Breakthrough in Bangladesh as unionists and garment workers are freed following international pressure
**UPDATED** The 35 Bangladeshi unionists and garment workers arrested since December last year have all been released. This follows an international campaign led by IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union against the Bangladesh government’s crackdown on the labour movement.
After a series of protests by the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), victims of the massive accident at Gadani shipbreaking yard received compensation on 9th February 2017.
As discussions on a potential acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall by the PSA Group continue, IG Metall and the Opel/Vauxhall European Works Council met with representatives from the French car manufacturer on 20 February.
Since 2014 IndustriALL affiliates in India have organized more than 63,000 new members, including a large number of precarious workers.
The European Parliament has voted to support a proposal to revise its Emissions Trading System Directive, which would allow for some of the funds raised by the auction or sale of emissions certificates to be used for Just Transition measures, such as labour market adjustment programmes.
1,000 workers at the Primero Mining Corporation in Durango, Mexico, are striking after negotiations with management on a new collective agreement failed.
The first Middle East and North Africa regional mining workshop was held on 30 November and 1 December 2016 in Casablanca, Morocco.
Some 4,000 metalworkers rallied in front of the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea on the 15 February vowing to smash plans to restructure the world’s largest shipbuilding company.
Protests have been taking place in over 16 cities, including Berlin, Geneva, London, Brussels, The Hague, Washington D.C., New York, Ottawa, Kathmandu, and Seoul.
Oil workers in the Ivory Coast have held a three-day strike in protest at the mismanagement of state-owned oil company, Petroci, and the withdrawal of workers’ rights and benefits.
IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Thailand have met with the Ministry of Labour in Bangkok to pursue concerns highlighted in complaint made to the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The Natural Denims Ltd. Sommilito Sramik Union has signed a two year collective agreement with the company for the first time.
On 14 February, an international solidarity action with workers of the Rustavi Azot chemical plant, and the Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG), took place in Rustavi, Georgia.
IndustriALL Global Union joined 475 participants from 31 countries in Cape Town, South Africa from 6-8 February 2017 to represent workers at the Alternative Mining Indaba.
The IndustriALL Global Union Asia-Pacific executive committee met in Singapore on 10 February 2017. This was the first meeting of the committee to take place since global congress, and progress was made towards advancing the action plan.
The IndustriALL Global Union Asia-Pacific women’s committee met in Singapore on 9th February 2017 to take stock of progress made by affiliates and develop future strategies to intensify efforts to defend women workers’ rights.
A further nine trade union members from an IndustriALL Global Union affiliate in Bangladesh were arrested over the weekend as the government crackdown on garment workers escalates.
Two miners were killed and another seriously injured in an accident at a coal mine in the Mahi Toor Ghar area of Harnai Baluchistan province on 5 February.
The Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG), an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, is organizing a major protest rally on 14 February 2016 to demand the reinstatement of 350 workers illegally dismissed from the Rustavi Azot plant.
New guidelines aiming to transform risk assessment in the garment and footwear sector have been launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris on 8 February.