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Organizing in the textile and garment sector in Thailand

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:11

IndustriALL organized the first workshop in Thailand on organizing in the supply chain for textile, garment, shoes and leather (TGSL) sector affiliate, Textile Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation of Thailand (TWFT) on 3-4 May in Bangkok.

PHOTO PAGE: Trade unions lead the fight for gender equality and against gender-based violence

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 04:10

On International Women’s Day this year, IndustriALL affiliates demonstrated their determination to advance gender equality at work. They called for women’s voices to be heard in unions, and more women in leadership positions. 

PROFILE: Organizing in the garment and textile sector in Ethiopia

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 18:51

On 7 March, thousands of textile and garment workers went on strike at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, demanding better wages, safe working conditions and an end to sexual harassment. The workers were not represented by a trade union, because for the past two years, management at the industrial park has refused to allow unions to organize. 

PROFILE: Indian unions fight precarious work

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 18:21

The All India Cement Employees Federation (AICEF) and Unions United both affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union in November 2018. While defending the rights of precarious workers and women, both industrial federations have led struggles, built union structures and overcome challenges posed by employers.

REPORT: The Future of Work, and IndustriALL Global Union

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:53

The Constitution of the International Labour Organization (ILO), adopted in the aftermath of World War I with the idea that there cannot be lasting world peace without social justice, has been described as the most ambitious social contract ever written. This year, 2019, will be the centenary of the ILO Constitution and to mark this event, on 22 January 2019 the ILO released the report of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, entitled “Work for a brighter future”.

INTERVIEW: Natalia Marynyuk

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:31

Natalia Marynyuk started her career in 1996 as an economist at the blast furnace shop No. 1 of the state-owned Kryvorizhstal Steel Works. The plant is named after the city where it is located, Kryvyi Rih, one of the ten biggest industrial cities in Ukraine.

Welcome to global worker

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:59

This issue of Global Worker is published at a time when the global political and economic climate continues to deteriorate. 

Building union power in broader Europe

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:59

Brexit, climate change and decarbonization, Industry 4.0, labour migration, political instability, trade wars supplemented with violations of trade union rights – all of these challenges inside and outside Europe require new answers from workers and their unions who have no other option but to work together.

FEATURE: Why we need international union solidarity now more than ever

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 08:18

A world in crisis needs a pathway to a better future. Unions can provide it.

 

SPECIAL REPORT: Why is mining still so dangerous?

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 07:31

Despite labour regulations and the efforts of unions, mining accidents take the lives of thousands of workers every year around the world and seriously damage the environment. Why is mining still so dangerous?

Bangladesh Accord achievements secured

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 11:16

A breakthrough agreement has been reached between the Accord and the Bangladesh garment employers’ association (BGMEA) that will ensure that the progress made on factory safety in Bangladesh will continue. On 19 May, the agreement was accepted by the Bangladesh Appellate Court which has given permission for the Accord to continue during a 12 month transition period.

IndustriALL, PSI and UNI to build Fresenius worker network

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:01

On 16-17 May, unions from four continents met in Frankfurt to coordinate their joint demand for labour rights throughout the operations of Fresenius. The German based multinational company is a market leading private health care provider, owning hospitals, dialysis clinics, and producing medicines and medical devices.

Kenyan union signs collective agreement with Isuzu East Africa

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:03

The signing of a collective bargaining agreement with Isuzu East Africa shows that wages and working conditions can be improved when unions and employers adopt a conciliatory approach to labour relations.

Global unions challenge LafargeHolcim shareholders

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:23

IndustriALL Global Union, Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and the Belgian trade union Centrale Générale / Fédération Générale des Travailleurs de Belgique (CG-FGTB) informed shareholders of the cement multinational LafargeHolcim at their annual general meeting held on 15 May 2019 in Switzerland about the misbehaviour of the company and demanded respect for the workers worldwide.

3,000 jobs lost expose precarious working conditions in Zambia’s copper mines

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:19

Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mine announced that it will close two shafts and retrench 600 permanent workers and a further 1,500 from contracted companies, and Zambian unions are angry.

Just Transition - and idea whose time has come

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:40

Affiliates of IndustriALL and its predecessors originated and named the concept of a Just Transition, which has since spread through the global labour movement. At the 2016 Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, IndustriALL re-affirmed its commitment to achieving a Just Transition.

Just Transition - what do trade unions demand?

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 05:49

For a Just Transition to a future in which the environment is protected and the economy is thriving, workers need sustainable industrial policies, with strong social protections, and support for workers – guided by social dialogue.

27 coalminers killed in Pakistan so far in 2019

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 04:38

At least 27 coal miners have been killed so far in 2019 in Pakistan mine accidents. Trade unions demand that the government immediately ratify ILO C 176 on safety and health in mines.

Labour reform: Mexico’s independent unions highlight progress

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:19

"Nothing will prevent us from organizing and mobilizing workers." This was the conclusion made by Mexico's independent unions after the new labour reform was published on 1 May, International Workers' Day.

Colombian union leaders receive death threats

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:10

Leaders of Colombian mining unions Sintracarbón, which is an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, and Sintramienergética received death threats after they met with Dutch members of parliament and representatives of Glencore, Cerrejon and Drummond.

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