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IndustriALL unions negotiate global dispute resolution mechanism with H&M

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 09:27

IndustriALL Global Union trade union affiliates representing garment workers at H&M have agreed upon a global dispute resolution mechanism with the Swedish fashion giant, as part of IndustriALL’s global framework agreement (GFA) with the company. 

Rubber unions in unity against attacks

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 05:41

Meeting in Mumbai, India on 18-19 December 2018, around 50 rubber union representatives from 15 countries in Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe engaged in a series of discussions to evaluate progress in implementing the Action Plan adopted by the World Rubber Conference in Pittsburgh, USA in September 2017.

Young Filipino workers pledge to be dynamic actors in society

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 09:57

Thirty-three participants aged between 20 to 35 years from ten Philippine trade unions affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union attended a national young workers’ training workshop. Sixty percent of the participants were young women.

More than 40 striking steelworkers detained in Iran

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 08:37

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the government of Iran to condemn to the arrest of more than 40 striking workers at the Ahvaz Steel complex, in brutal raids at their homes on 17 and 18 December.

Young trade union leaders in MENA region complete training

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 07:05

Thirty-two young trade union leaders from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Tunisia and Morocco became the first to graduate from a training programme set up to build capacity among young leaders and potential leaders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). 

Two former Ford executives sentenced for crimes against humanity in Argentina

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 05:09

An Argentine court has sentenced two former Ford executives at the company’s plant in Argentina for their role in the human rights crimes committed against Ford workers during the country's last dictatorship.

Mexican activists plan an exchange platform for energy transition

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:38

Nineteen representatives of independent trade unions and social movements in Mexico related to wind power and hydroelectric industries met on 3 December and agreed to create an exchange energy platform.

Unjust sentencing of Cambodian union leaders must be quashed

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 07:52

Six prominent trade union leaders in Cambodia have been given suspended jail sentences following a trial riddled with irregularities and lacking in evidence. IndustriALL Global Union demands that the sentencing be immediately overturned.  

Chemical and pharmaceutical unions push for worker protections at ILO global forum

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:40

IndustriALL Global Union trade unions from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries pushed for better worker protections at an International Labour Organization (ILO) global forum on digitalization and the future of work, from 10 to 12 December. 

German union IG BCE secures guarantees as Bayer set to slash jobs

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:43

IndustriALL Global Union’s German affiliate, IG BCE, has signed a joint declaration with Bayer in Germany, providing protection for workers against dismissal until the end of 2025. The pharmaceutical giant is set to cut around 12,000 jobs worldwide. 

“We want an industrialized Africa” say IndustriALL affiliates

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:41

Around 80 participants from 20 Sub-Saharan African countries attended IndustriALL Global Union’s Conference on Industrialization in Africa, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 7 December 2018, to explore union strategies on sustainable industrialization of the continent.

Strong union presence in renewables is key to future

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:02

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from the mechanical engineering sector met in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 9 and 10 December 2018 to explore organizing in the rapidly growing renewables sector.

Austrian, Croatian and Slovenian textile unions cooperate on organizing

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 03:03

Unions from three countries agreed to cooperate on organizing and collective bargaining in Austrian-owned leather companies in Croatia and Slovenia, at a seminar in Zagreb, Croatia, on 3-4 December 2018.

IndustriALL mounts pressure on Volkswagen to engage with US union

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:07

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on German car manufacturer Volkswagen to immediately enter into bargaining negotiation with workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee represented by the UAW

Unions in Hungary protest against “slavery law”

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:26

10,000 workers demonstrated in Hungary’s capital Budapest on 8 December, to protest against proposed changes to the labour law, by some critics dubbed a “slavery law”.

Bangladesh government attempts to paralyze Accord and strip its independence

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 08:09

The Bangladesh Government is using proceedings before the Supreme Court of Bangladesh to prevent the Accord from operating, thereby putting workers’ safety at risk.

Union activists tortured in Iran as strike wave spreads

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:42

A wave of strike action across the province of Khuzestan has led to the arrest and torture of leading activists.

Lesotho union observes AIDS Day

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:11

One in six adults in Lesotho are living with HIV and AIDS according to UNAIDS. These include young women workers from the textile and garment sector, and unions are taking this up as part of their organizing.

Peru: Manufacturing unions facing up to the challenge

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 08:57

Peru is a bastion of orthodox neoliberalism, where institutions are weak and economic growth is all that matters. But IndustriALL Global Union affiliates (FENAIP, FETRIMAP and FNTTP) are fighting back. They recently agreed to form a national council in order to work closely together, and have planned a series of joint activities as part of a project funded by Union to Union. The two unions in the manufacturing industry are making gains for workers’ rights.

Shell’s hidden shame - Contract workers on the poverty line in Nigeria

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:38

Oscar Tamuno*, a driver for major Shell contractor, Plantgeria, has not had a wage increase in eight years. After paying taxes, pension contributions and union dues, he takes home 94,000 naira a month (US$258) working a 12-hour day, six days a week. And yet, Oscar is better off than many of his co-workers.

* Not his real name.

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