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Benin unions agree to cooperate

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:50

Defending the right to strike, signing up more members, promoting participatory democracy, forming a women’s committee, and building solidarity among the unions are some of the commitments agreed upon at a recent meeting in Cotonou, Benin.

BASF: South American workers analyze impacts of Industry 4.0

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 08:14

The regional union network has two decades of settled social dialogue in South America with the largest chemical company, German-based BASF. The 2018 session, held on 11 and 12 July in Sao Paulo, Brazil, addressed the impacts of Industry 4.0 on employment and labour relations.

US: locked out National Grid workers denied healthcare

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 06:27

British multinational utility company National Grid has locked out 1,200 members of United Steelworkers Locals 12003 and 12012 and denied them access to healthcare.

South East Asia cement unions call for sustainable future

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 03:29

Trade union representatives from cement unions in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines came together in Padang, Indonesia on 16 and 17 July - on the eve of the fifth Congress of Indonesian cement union FSP-ISI, held on the 18th and 19th – to reinforce their networking.

Deadly Georgian mine closed after multiple fatalities

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:40

The Mindeli coal mine in Tkibuli, Georgia, has been closed after four miners were killed, and six others were injured.

South Africa: Six workers die in underground fire at copper mine

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:20

With six mineworkers killed and 48 injured in an underground fire at Palabora Copper Mine in the Limpopo Province caused by a burning conveyor belt, increasingly South African mines are becoming death-traps for mine workers.

Bangladesh Accord arbitration cases - resulting in millions-of-dollars in settlements - officially closed

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 05:10

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has announced that two landmark cases against multinational fashion brands brought under the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety have been officially closed.  The tribunal hearing the case issued termination orders this week, and the cases were brought by global unions IndustriALL and UNI.

South Africa: Footwear strike for a living wage enters second week

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:42

Thousands of workers in the footwear sector are on strike for a second week demanding a wage increase of 9.5 per cent while the employers are offering 6.25 per cent.

Fiat Chrysler/CNHi Union Network adopts three-year work plan and calls on the company to recognize the trade union body

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:46

The Fiat Chrysler/CNHi global union network held its annual meeting in Torino, Italy and formulated a detailed three-year work plan. The group urges the company to recognize the network and to enter into discussions for a formal cooperation.

India: Six workers die at Gerdau steel plant

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:24

Six workers died and three more workers are under treatment in a gas leak accident at the Gerdau steel plant at Tadipatri of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh on 12 July. 

Turkish court sentences Soma bosses up to 22 years in prison over deadliest mine disaster

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:54

After a four-year judicial process, a local penal court in Turkey has handed down prison sentences to the former management of the Soma mine following the killings of 301 people in the country’s worst ever mining disaster in May 2014. 

Unions form global network and seek to expand partnership with ArcelorMittal

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:23

Unions at ArcelorMittal have formed a global network and committed to pursue global social dialogue with the world’s largest steel company.

Norwegian oil company to collaborate with Ghanaian unions

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 03:30

Norway’s Aker Energy, which bought oil exploration and production licences for the Tano Cape Three Points Block in Ghana from Hess Corporation early this year will collaborate with trade unions on workers’ rights  including freedom of association and the right to organize, membership recruitment, and social dialogue.

Zambia: Mining union on recruitment blitz

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 10:13

“I will be smiling all the way to Kitwe,” says Brenda Mufika, the Copperbelt Regional Coordinator, of the Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ), after signing a recognition agreement with Smech Engineering Services in the Sinazongwe District of the Southern Province of Zambia on 12 July.

Goodyear Mexico fires workers for setting up their own union

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 08:05

Goodyear has unfairly dismissed dozens of workers employed at its factory in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, for the sole reason that they wanted to organize themselves in an independent, free and democratic union.

GEA management concedes to talks after strike at Italian plant

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 05:43

GEA management from Germany has agreed to attend talks with trade unions and local government officials in Italy over plans by the company to sell its oil and gas refrigeration division in Castel Maggiore. 

Turkey: Workers at Mayr-Melnhof on strike demanding dignified conditions

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 07:20

Around 250 workers from IndustriALL Global Union’s Turkish affiliate, Selüloz-Is, are on strike at factories of packaging company MM Süperpak Ambalaj, a subsidiary of Austrian-based Mayr-Melnhof, after the union rejected management’s offer of a zero per cent wage increase in exchange for employment security.

Ukrainian miners protest to get paid

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 07:22

Some 800 miners in the Ukraine took part in a mass protest in front of the Ukrainian parliament on 5 July, demanding payment of salary arrears and the adoption of a law in support of the coal industry.

Conference sets path for Asia-Pacific textile and garment sector

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 06:51

Sixty-five representatives from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the textile, garment, shoes and leather industries (TGSL) gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 1 July for the IndustriALL Asia-Pacific regional sector conference.

Zambian unions petition Dangote on violation of workers’ rights

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:20

After recruiting and organizing over 500 workers at the Dangote Cement plant in Masaiti on the outskirts of Ndola, Zambian unions are being prevented from meeting with their members and collecting membership fees because of the company’s blatant violation of workers’ rights and union busting practices.

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