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Georgian glass factory workers on strike

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:14

Workers at the Ksani glass container factory went on strike on 5 February, after management continued to neglect union demands to sign a collective agreement and increase wages.

Stalemate continues at Morocco’s only oil refinery

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:17

A thousand workers at Morocco’s sole oil refinery are still in the dark about their future after the plant suspended production in August 2015 owing huge debts.

LafargeHolcim contract workers achieve fair settlement in India

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:21

After years of struggle, Indian cement union, PCSS, has reached a fair settlement for over 1,000 contract workers at Holcim (now LafargeHolcim). 

IndustriALL and ITUC support Indonesian living wage struggle

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:29

Speaking at a joint press conference in Jakarta today, ITUC and IndustriALL general secretaries Sharan Burrow and Jyrki Raina urged the Indonesian government to return to the bargaining table with unions for the discussion on a minimum living wage.

15,000 protest against TPPA in New Zealand

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 02:32

An estimated 15,000 people demonstrated through the streets of Auckland, New Zealand, on 4 February, as ministers from 12 countries met in the city to sign a divisive trade deal. 

Bangladesh garment factories still not safe

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:52

Dangerous garment factories are still a reality in Bangladesh as yet another fire erupts in Dhaka’s garment district.

IndustriALL demands release of Iranian workers

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:06

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the government of Iran to immediately release 28 workers arrested on 26 January.

USA: 18,000 steelworkers approve 3-year contract

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:24

IndustriALL affiliate United Steelworkers (USW) union have ratified a new three-year contract with U.S. Steel covering 18,000 workers at more than a dozen facilities across the United States.

General Electric plans to cut 6,500 jobs in Europe

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:45

American technology and financial services giant General Electric plans to cut 6,500 jobs in Europe over the next two years, following a restructuring of the group. Trade unions are opposing the job slaying and demanding that the workers’ rights are respected in the process.

Madagascar – Court decision shows Sherritt is not above the law

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:16

A Supreme Court (Conseil d’Etat) in Madagascar has suspended a decision by the Ministry of Labour in favour of a union leader sacked by Canadian mining company Sherritt at its Ambatovy nickel mine. 

Improving safety for oil and gas workers in the Arctic

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 03:49

A delegation of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates took part in a meeting at the International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, aimed at improving health and safety for oil and gas workers in the Arctic. 

Union struggles for decent work building at Rio Tinto

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 03:25

Struggles are building in a number of countries against attempts by Rio Tinto to increase the use of precarious labour.

Foundation stone laid for shipbreaking workers’ training centre in India

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:48

More than 18,000 union members in the shipbreaking industry will benefit from a new training centre in Alang, India, due to be completed by August 2016.

Reinstate Thai auto workers says IndustriALL

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:01

More than 600 locked-out auto workers in Thailand must be reinstated, said IndustriALL in letters to the Thai government and Japanese company Sanko Gosei Ltd.

US Steelworkers rally against ArcelorMittal to demand fair contracts

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:12

Around 100 United Steelworkers (USW) members, retirees and supporters rallied at rush hour outside ArcelorMittal’s corporate offices in downtown Chicago on the morning of 27 January 2016 and delivered a loud and clear message directly to group chairman and CEO, Lakshmi Mittal, “We deserve a fair contract now!”. 

South Korea trade unionists holed up in offices

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:14

Lee Youngjoo has not left her Seoul trade union offices for several weeks. If she does, she is afraid she will be arrested and put in prison like her colleague, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) president, Han Sang-gyun.

Philippines: union actions at Sanofi Aventis lead to collective bargaining agreement

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:10

In January, union members at French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Aventis in the Philippines, took action in different regions of the country to end a collective bargaining deadlock. Negotiations between the local union and the company management had broken down in September 2015 over wage increases.

Miners’ union and companies want to improve industrial relations

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:06

The Mexican miners’ union and more than 40 companies share the same objective: tackle the problems caused by the global economy for both workers and companies. This was on the agenda when they met on 21-23 January to discuss how to improve industrial relations.

Kyrgyzstan: victory for striking gold miners

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:39

A three-day strike by workers at the Zhamgyr gold mine in Kyrgyzstan has resulted in victory after their demands have been met.

Avon, ‘the company for women’ hurts women in the Philippines

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 09:37

All across America, Europe and Asia, Avon is well known for its cosmetics and home products used by millions of women who themselves are part of the company’s direct sale agents.