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Major unions join high-level transport symposium in South Africa

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 09:58

Being organized and working together is how we make the biggest impact, said IndustriALL general secretary Valter Sanches at a transport symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, focusing on how to appeal to the 76 percent of transport workers in the country that are unorganized.

ACT initiative: a potential strategy for living wages in Ethiopia

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 04:10

The campaign for living wages in Ethiopia is at the point where the question is not when the low wages will be increased but how soon this can be done.

A world of work free of violence and harassment

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 03:39

8 March, International Women’s Day, provides an important moment to promote the new ILO Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work, and to call for its ratification.

Ukrainian coal miners bring challenges to the President

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 05:58

For the first time in six years, the President of Ukraine participated in the All-Ukrainian coal miners meeting on 25 February in Kiev, and promised to pay all wages owed to coal miners in state-owned enterprises within two months. 

Marble quarry accident highlights ongoing slaughter in Pakistan mines

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 05:13

At least ten people were killed and 30 were trapped after a rock slide at a marble quarry in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on 22 February. The horrific accident highlights the ongoing slaughter in Pakistan’s mines, which kill 200 workers each year.

Can global mining companies meet society’s expectations?

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 09:22

What will it take mining companies to meet the expectations of society? Responsible Mining Index Report 2020 has found that mining companies are failing in their environmental, social and corporate governance commitments that would put them on the path to meeting society’s expectations.

Sintracarbón reaches critical step at Cerrejón

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 06:47

IndustriALL affiliate Sintracarbón and mining company Cerrejón have agreed to extend the collective bargaining period until 6 March. If no agreement is reached by then, the union will vote whether to go on strike.

Union signs historic agreement with Ternium Guatemala

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 08:22

After an eight-year struggle, Sitraternium signed an collective agreement with Ternium Guatemala on 29 January.

Unions optimistic as AngloGold Ashanti's Obuasi mine in Ghana resumes operations

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 07:18

Following a period of uncertainty, when the Obuasi mine was put on limited operations, and then on care and maintenance in 2016, the mine is up and running again.

Unions picket General Electric Nigeria over unpaid benefits to 150 workers

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:11

Unions in the oil and gas sector are furious over the refusal of General Electric International Operations in Nigeria (GEION) to pay millions of US dollars allegedly owed to its Nigerian sub-contractor, the Arco Group, which is prejudicing outstanding gratuities and allowances of 150 workers.

ILO inquiry on the Philippines should include unions

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 03:58

Unions in the Philippines are calling on the government to include trade union representatives in the technical working group for International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) inquiry into the killings of labour activists in Philippines.

South Asia unions build strength by mapping supply chains

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:25

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from India, Pakistan and Nepal met in Kathmandu on 18-19 February 2020 to evaluate the progress made by the South Asia union building and multinational supply chain project and plan activity for the following years.

Due diligence: has France really laid the foundations to end corporate impunity?

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:26

On 24 October 2013, the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, triggered a huge outcry. Over a thousand people were killed when the building, which housed garment factories, collapsed. The tragedy drew attention to the conditions widely endured by workers employed by the subcontractors of major brands and European companies, such as Carrefour, Mango, Auchan and Primark. None of these multinationals have since been brought to justice. The obstacle lies with the buyer relationship and the difficulty, if not impossibility, of proving that the parent companies were aware of the working conditions of their suppliers’ employees.

Workers' rights in textile and footwear supply chains

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:59

IndustriALL Global Union and several of its affiliates ensured that workers’ rights were central at the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Textile and Footwear Sector on 11–13 February in Paris, France.  The Forum convenes over 500 representatives from government, business, trade unions and civil society to discuss key issues and risks related to due diligence in the global garment and footwear supply chain.

IndustriALL Bangladesh Council launches youth committee

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:26

Together with senior leaders of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) and the IBC Women’s Committee, 115 youth representatives participated at the convention which resulted in the launch of a youth committee.

Mexico must ratify ILO C176

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 03:17

On 19 February 2006, 65 workers died following a methane gas explosion at the Grupo Mexico mine in Pasta de Conchos, Mexico. Only two bodies were recovered before the company sealed the mine. As the 14th anniversary of the mining tragedy approaches, IndustriALL is calling on the Mexican government to ratify ILO Convention 176 on Safety and Health in Mines.

Bangladesh' shipbreaking yards continue to claim lives

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 05:00

Bangladesh is the top shipbreaking country in the world, but the industry’s dangerous working conditions have left two workers dead and more injured in the first weeks of February.

Unions can play an important role in intra-African trade

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:47

Trade unions as workers’ organizations can play important roles in intra-African trade between Sierra Leone and South Africa to ensure sustainable decent work, health and safety, and living wages, says IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers.

Global unions call for urgent ILO intervention in Algeria

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 09:26

Algeria’s government is systematically harassing, imprisoning and threatening independent trade union leaders and members.

Gender violence study in Brazilian garment factories provides a ‘wake-up call to action’

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 07:41

Gender-based violence and harassment at work is widespread in Brazil, and until the adoption of the world’s first global standard on violence and harassment at work, C190, little was being done to rectify it.