CAUT is committed to defending the academic freedom, civil liberties and human and trade union rights of academic staff not just in Canada, but around the world. Working closely with organizations such as Education International, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International, CAUT actively supports colleagues facing persecution and harassment. Through solidarity partnerships with national academic staff unions in other countries, CAUT is working to build capacity to improve working conditions and promote professional rights.
CAUT is working closely with the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) representing 20,000 members in upper secondary and tertiary institutions in Ghana to assist in capacity building. The focus has been on developing a leadership training program as well as improving collective bargaining capacity.
CAUT has formed a partnership with the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) a democratic and non-partisan union representing approximately 7,000 university teachers, researchers and staff. It is a federation of faculty and staff unions at Al-Azhar University, Al-Aqsa University, the Islamic University in Gaza, Birzeit University, Al-Najah University, Bethlehem University, Hebron University, Palestinian Polytechnic University, al-Quds University, al-Quds Open University, and the Arab American University. CAUT is assisting PFUUPE in establishing a permanent secretariat, developing a union training program, and building its communications and advocacy capacity.
CAUT is assisting the College Lecturers’ Association of Zimbabwe (COLAZ) in re-establishing its secretariat in Harare, and in organizing a national delegates’ conference. In response to a government-led crack-down on COLAZ officials, CAUT coordinated an international letter-writing campaign that helped pressure the government to end its intimidation of union activists.