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Kazakhstan: independent union leader freed

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:08

Amin Yeleusinov, former chair of the trade union of Oil Construction Company (OCC), was released from prison in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan on 22 May following a decision of the local court taken on 4 May.

Shell unable to answer worker questions at AGM

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:51

Royal Dutch Shell’s executive board failed to give adequate responses to questions on serious violations of workers’ rights at its annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday. 

ST Microelectronics trade union network demands global dialogue

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:16

The STMicroelectronics trade union network has said that workers should benefit from the strong growth of the company. The network demands the resolution of social issues in the company’s operations, and global dialogue to secure sustainable jobs and global framework agreement.

Organizing the diamond mining industry in Lesotho

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 04:11

Deep inside the mountain kingdom of Lesotho lies untapped treasure that is attracting global diamond mining capital.

French cosmetics brand Yves Rocher dismisses 100+ union members

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 03:36

Since April, Yves Rocher has dismissed a total of 115 workers at their Turkish subsidiary Kosan Kozmetik Pazarlama ve Ticaret AS for exercising their fundamental right to join a union.

Latin America and the Caribbean activates its strategic plan for the region

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 02:40

90 trade union representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the Second Regional Conference of IndustriALL in Panama, to redefine its strategic plan and promote the participation of the affiliates in its implementation.

Russia: Dissolution of ITUWA overruled

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:53

The Supreme Court of Russia overruled the verdict of the Saint Petersburg city court which on 10 January ruled to liquidate IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Interregional Trade Union Workers’ Association (ITUWA).

Ethiopia: Meeting stirs social dialogue on decent wages

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 04:25

A meeting on “Organizing the international supply chain” in the textile and garment sector has kick-started much-needed social dialogue on wages and been met with approval from unions.

Korean union leader Han Sang-gyun released from prison

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:57

On 21 May, the former president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), Han Sang-gyun was released from prison.

Pakistan: victims of Ali enterprises factory fire begin to receive compensation

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:39

In September 2012, over 250 workers were killed and 50 more suffered serious injuries in a fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan. Now, after almost six years, victims have started receiving compensation payments based on an agreement reached between German brand KiK and IndustriALL Global Union and Clean Clothes Campaign, mediated by the ILO.

Unions at Gerdau recommit to global struggle for workers’ rights

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:56

Gerdau workers will escalate their coordination to achieve respect for workers’ rights at the company’s operations around the world.

Ukraine: ArcelorMittal workers protest unsafe conditions and poor wages

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:35

Workers at the railway workshop at the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih steel plant have begun industrial action against unsafe working conditions and low wages. 

MENA: Textile unions continue to progress in organizing and bargaining

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:02

IndustrtiALL Global Union‘s textile and garment affiliates from MENA region’s main producer countries Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco reported tangible progress in organizing and collective bargaining at a meeting at Tunisian capital, Tunis, on 3-4 May 2018. With renewed determination, affiliates developed further plans for important actions in the textile and garment supply chain. 

DowDuPont: Don’t Spin Off Worker Rights!

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:35

IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliates throughout the world call for support in demanding chemicals giant DowDuPont to respect workers’ rights through its current spin-off process.

Iraqi electricity workers win inclusion for 150,000 precarious workers

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:18

Recent strike action by 30,000 Iraqi electricity workers employed on precarious contracts has lead the government to concede and provide 150,000 public workers from all sectors with the same pension and social security rights as permanent workers.

Belarus: Independent union leaders face long prison sentences

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:45

On 8 May, the criminal investigation against Belarussian trade unionists Gennady Fedynich and Ihar Komlik was concluded. Both union leaders are accused of large-scale tax evasion.

South Africa: Union condemns retrenchment of 1,722 mineworkers at Evander gold mine

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:43

Pan African Resources’ Evander gold mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga Province, has given notice to retrench 95 per cent of its workers – 1722 workers out of 1812 – by the end of May. IndustriALL affiliate the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is asking that the Department of Mineral Resources intervene to save the jobs, even if it means that the government revokes the mining licence.

French cosmetics brand dismisses union members in Turkey

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 07:19

After joining IndustriALL affiliate Petrol-Is, Oil, 85 workers at the Turkish subsidiary of French cosmetics company Yves Rocher, Kosan Kozmetik Pazarlama ve Ticaret AS, were dismissed.

Unions to take joint action against General Electric

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 03:47

Trade unions representing workers at General Electric from across North America, Europe and Asia have pledged to make workers’ voices heard at the company, at a meeting of the IndustriALL’s General Electric Trade Union Network in Toronto, Canada, from 7-8 May 2018.

A tale of two factories: union representation in Mexico’s tyre industry

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 08:35

Two factories in San Luis de Potosi, one of Mexico’s main indudstrial centres, produce tyres for major multinational companies, Continental Tire and Goodyear. Only a few kilometres separate the two plants, but the way they operate couldn’t be further apart. Much of that comes down to a question of union representation. 

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