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Belaruskali workers and union leader face repression in Belarus

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 07:13

Workers and activists at Belaruskali, a potash fertilizer producer located in Soligorsk, face threats, repression and imprisonment in their fight for freedom and democracy in Belarus.

Philippine government U-turns on 13th month bonus after pressure from unions

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 06:24

The Philippine government has made a U-turn after previously saying employers economically constrained by Covid-19 would be allowed to defer the 13th month bonus, after being slammed by IndustriALL Global Union affiliates the Associated Labor Unions (ALU), All Workers Alliance Trade Unions (AWATU) and Integrated Labor Organisation.

Italian workers fight against closure of Whirlpool in Naples

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 12:31

The Italian affiliates of IndustriALL Global Union, FIM-CISL, FIOM-CGIL and UILM-UiIL, representing workers of Whirlpool, a multinational that produces home appliances, are staging two days of protest action on 22 and 23 October. They demand a review of the company’s decision to close down its Naples site by the end of October 2020. The decision jeopardizes over 400 jobs.

Unions in solidarity with youth protests to stop police brutality in Nigeria

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:45

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Nigeria are supporting the popular youth protests to stop police brutality in the country. The protests have seen thousands of youths take to the streets and are trending on social media under the hashtag #EndSARS.

Swiss to vote on holding multinationals responsible for supply chains

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 08:33

On 29 November, Switzerland will hold a nationwide referendum on the Responsible Business Initiative. A vote in favour of the initiative will make companies headquartered in Switzerland legally responsible for what happens in their supply chains.

Union wins right to organize in Myanmar through ACT guidelines

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 04:30

Since the global outbreak of Covid-19, ACT brands and IndustriALL have observed an increased level of union busting in the global garment and footwear supply chain. To protect and promote Freedom of Association in Myanmar, an ongoing collaboration between IndustriALL, Myanmar-based union IWFM and ACT brands plays a critical role in protecting workers’ rights.

Workers suffer harsh Covid-19 containment measures

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 03:16

Garment workers in Sri Lanka were herded off into quarantine by the army in the middle of the night following a rapid increase of infections. Unions say that this could have been avoided by forming the recommended health committees.

Indonesia: violent response to union strike

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 09:45

Workers and unions in Indonesia who went on a national strike on 6-8 October after the country’s Parliament passed the controversial Omnibus law, were met with violence and arbitrary arrests.

Workers picket over violence and nepotism in Mongolia

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 08:50

The first ever picket in Mongolia’s energy sector gathered more than 20 workers at the state-owned Thermal Power Plant 2 SSH Co. (TPP2) on 12 October, with protestors raising their voices over violence against women union leaders and rampant nepotism in the company.

BHP continues to avoid dialogue with IndustriALL

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:41

During its virtual annual general meeting for shareholders and investors, mining giant BHP, the largest mining company in the world by market capitalization and a company that claims to operate with integrity and responsibility, refused to recognize its responsibility in the Cerrejón conflict.

Colombian organizations march in support of Sintracarbón

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 10:14

As the strike at the Cerrejón mine in Colombia is approaching 50 days, civil, social and union organizations marched in solidarity with the workers and the union, Sintracarbón.

Kyrgyzstan must respect democracy and human and workers’ rights

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 07:55

Recent political events in Kyrgyzstan must lead the country to stability and peace and contribute to strengthening democracy, human and workers’ rights in line with international norms and standards, say IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliates.

Unions not consulted on Chevron Nigeria plans to lay-off 1,000 workers

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 07:37

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Nigeria that organize in the oil and gas sector, the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) say they were not consulted on the proposed lay-off of 1,000 workers at Chevron Nigeria.

Cement workers locked out three hours after strike starts

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 09:51

Management of Demix Béton, Canadian subsidiary of cement multinational CRH, locked out workers three hours after they went on strike over wage increase.  

Finnish paper makers break national bargaining

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 09:28

IndustriALL Global Union condemns the decision of the employers’ group in Finland to break the long-standing sector bargaining, as it attempts to reduce labour costs to expand profits.

HeidelbergCement network commits to fight back new challenges

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:42

About 40 participants from unions affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union and Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) met online to discuss developments and challenges for employees of German building materials multinational HeidelbergCement.

Kumho Tire broke the law to attack union

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 09:22

The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that the Korean multinational tyre manufacturer illegally suppressed a United Steelworkers (USW) 2017 organizing drive in Macon, Georgia.

BASF unions maintain unity against Covid-19 challenges

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 09:15

The IndustriALL trade union networks of BASF workers in Asia and Latin America are advancing towards stronger dialogue with the company. The world’s largest chemicals company, BASF, employs members of IndustriALL affiliated unions on all continents. While strong regional union structures are in place in Europe and the Americas, now the Asia-Pacific regional group is becoming equally mature, well-organized, and seeking an official relationship with regional management.


Tue, 10/13/2020 - 08:40

The first Japanese multinational to sign a Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL.

Nuclear workers join forces

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 05:55

Even with a pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, the nuclear sector remains fairly stable. But the current situation puts an increased focus on health and safety, which workers and unions must be involved in. That was the conclusion as 35 unionists from 15 countries unionists from around the world met online to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the energy sector.