wealthy hide their money from tax authorities. A RadioLabour interview with Pierre Habbard, a Senior Policy Advisor for the Trade Union Advisory Committee of the OECD (TUAC).
Duration: 5'10"

UN tells Egypt
to respect labour rights

Egypt The ILO has told Egypt it must allow independent unions and investigate the murder of Italian labour researcher Giulio Regeni.
Duration: 1'44"

World Health Day

World Health Day April 7, World Health Day, is used by unions to fight for better wages and working conditions for health care workers.
Duration: 5'00"

Huge document release
shows how rich avoid taxes

Taz Cheats The release of documents from a Panamanian company specializing in tax avoidance schemes shows how rich people and corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes which could be used to pay for public services.
Duration: 5'00"

The women who lead the international labour movement

IWD 2016 The 70 million women in unions and their supporters celebrate March 8 as International Women's Day. A RadioLabour Special Report featuring many of the women leaders of the international labour movement.
Duration: 16'00"

Thousands of unionists
attending online course

Global Labour University The Global Labour University (GLU) started a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on March 3, 2016 with the theme of the course "Workers’ Rights in a Global Economy". A special report featuring Frank Hoffer, Senior Research Officer, ILO-ACTRAV.
Duration: 2'56"

Huge deal
for corporations signed

Trans-Pacific Partnership 12 countries have signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a trade deal covering 40% of the world's economy and negotiated in secret for corporations.
Duration: 5'00"

Bangladesh trade agreement
with EU under review

Bangladesh The government of Bangladesh is failing to live up to the promises it made after the Rana Plaza disaster.
Duration: 5'00"

Labour tells Davos elites
to focus on creating jobs

Sharan Burrow The World Economic Forum has been told to ensure that technological change creates jobs. A RadioLabour programme featuring ITUC General-Secretary Sharan Burrow.
Duration: 2'48"

Preparing for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 The theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum is the transformation of economies towards even more reliance on electronics and computerized production. A RadioLabour interview with Jyrki Raina, the General-Secretary of IndustriALL.
Duration: 3'44"

UK government making
strikes almost impossible

UK Trade Union Bill The UK's right-wing Conservative government has launched the most vicious attack on unions since the Thatcher regime with its anti-strike Trade Union Bill.
Duration: 13'44"

Going green in UK workplaces

Chris Baugh The Public and Commericial Services union (the PCS) in the UK is at the forefront of the labour movement's fight for greener, more sustainable, economies. A RadioLabour interview with Chris Baugh, the Assistant General-Secretary of the PCS
Duration: 10'46"

Global supply chains
now moving people

Global supply chains Global supply chains are now moving thousands of people around the world to provide public services. A report featuring PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli.
Duration: 4'24"

China cracks down on
independent union organizers

China and independent unions Chinese authorities are harassing and imprisoning activists trying to organize independent unions in the manufacturing region of Guangdong.
Duration: 2'20"

Teachers fighting for
better education in Iran

Teachers in Iran The Iranian government is ensuring teachers can't teach effectively. A RadioLabour interview with Iranian teacher union activist Akbar Zareein.
Duration: 13'53"

Migrants deserve
decent public services

International Migrants Day A RadioLabour interview with Nadja Salson of the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)
Duration: 7'12"

mistreatment of unionists

UNISON and Colombia Colombia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for labour unionists. A RadioLabour interview with Nick Crook, the head of the international department of UNISON in the UK.
Duration: 9'20"

Labour tells national leaders
to support a just
climate change transition

Climate change The International Trade Union Confederation is calling on its affilated organizations to pressure national leaders at the Paris climate conference to devise a just transition for workers. A RadioLabour interview with ITUC General-Secretary Sharan Burrow.
Duration: 5'00"

Mexican and US teacher unions
working together for students

US-Mexico teacher unions The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Mexico’s Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) are working to build cross-border education initiatives. A RadioLabour interview with the President of the Texas AFT, Louis Malfaro.
Duration: 5'20"

UN committee votes against
pirate driving company Uber

ILO against Uber An ILO committee is asking governments to ban the driving company Uber or make it act legally. A RadioLabour interview with Tony Sheldon the National Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) in Australia.
Duration: 4'33"

Week of Action for
contact centre workers

Contact centre workers The global union UNI conducted a Week of Action for contact centre workers. A RadioLabour interview with Alan Tate, head of UNI's ICTS department
Duration: 9'00"

Fighting to reduce the
stigma attached to HIV/AIDS

HIV AIDS Labour organizations are helping to reduce the stigma related to HIV/AIDS. A RadioLabour interview with Dr. Asif Altaf, the Global HIV/AIDS Coordinator for the International Transport Workers Federation.
Duration: 9'35"

