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Namibia: 1,500 workers to be retrenched as mine closes

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 08:19

Skorpion Zinc mine has announced a suspension of operations on safety grounds and put the mine on “care and maintenance”, which risks turning the nearby community which depends on the mine for employment into a ghost town.

Malaysian unions fight for workers during lockdown

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 05:20

Trade unions in Malaysia have lodged complaints over factories remaining open during the lockdown, jeopardizing workers’ health and safety.

Unions warn of looming COVID-19 catastrophe in Zimbabwe

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:46

The lacklustre approach on COVID-19 by the Zimbabwean government can lead to a disaster in a country battling with widespread hunger, high unemployment, water shortages, and an economic crisis, says IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (ZEWU).

Japanese metalworkers secure wage increase

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:58

Through the JCM’s  Shunto (spring labour offensive), many unions at large companies in the Japanese metal industry have secured wage increases.

Argentinian union condemns LafargeHolcim for exposing workers to COVID-19

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 05:33

According to IndustriALL affiliate Asociación Obrera Minera Argentina (AOMA) Holcim (of the LafargeHolcim group) is demanding that employees continue work as normal, in violation of the emergency decrees adopted by the Argentinian government to protect against the corona virus.

Belarus: work contract not renewed over union activity

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 08:39

Mikalaj Valadzko’s work contract was terminated by German-based Redpath Deilmann over his activities in IndustriALL affiliate Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU).


ACT brands commit to responsible business practices in Bangladesh

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 11:17

ACT signatory brands have expressed their commitment to maintain responsible business practices and social dialogue with union representatives from IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), amid the corona virus outbreak.

Sri Lankan union protects workers amid Covid-19

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 04:56

The Sri Lankan government took action as IndustriALL affiliate FTZ&GSEU’s called to transport workers stranded in boarding houses in free trade zones back to their homes. Now the union is urging the government to ensure due wages are paid. 

Myanmar union calls for paid stay-at-home leave

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 01:24

Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) is calling on employers to accept a one-month shutdown of factories to help prevent an outbreak of the corona virus, while workers are paid the minimum wage.

Covid-19 - Advice for workers and employers

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:25

IndustriALL Global Union views occupational health and safety as a matter of workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities. The extraordinary situation created by the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, does not change these fundamentals. In fact, they are now more important than ever.

Union members race to convert factories to produce supplies for Covid-19 patients

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 13:00

In the wake of the Corona epidemic, workplaces are changing production to join the fight against the virus.

Italian metalworkers strike to halt non-essential production

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:45

Metalworkers took a high participation in the eight-hour general strike called on 25 March by the Italian unions Fiom, Fim and Uilm in Lombardy, the heaviest COVID-19 affected region in northern Italy. Local unions report about work abstention levels as high as 60 to 90 percent in all the provinces of the region.

South African textile union wins full pay guarantee during coronavirus lockdown

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 08:37

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has reached an agreement to guarantee six weeks of full pay for 80,000 workers as the country goes into lockdown.

Global tyre industry continues to slow down

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 08:06

The continued slowdown of tyre production due to COVID-19 is affecting IndustriALL Global Union members. Measures are taken to protect staff and to respond to a severe drop in demand. All companies suspending production report that they will continue to be able to fill customers’ needs from existing stock.

African trade unions want mining companies to follow COVID-19 protocols

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 03:40

Mining unions in Sub Saharan Africa are calling for due diligence and adherence to health and safety standards, and national and supranational protocols to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These calls come amidst national states of disasters and lockdowns in most countries.

IndustriALL urges Madagascar to ratify C176

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 04:10

IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliates in Madagascar are intensifying demands for the ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 176 on safety and health in mines.

COVID-19 - an existential crisis for the garment industry

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 10:10

As retailers close shops around the world, garment factories are shutting down at an alarming rate with devastating impacts for garment workers.

Kazakh union leader Erlan Baltabay released

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 07:51

On 20 March, Erlan Baltabay, leader of the Independent Oil and Energy Workers’ Union in Kazakhstan, was released from prison.  

Peru’s government puts economic interests before miners’ safety

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 04:19

Even though Peru’s government has introduced a curfew and state of emergency, mineworkers still have to go to work without any virus-protection measures. 

Tyre workers sent home as Covid-19 closes factories

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 10:18

With major halts in auto production, the tyre industry is largely reducing work. Temporary plant closures are announced by market leading tyre companies who employ thousands of IndustriALL members.