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French unions unite to defend the future of energy

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 03:31

IndustriALL Global Union’s French energy sector affiliates will come together for a day of action on 26 November 2020 to oppose policies that threaten the future of their sector, and the restructuring plans of the multinational companies EDF and ENGIE. 

Welcome to Global Worker

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 02:33

We have lived with Covid-19 since the beginning of this year. Variations of global lockdowns in the first and now second wave have been tough, and workers around the world have been severely affected. The world totals 56 million infected and 1.3 million deaths, bringing us all the challenge of a lifetime

FEATURE: Black Lives Matter - on our streets, in our workplaces, in our unions

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 19:13

After the brutal killing of George Floyd by police in the US in May this year, a wave of protest swept across the world. People took to the streets to voice what should be obvious: Black Lives Matter. From Detroit to London, from Paris to Geneva, people came together to denounce structural racism. 

SPECIAL REPORT: Changing the balance of power in the textile and garment industry

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 18:24

In the factories where textiles, garments, shoes, leather and accessories are produced, millions of people toil in insecure, low wage jobs, in unsafe conditions. Workers are exposed to chemicals used for bleaching and dyeing. Disasters like the Rana Plaza collapse and the Ali Enterprises fire kill thousands. Union campaigns on workers’ rights have shone a light on union busting, imprisonment, assault and occasionally murder. 

REPORT: Due diligence across the battery supply chain

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 17:25

There are numerous reports on projected ever-higher growth rates of battery demand and production volumes over the next decades. Most studies expect a growth of between 15 and 20 per cent until 2030, but growth will be big, regardless of the exact figure. This will have a deep impact on all industrial sectors along the battery supply chain organized by IndustriALL Global Union affiliates: mining, chemicals, energy, electronics, automotive, as well as others.

PROFILE: Struggle for democracy in Belarus

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 16:51

In the last three months, Belarus has become known for the protests that started when the former president of the country, Alexandre Lukashenko, awarded himself 80 per cent of the votes in a widely contested election. Unprovoked police violence followed the rigged elections, triggering the protests.

PROFILE: Haiti, fighting for members’ survival

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 16:25

IndustriALL’s Haitian affiliate, the Groupement des Travailleurs (euses) du Textile pour la Réexportation d'Assemblage (GOSTTRA) was formed in 2012 with an ambitious agenda to organize garment workers and build union power. 

PROFILE: Singaporean petroleum union negotiates with employers to protect jobs

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 16:05

Amid the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Workers of Petroleum Industry of Singapore (UWPI) is negotiating with employers to secure local jobs, reskilling trainings and industry transformation.

Nationwide demonstrations against regressive labour law in Korea

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 08:11

Tens of thousands of workers demonstrated across South Korea on 14 November, calling on the MOON Jae-in government to withdraw a regressive labour law revision and enact the “CHUN, Tae-il Act”, as workers commemorate the 50th year since the self-immolation of Korean labour martyr CHUN, Tae-il.

Action needed on Uyghur slave labour

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 07:51

The Chinese government continues to hold members of the Uyghur minority group in forced labour camps. Goods produced by these enslaved workers – particularly cotton – are entering global supply chains.

BHP workers tell investors about their reality

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 07:39

IndustriALL Global Union and PIRC (Pensions & Investment Research Consultants Ltd.) hosted a virtual round table, bringing together BHP worker representatives with investors in the company to raise concerns over violations and mishandling of Covid-19.

Make Amazon pay

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 00:56

The pandemic has exposed how Amazon places profits ahead of workers, society, and our planet. Amazon takes too much and gives back too little. It is time to Make Amazon Pay.

Tunisia experiments with a gradual transition to more sustainable jobs and businesses

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:32

Until 2016, dozens of workers at the factory, located in Mahdia, central-eastern Tunisia, worked night and day on the large precision machines that now sit motionless and desperately silent. While waiting for activities to resume, Ali has been sleeping here, upstairs on a simple sofa, to make sure there aren’t burglaries. He keeps a watchful eye and a loving gaze on the company that now belongs to him and 40 or so other former employees who decided to buy their factory.

Malaysian union victorious after seven year battle over unfair dismissals

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:32

The National Union of Transport Equipment and Allied Industries Workers (NUTEAIW) has emerged victorious after seven years of legal battles fighting the unfair dismissal of 18 members for exercising their political rights.

Oil and gas unions must fight for a Just Recovery

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 10:12

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing a crisis in the oil and gas sector. Global lockdowns and the restriction of air travel have led to a collapse in the oil price, affecting the profitability of parts of the sector. Unions must be prepared to fight for investment in a Just Transition.

Mongolian union fights sexual harassment at work

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:17

IndustriALL affiliate MEGM is determined to fight sexual harassment at the workplace, calling on the Mongolian government to revise the country’s labour law to to protect women’s rights.

Uganda unions engage social partners on African industrialization strategies

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 04:33

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda are hosting national conferences to discuss African industrialization strategies. This is part of African Industrialization Week, 17-20 November.

Tchibo and IndustriALL commit to support suppliers

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 03:57

In order to minimize the impacts of the pandemic, IndustriALL and German brand Tchibo have signed a joint declaration, reinforcing their longstanding cooperation in order to support the economic and social recovery of the global garment industry through the Covid-19 crisis.

US union calls on Safran to extend contract

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 02:46

130 Black women at Safran’s plant in Mississippi have not had a pay increase since 2018, are not entitled to sick days have had to work throughout the pandemic. Yet the French aerospace giant Safran is refusing to bargain in good faith with IndustriALL affiliate Workers United.

Building a green future with mechanical engineering

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 10:52

Over 60 participants from all continents attended the first online IndustriALL Global Union seminar on green technology in the mechanical engineering sector.

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