Children used for gold
mining in the Philippines

Child gold miners Children in the Philippines are being used for underwater mining and sifting for gold with poisonous chemicals
Duration: 4'29"

Organizing and
protecting migrant workers

Migrant workers The Bulding and Woodworkers International has held its first Global Migration Conference. A RadioLabour interview with Jin Sook Lee, BWI's Migration, Gender and Campaigns Director
Duration: 8'49"

President of International
Domestic Workers' Federation
awarded prestigious prize

Mrytle Witbooi Myrtle Witbooi, the President of the International Domestic Workers' Federation, has been granted the 2015 Fairness award for her work to have domestic workers covered by ILO Convention 189.
Duration: 2'52"

Warnings about digi-sharks
causing unemployment

Philip Jennings New digital technologies will result in millions of job losses unless corporate "digi-sharks" face up to their reponsibilities. A RadioLabour report featuring the General-Secretary of UNI global union, Philip Jennings.
Duration: 2'19"

Australian unions
building a better future

Australian unions Australia unions have started a campaign to build a better future for the country.
Duration: 4'25"

Investment of workers' capital should respect workers' rights

Workers' capital Investment of workers' funds in pension plans should respect the rights of workers employed by the companies being invested in. An interview with Paddy Crumlin, the President of the International Transport Workers Federation.
Duration: 6'33"

Labour gets quality education
into UN's long-term goals

Education and UN The United Nations has set its Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years. Education International has been at the forefront of making sure that quality education is one of those goals. EI President Susan Hopgood spoke to the UN Assembly about the necessity for free, public, quality, education.
Duration: 3'08"

Woodworkers hit hard
by climate change

BWI and Climate Change Wood workers, especially in developing countries, are suffering the effects of climate change. A RadioLabour interview with the President of the Building and Wood Workers International, Per-Olof Sjöö.
Duration: 4'23"

Attack on fair share
union fees in US

Union fees The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case which could have devastating effects on public sector unions. A RadioLabour interview with Elaine Bernard, the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.
Duration: 7'09"


More Feature Programmes

Strong public sector unions needed to combat epidemics.
Duration: 3'16"

Football club FC Barcelona has told to end sponsorship deal with Qatari Airlines.
Duration: 6'43"

UNISON conducted a Route of Shame action on December 10, Human Rights Day, to highlight the abuse of labour rights in six countries
Duration: 5'00"

The UK government's massive attack on union rights
Duration 3'27"

Dying of cancer the President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Helen Kelly plans to fight on for workers.
Duration: 2'25"

250 union leaders attended a global labour conference on climate in Paris September 14 and 15, 2015. They were preparing for a major United Nations climate conference to be held in Paris November 30 to December 11, 2015
Duration: 5'02"

The global union IndustriALL organized its first World Womens' Conference, September 14-16, 2015 in Vienna.
Duration 6'05"

The Deepwater Container Terminal in Gdansk, Poland, has fired yet another Solidarnosc union activist.
Duration 10'37"

Andy Hall, a British labour researcher based in Thailand, prisonfor a report on the conditions of migrant workers.
Duration 5'51"

Malaysian paper company workers fight for a union.
Duration 2'01"

Asbestos again not included in list of dangerous substances
Duration 6'49"

Unions fight for release of leader of Iranian Teachers' Association
Duration 9'33"

Swaziland government re-registers central labour federation
Duration 5'00"

World Public Services Day, 2015
Duration 5'00"

ITUC calls on labour organizations to lobby for policies aimed at a just transition to low carbon economies.
Duration 3'00"

Global union federation charges FIFA at OECD
Duration 4'59"


East African unions working together for decent work
Duration 4'29"


Free trade deals favour corporations over public policy
Duration 5'06"

Uber creates poverty level jobs
Duration 4'54"

Mexican government shamed into
accepting ILO law on collective bargaining
Duration 12'57"

Governments need to protect public services
and public service workers.
Duration 4'57"

Global trade deal aims at
privatizing education

McDonald's avoids paying
1 billion in European taxes

Labour's use of radio
Global Week of Action
to improve public education

Thousands march against
US-EU trade deal

Global Day of Action for lowly paid workers
Guatemala bans collective bargaining
in public sector

More RadioLabour feature programmes

Scripts and Downloads

Monday October 17, 2016
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Tuesday October 18, 2015
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Wednesday October 19, 2015
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Thursday October 20, 2016
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Friday October 14, 2016
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