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March for justice for victims of Vale’s crime

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:34

One year after Brazil's worst environmental, human and work-related disaster, which killed 272 people, 11 bodies remain to be found. Those affected are on a six-day march to condemn the lack of action. 

Iranian oil workers protest against unpaid wages

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 07:27

On 21 January, hundreds of workers at the Bandar Imam Khomeini petrochemical complex in Iran, launched a protest which lasted for several days against precarious work conditions, the non-payment of wages, reduction of bonuses, and end to overtime pay. 

“Vale have murdered us all”

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 03:24

One year ago, the Brumadinho mine disaster took the lives of 272 people. We look at the human impact of an avoidable tragedy caused by corporate greed and negligence.

Union confronts workers’ rights violations at Petrol Oil Kenya

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 02:53

Soon after signing membership forms to join a union, 30 workers at Petro Oil Kenya Limited were dismissed while petrol and diesel stations where the union had majority members were outsourced. The Kenya Petroleum Oil Workers Union (KPOWU), affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, says it will fight against the workers’ and human rights violations and for the reinstatement of the workers.

Mongolian unions calls for reformed labour code

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 22:21

IndustriALL affiliate in Mongolia is urging the parliament to reform the country’s labour code, standardizing miners’ duty roster to 14 days on and 14 days off to ensure mine safety.

Deadlock sets Turkish metalworkers en route to strike

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 04:52

Around 130.000 members from three Turkish metal unions, Türk Metal, Birleşik Metal-İş and Özçelik-İş, are determined to continue their struggle for a fair collective agreement after negotiations fail. Unions are planning a strike next month, if a solution is not found. 

Sanofi unions continue building unity

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 09:51

The French multinational pharmaceutical market leader Sanofi employs IndustriALL members all around the world. The global union has facilitated network building activities amongst Sanofi workers’ unions for the past five years, and will continue to do so in 2020.

Ukrainian unions oppose anti-worker labour law reform

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:21

Ukrainian unions mobilized their members for a “STOP labour slavery” protest action on 15 January in Kiev against the new draft law On Labour introduced to parliament without prior consultation with unions.

ThyssenKrupp unions urge company to keep elevator business

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 08:20

The thyssenkrupp Elevator Group Works Council has written to the management of the troubled firmed urging them not to completely sell off the elevator business to raise funds.

Uruguay becomes first country to ratify ILO Convention 190

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 08:05

Uruguay is the first country in the world to ratify the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Convention 190, which recognizes that violence and harassment in the world of work can constitute a human rights violation.

Stop the split of Eskom, say South Africa unions

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:31

Close to 100 workers picketed outside the offices of power utility Eskom in Johannesburg today, demanding that the process of splitting the state-owned enterprise be stopped.

Accord transition agreement signed in Bangladesh

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 07:08

In a crucial step to continue to ensure Bangladeshi garment workers’ safety, the Accord Steering Committee has signed an agreement with the BGMEA on the transition to an RMG Sustainability Council, as well as the Memorandum and Articles of Association that establish the new body.

Indonesia: fears new bill will destroy workers’ welfare

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 02:30

The Indonesian union movement is vehemently opposing a proposed bill on job creation, saying it will destroy workers’ welfare in near future. Nationwide protests are planned later this month, calling for the controversial bill to be scrapped.

INTERVIEW: Beauty Zibula

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 05:20

From factory to parliament in South Africa.

Indian workers strike back against Modi government’s anti-worker policies

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 08:28

The nation-wide strike on 8 January witnessed the massive participation of over 250 million working people across India. In many states protesting workers were detained, but the strike remained peaceful.

Thai workers dismissed over union activities

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 07:19

A few days after workers at Mizuno Plastic in Thailand established a union, 33 of them were fired.

PROFILE: Bhutanese union established with Japanese support

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 03:00

With the assistance and solidarity support of the Japanese Association of Metal, Machinery and Manufacturing Workers (JAM), affiliated to JCM, the International Labor Union of Bhutan (ILUB) was established in Matsuyama, Japan, on 1 September this year.

Draft labour law in Ukraine restricts union activities

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 02:05

Ukraine has a new draft labour law, which is in contravention of national labour law and international core labour standards, and will seriously undermine fundamental workers’ rights.

STATEMENT: Brazilian National Contact Point fails workers and justice after dam disaster

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 08:30

IndustriALL Global Union and the Building and Wood Workers’ International are disappointed with the performance, including the final statement of the Brazilian National Contact Point in response to their joint complaint  under the OED Guidelines against Vale S.A. and BHP Billiton.

Kazakh leader remains in custody on political motivated charges

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 07:27

On 3 December, the Shymkent court of Kazakhstan rejected the appeal of Erlan Baltabay, a former chairperson of Energy and Oil Workers Union "Decent Work" who was sentenced in June 2019 to seven years in jail on politically motivated charges never proven in court.

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